Family Medicine

Summertime blues

Summertime blues

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Sunburn, mosquito bites, and fireworks all present dangerous hazards during the summer months.

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

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Physician assistants routinely provide health care, including physical examinations, to members of their family.

Viral infection present in large families most of the year

Viral infection present in large families most of the year

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Each child a family has increases the risk for viral infection.

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Kids, teens aren't drinking enough water

Nearly one-quarter of patients aged 6 to 19 years reported they did not drink water at all.

Vegetarian-vegan diets may be safe for pregnant women

Vegetarian-vegan diets may be safe for pregnant women

Vegetarian mothers were reported to have lower birth weight babies in five studies, while two studies reported higher birth weights.

Immune changes found in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Immune changes found in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

Evidence of immune system changes were only found in first three years of disease.

Hypothermia-related deaths on the rise in the United States

Hypothermia-related deaths on the rise in the United States

A statistically significant increase in death rates from hypothermia occurred between 2003 and 2013.

Family meals help in fight against childhood obesity

Family meals help in fight against childhood obesity

Children whose families participated in family meal time were less likely to be overweight or obese.

Antibiotics Rxs more common than antivirals for flu

Antibiotics Rxs more common than antivirals for flu

Among patients diagnosed with PCR-confirmed influenza, more receive antibiotic prescriptions than antivirals.

Should you advise patients to eat organic?

Should you advise patients to eat organic?

A new study suggests organically grown produce and grains contain less cadmium and more antioxidants.

Sibling obesity better predicts child obesity

Sibling obesity better predicts child obesity

Siblings of the same gender showed stronger patterns than between siblings of different genders.

Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

Coping strategies help families of teens with autism adapt

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Greater impact of daily stressors, behavioral problems and worry about the future associated with more difficulty adapting.

Divorce increases kids' obesity risk

Divorce increases kids' obesity risk

Research finds a 1.54-fold increase in obesity and general overweight in children with divorced parents.

An unexpected source of acute onset rectal pain

An unexpected source of acute onset rectal pain

An embarrassed teenager obscures the truth until a healthcare provider identifies the source of pain upon exam.

Children adopt parents' TV habits

Children adopt parents' TV habits

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The amount of time parents spend watching television was the strongest predictor of the amount of screen time their children log.

National health initiatives take aim at kids and families

National health initiatives take aim at kids and families

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Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, discussed the benefits of several Health Resources and Services Administration programs at NAPNAP 2013.

Incorporating friends and family in patient visits

Incorporating friends and family in patient visits

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In general, the more people involved in treatment, the better the patient's outcome. But is this feasible in primary care?

Children eat healthier at family meals

Children eat healthier at family meals

Eating meals together as a family leads to significantly higher consumption of fruits and vegetables for children.

Use well infant and child exams to identify toxic stress

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Exposure to stress hormones in infancy can lead to permanent structural brain changes that contribute to chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Avoiding family politics in the gynecology exam room

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When should mothers stop accompanying their daughters to gynecology visits?

Adenoidectomy does not stop URTIs

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Children who underwent adenoidectomy to manage recurrent upper-respiratory-tract infections continued to have a comparable infection rate to youngsters who went the watchful-waiting route.

Are you up-to-date on antibiotic prescribing guidelines?

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Antibiotics have become an essential aspect patient treatment, but many clinicians have trouble deciding when these medications are appropriate to prescribe.

The white coat as a metaphor for the clinician-patient relationship

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A family nurse practitioner blogs about her commitment to the profession.

Secondhand smoke may cause hearing loss

Secondhand smoke may cause hearing loss

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Secondhand smoke exposure among 12 to 19 year olds was associated with increased risk for hearing loss, data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey indicate.

Therapeutic strategies for bacterial conjunctivitis

Therapeutic strategies for bacterial conjunctivitis

Resistance has compromised the effectiveness of all ophthalmic antibiotics, but new topical treatment options are available.

Constipation a simple clue to heart problems

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Constipation, an easy-to-identify condition, may be a marker for cardiovascular risk factors and increased cardiovascular risk in older women, data from a large analysis indicate

Anticholinergics may hasten mental decline

Anticholinergics may hasten mental decline

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The use of anticholinergic medications and the adoption of certain dietary patterns have both been implicated as a factor in cognitive impairment and Alzheimer disease (AD) in recent research.

Vitamin D screening guidelines

Vitamin D screening guidelines

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A new Endocrine Society guideline for treating vitamin D deficiency calls for screening of persons at high risk for deficiency, but does not endorse such testing for others.

IUDs finally endorsed by ACOG

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Intrauterine devices were once unpopular in the United States, but are now gaining favor as a safe, reliable cost-effective form of birth control.

Fluconazole associated with birth defects

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Taking high does of the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan, Pfizer) during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause birth defects, the FDA warns.

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