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Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Sexual assault—Intervention in primary care

Recognizing red flag symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and increased substance use, is important in helping victims who are reluctant to report the assault.

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Electronic cigarettes—The primary care provider's response

Although e-cigarettes may not be considered healthy, they may be the lesser of two evils when compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Understanding Dupuytren disease

Understanding Dupuytren disease

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Needle aponeurotomy and collagenase Clostridium histolyticum are both viable options for treating patients with Dupuytren disease.

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Major depressive disorder: a guide for primary-care clinicians

Ruling out a physiological reason for symptoms is a good starting point for NPs and PAs caring for patients with a new psychiatric disorder.

Many foods marketed to kids do not meet federal nutrition guidelines

Many foods marketed to kids do not meet federal nutrition guidelines

Of the 407 listed products, 53% did not meet the CDC's Interagency Working Group's nutrition recommendations.

Antibiotic shortages may catch providers off guard

Antibiotic shortages may catch providers off guard

Many of the drug shortages were of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

ACP urges FDA to ban e-cigarette flavorings, ads

Calling for a ban on television advertisements for e-cigarettes follows the American College's continuing policy supporting bans on all tobacco advertising.

Meningococcal meningitis: Managing outbreaks among adolescents and young adults

Meningococcal meningitis: Managing outbreaks among adolescents and young adults

Each year clusters of meningitis cases break out in the U.S. in the fall and winter months, particularly among adolescents and young adults.

Diet soda linked to greater obesity in seniors

Diet soda linked to greater obesity in seniors

The mean interval in waist-circumference change in patients who drank diet soda was triple that compared with patients who did not drink diet soda.

Managing anal fissures

Managing anal fissures

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Anal fissures can be confused with hemorrhoids in everyday primary practice but require their own treatment protocol.

Insomnia: Using cognitive behavioral therapy in primary care

Insomnia: Using cognitive behavioral therapy in primary care

Cognitive behavioral therapy may have long-term positive effects 
in patients with insomnia who have chronic use of hypnotic drugs.

When abdominal pain is not appendicitis

When abdominal pain is not appendicitis

Clinicians might need to consider an uncommon array of causes when faced with a pediatric patient suffering from abdominal ailments.

Hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care settings

Hand dryers may be unsuitable in health-care settings

Compared with paper towels, jet air and warm air dryers in public restrooms had higher bacteria levels.

Breaking the silence about congenital cytomegalovirus

Breaking the silence about congenital cytomegalovirus

Congenital cytomegalovirus is a very common cause of birth defects, yet many primary-care providers are not well-informed about this infection.

Don't overlook the resurgence of rubella


Don't overlook the resurgence of rubella


The current infectious-disease focus is on ebola and enterovirus D68, but an old foe, rubella, is once again demanding attention.

Parents use online-ratings systems to help choose a pediatrician

Parents use online-ratings systems to help choose a pediatrician

Survey respondents were more likely to use a recommended pediatrician who also had positive online ratings.

Can a 'soda tax' cut down child obesity?

Can a 'soda tax' cut down child obesity?

An excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda is the most effective way to racial disparities in the prevalence of childhood obesity.

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality?

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality?

States that have enacted medical cannabis laws have seen an overall 24.8% mean drop in state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.

Identifying obstructive sleep apnea


Identifying obstructive sleep apnea


Airflow disturbances during sleep need to be recognized and evaluated before harm comes to the patients themselves or those around them.

Telemedicine in primary care

Telemedicine in primary care

Doctors need to invest in appropriate equipment, consider operation issues, legal issues.

Experts urge reconsidering lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

Experts urge reconsidering lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

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Citing new technologies and legal protections, the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men should be reconsidered.

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.

Do CDC anti-smoking ads impact cessation rates?

Do CDC anti-smoking ads impact cessation rates?

The CDC reports that their 2012 anti-smoking campaign generated more than 100,000 additional calls to the agency's quit line.

Can farmers' markets increase healthy food purchases in poor patients?

Can farmers' markets increase healthy food purchases in poor patients?

A program incentivizing farmers' market purchases increased purchases made from those on food assistance.

Is texting with patients okay?

Is texting with patients okay?

Information sent by text message should be included in medical records and undergo privacy and security checks.

Can handshake-free zones limit the spread of disease?

Can handshake-free zones limit the spread of disease?

Using lessons from smoking bans, health care facilities should consider instituting "handshake-free zones."

What to know about home genetic-test kits

What to know about home genetic-test kits

Consumers becoming more involved in do-it-yourself genetic testing need primary-care clinicians to put the results into context for them.

Save a life with early detection of melanoma

Save a life with early detection of melanoma

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Brush up on the basics of preventing, recognizing and addressing melanoma among your patient ranks.

Prostate cancer data, dilemmas and decisions

Prostate cancer data, dilemmas and decisions

Prostate cancer is the most common male-related malignancy in the US, the second most common cause of cancer-related death among men.

Solving the mystery 
of rheumatic disease

Solving the mystery 
of rheumatic disease

Selecting appropriate lab tests when evaluating persons with symptoms suggesting a rheumatic condition often requires a bit of detective work.

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