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Esophageal Cancer - American Family Physician

Jan 1, 2017 - Esophageal cancer has a poor prognosis and high mortality rate, with an estimated 16,910 new cases and 15,910 deaths projected in 2016 in the United States. Squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma account for more than 95% of esophageal cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma is more common...

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Increased Specificity Paves the Way for Higher Reimbursement -- Physician Payment

Dec 16, 2016 - Purchase access to this webcast to learn about distinguishing the innate differences between unspecified, not elsewhere classified, etc., within the ICD-10 code set, applying concepts to quickly assign common codes typical to family medicine, and more.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - Carpal tunnel syndrome, the most common entrapment neuropathy of the upper extremity, is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel. Classically, patients with the condition experience pain and paresthesias in the distribution of the median nerve, ...

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Prognosis Following Mild Head Injury in Children - Point-of-Care Guides - American ...

Dec 15, 2016 - Concussion, also referred to as mild traumatic brain injury, is a common injury in children. It is defined as a transient disturbance in mental status following head trauma, and it can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional sequelae. Symptoms continuing for more than 28 ...

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Primary Care Principles - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by difficulty with social communication and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interest, or activities. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed., created an umbrella diagnosis that includes several previously ...

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Empagliflozin (Jardiance) for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - STEPS - American Family Physician

Dec 15, 2016 - Empagliflozin can be added to existing type 2 diabetes treatment to lower A1C levels, although there are less expensive options. In older patients with preexisting cardiovascular disease, empagliflozin can decrease all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and hospitalization for ...

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Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

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Unexplained Lymphadenopathy: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis - American Family ...

Dec 1, 2016 - Lymphadenopathy is benign and self-limited in most patients. Etiologies include malignancy, infection, and autoimmune disorders, as well as medications and iatrogenic causes. The history and physical examination alone usually identify the cause of lymphadenopathy. When the cause is ...

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It’s Time for ICD-10 Changes -- FPM

Dec 1, 2016 - The ICD-10 grace period has ended, so avoid using out-of-date and unspecified codes.

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Acute Monoarthritis: Diagnosis in Adults - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - Acute monoarthritis can be the initial manifestation of many joint disorders. The most common diagnoses in the primary care setting are osteoarthritis, gout, and trauma. It is important to understand the prevalence of specific etiologies and to use the appropriate diagnostic modalities....

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Erectile Dysfunction - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2016 - Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. It is common, affecting at least 12 million U.S. men. The five-question International Index of Erectile Function allows rapid clinical assessment of ED. The ...

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AAFP Summary Identifies Key Elements for Family Physicians

Nov 14, 2016 - AAFP staff experts have created a summary document to guide family physicians through the final 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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National STD Prevalence Hits All-time High -- Again

Oct 26, 2016 - A new CDC report finds that for the second consecutive year, newly diagnosed cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen, topping out at an unprecedented combined high.

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Report Calls for Addressing Social Risks in Medicare Payment

Oct 19, 2016 - A new report suggests ways for CMS to account for physicians' attention to social determinants of health.

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Intimate Partner Violence - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent worldwide health problem, affecting women more commonly than men. IPV is underreported and underrecognized by health care professionals. Even when IPV is recognized, it remains an underaddressed issue. In addition to physical injury and ...

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The Pretravel Consultation - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - Key components of the pretravel consultation include intake questions regarding the traveler’s anticipated itinerary and medical history; immunizations; malaria prophylaxis; and personal protection measures against arthropod bites, traveler’s diarrhea, and injury. Most vaccinations that...

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The Mental Status Examination - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - The mental status examination includes general observations made during the clinical encounter, as well as specific testing based on the needs of the patient and physician. Multiple cognitive functions may be tested, including attention, executive functioning, gnosia, language, memory, ...

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ACIP Updates Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for 2016-2017 - Practice Guidelines ...

Oct 15, 2016 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released its annual recommendations for routine influenza vaccination in the 2016–2017 season.

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Tips for International Travel - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2016 - ...Accidental Injuries Accidental injuries, including motor vehicle crashes and drowning, are the most common causes of travel-associated deaths in people traveling outside of the United States. To reduce your risk of an accident: Use seat belts whenever possible. Avoid riding on...

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Will You Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes?

Oct 11, 2016 - Whether you live in an area that is vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural disasters, there are steps family physicians can take to help patients and families, as well as their own practices and communities, prepare for the worst.

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It’s Time for ICD-10 Changes -- FPM

Oct 3, 2016 - The ICD-10 grace period has ended, so avoid using out-of-date and unspecified codes.

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Top POEMs of 2015 Consistent with the Principles of the Choosing Wisely Campaign - ...

Oct 1, 2016 - The authors applied a novel method to identify recent clinical studies that showed results consistent with the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The method, based on crowdsourcing studies known as POEMs (patientoriented evidence that matters), involved analyzing POEM ratings ...

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Children's Hospital Outing Offers Hands-on Learning

Sep 30, 2016 - Learners looking for something unique found it in a Family Medicine Experience Out and About session at Nemours Children's Hospital.

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Delegates Address Discrimination, Diversity and Gun Violence

Sep 26, 2016 - Delegates to the 2016 Congress of Delegates addressed a number of health policy issues, including discrimination, social determinants of health and gun violence.

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2016 - Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, ...

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