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One Month of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Followed by Clopidogrel Alone is Superior to 12 ...

Dec 15, 2019 - This study found that one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin plus clopidogrel or prasugrel [Effient]) followed by clopidogrel monotherapy for up to five years is both noninferior and superior to 12 months of dual antiplatelet therapy followed by aspirin for up to five years for...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od5.html

Surgery or Lasers Preferred to Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins - POEMs - American...

May 15, 2020 - For symptomatic varicose veins at least 3 mm in diameter with evidence of saphenous vein reflux, laser ablation is the preferred initial therapy.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0515/p630a.html

Baloxavir Reduces Symptom Duration Similar to Oseltamivir, Primarily Within 24 Hours of...

Dec 15, 2019 - Baloxavir has similar efficacy to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) (33-hour reduction in duration of symptoms compared with placebo) and, like oseltamivir, is most effective when given within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1215/od4.html

No Reduction in Delirium with the Use of Haloperidol or Ziprasidone in Critically Ill ...

Apr 1, 2019 - For patients with acute respiratory failure or shock who develop delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU), the use of haloperidol or ziprasidone (Geodon) does not reduce the duration of delirium. This trial was powered to detect at least a two-day difference in the duration of ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p460.html

Misoprostol Alone is Associated with High Rate of Successful First-Trimester Abortion -...

Jul 15, 2019 - Misoprostol alone was associated with a nearly 80% success rate in the first trimester of pregnancy on meta-analysis.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0715/p119.html

Pioglitazone After Stroke or TIA Reduces Stroke and MI, but Also Has Significant Harms ...

Aug 15, 2016 - In patients with a recent stroke or TIA and evidence of insulin resistance, pioglitazone reduces the likelihood of myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke (number needed to treat [NNT] = 36 over five years) but increases the risk of significant weight gain (number needed to treat to harm ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0815/p319.html

e-Cigarettes More Effective Than Nicotine Replacement for Cessation of Tobacco Use in ...

Oct 1, 2019 - Among adults who smoked a median of 15 cigarettes per day, those who were randomized to receive e-cigarettes were more likely to be abstinent at one year than those who received nicotine replacement (number needed to treat [NNT] = 12).

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1001/p442.html

Lorcaserin Is Safe, But Only Modestly Effective for Weight Loss - POEMs - American ...

Mar 15, 2019 - Lorcaserin, 10 mg twice daily, helps some patients lose 10% or more of their body weight (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10) and appears to be safe in terms of cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0315/od4.html

Early Cardioversion No Better Than Delayed Cardioversion for Recent-Onset Symptomatic ...

Nov 15, 2019 - For patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset symptomatic atrial fibrillation, early cardioversion is no better than delayed cardioversion in achieving sinus rhythm within four weeks.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/1115/p648.html

Cold Symptoms Unaffected by Regular Analgesic Dosing or Use of Steam - POEMs - American...

Sep 1, 2014 - Advice regarding the use of steam inhalation, ibuprofen alone or with acetaminophen, acetaminophen alone, and regular vs. as-needed use of analgesics did not show any improved effectiveness in treating symptoms of acute respiratory tract infections. Ibuprofen may be beneficial in ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0901/p335.html

Increased Readmissions and Adverse Events with Intensification of Antihypertensive ...

Feb 15, 2020 - The intensification of antihypertensive regimens on discharge in older adults hospitalized for noncardiac conditions is associated with an increased risk of readmission (number needed to harm [NNH] = 27) and medication-related serious adverse events (NNH = 63) within 30 days.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0215/p248a.html

Clopidogrel Plus Aspirin Provides More Net Benefit Than Aspirin Alone After Minor ...

Feb 1, 2019 - This study provides support for a strategy of adding clopidogrel to aspirin for the first week or so after a minor ischemic stroke or TIA because this is when the greatest benefit occurs. Harms were spread fairly evenly throughout the study period.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p188a.html

Dapagliflozin in High-Risk Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Hospitalization for Heart Failure ...

Aug 1, 2019 - The only cardiovascular benefit to treatment with dapagliflozin was a reduction in the likelihood of hospitalization; 125 patients would need to be treated for 10 years to prevent one hospitalization.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p184.html

Linagliptin and Glimepiride Equally Effective for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus ...

Mar 1, 2020 - This study found that linagliptin is noninferior to glimepiride for reducing the risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0301/p309a.html

Bedtime Instead of Morning Ingestion of Hypertension Medication Equals a Significantly ...

Apr 1, 2020 - This study found a significant reduction in mortality and morbidity among patients who took their once-daily anti-hypertensive medications at bedtime instead of in the morning. No significant difference occurred in compliance rates between bedtime and morning ingestion times. Individual...

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0401/p434a.html

Niacin Does Not Decrease Mortality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease or Low HDL ...

Jul 15, 2017 - We are now flush with data about the effects of niacin in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Despite its ability to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels, it does not add additional mortality or morbidity benefit to statin treatment. Patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0715/p129.html

LABA Plus Inhaled Corticosteroid Reduces Exacerbations, But Not Hospitalizations - ...

Jan 1, 2019 - Adding a LABA to an inhaled corticosteroid is safe but does not reduce the likelihood of a serious exacerbation requiring hospitalization. There is a small reduction in nonsevere asthma exacerbations, with one fewer exacerbation for every 53 patients treated for six months.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0101/p53.html

Some Benefit to Treating Mild Hypertension to Prevent Stroke, CV Deaths, and Overall ...

Dec 1, 2015 - Treating mild hypertension over five years decreases the risk of stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death, and overall mortality in a small proportion of patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1020.html

Chronic Sinusitis: Saline Irrigation Helps Somewhat; Steroid Does Not Add More Benefit ...

Feb 1, 2019 - This study showed that patients with chronic rhinosinusitis who continue to use a saline nasal wash (NeilMed) will often experience an improvement in symptoms that can be clinically meaningful, but the addition of the corticosteroid budesonide has yet to show an extra benefit.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0201/p188.html

Continuing Warfarin for 18 Months After Unprovoked PE Reduces Risk of Recurrent VTE - ...

Nov 1, 2015 - Continuing warfarin therapy for 18 months after an unprovoked PE reduces the risk of recurrent symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE). However, benefit beyond 18 months is not maintained after the warfarin is discontinued.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p814.html

Statins Ineffective for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Patients 75 ...

Apr 1, 2019 - In this retrospective study, statin treatment in patients 75 years or older without preexisting CVD did not change the likelihood of developing CVD or reduce any-cause mortality. However, patients 75 to 84 years of age with diabetes mellitus benefitted from treatment. These results ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p461.html

Post-Myocardial Infarction Beta Blockers Do Not Decrease Mortality - POEMs - American ...

Mar 15, 2015 - Although recommended by guidelines and used as a so-called quality indicator of hospital care, the use of beta blockers following myocardial infarction, when combined with optimal acute and chronic treatment, does not provide a further survival benefit.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0315/p402a.html

Amoxicillin/Clavulanate or Ibuprofen No Better Than Placebo for Acute Bronchitis - ...

Feb 1, 2014 - Treating acute bronchitis with amoxicillin/clavulanate or the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen is no more effective than placebo in decreasing symptoms in general or duration of frequent cough. Treatment does, however, produce adverse effects in one in eight patients.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p225.html

CBT Effective in Adolescents with Depression Who Do Not Want Medication - POEMs - ...

Sep 1, 2016 - In adolescents who eschew drug treatment of major depression, short-term CBT is more effective than treatment as usual in inducing recovery, with a number needed to treat of 4 to 10. CBT also produced faster results.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0901/p384.html

Metformin Associated with Less Need for a Second Medicine - POEMs - American Family ...

Feb 15, 2015 - n this retrospective analysis, which benefits from large numbers of patients but suffers from possible biases, patients who initially took an oral hypoglycemic other than metformin (Glucophage) were significantly more likely to require a second oral agent.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p261.html

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