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Optimizing Pregnancy Outcomes With Micronutrients

Optimizing Pregnancy Outcomes With Micronutrients

As healthy levels of folic acid, iodine, magnesium, vitamin D, and iron demonstrate improved outcomes in pregnancy, understanding of the function of these essential nutrients on health would benefit family practitioners caring for women of childbearing age.

Current Guidelines for Management of Low Back Pain

Current Guidelines for Management of Low Back Pain

An estimated 31 million Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime.

Fasting Insulin vs Hemoglobin A1c: Are We Getting It Right?

Fasting Insulin vs Hemoglobin A1c: Are We Getting It Right?

The early diagnosis and management of prediabetes will have a significant impact on patient outcomes and healthcare spending.

Chagas Disease in the United States: A Growing Public Health Concern

Chagas Disease in the United States: A Growing Public Health Concern

The United States has the seventh highest prevalence of Chagas infection in the Western hemisphere, with most cases seen among immigrants from Latin America.

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Social Media and Adolescents: What Are the Health Risks?

Primary care providers should screen for depression and other health-related risks associated with the use of social media by adolescents.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Update for the Primary Care Clinician

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Update for the Primary Care Clinician

Patients with ALS require multidisciplinary care and rehabilitative interventions; maximizing independent function and quality of life are the goals.

Deep Vein Thrombosis: History and Evolution of Treatment

Deep Vein Thrombosis: History and Evolution of Treatment

Deep vein thrombosis is a significant source of morbidity and mortality, so it is imperative that clinicians understand how to recognize and treat patients with the disorder.

Acute infectious diarrhea: a clinical approach

Acute infectious diarrhea: a clinical approach

The first step for managing a patient with diarrhea is to determine the severity of dehydration according to the estimated volume loss and the symptoms and signs noted on physical examination.

Coronary artery disease: primary prevention measures

Coronary artery disease: primary prevention measures

Primary prevention efforts such as exercise, weight control, cessation of smoking, and alcohol intake can greatly affect the development of CAD.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives: a review

Long-acting reversible contraceptives: a review

Because of the high number of unintended pregnancies and the effectiveness of LARCs, they should be a first-line contraceptive option for most women.

Human papillomavirus in males

Human papillomavirus in males

The importance of male vaccination cannot be overemphasized, because the risk of male-to-female HPV transmission is significant.

Assessing and treating disorders of primary hemostasis

Assessing and treating disorders of primary hemostasis

An evaluation begins with a focused history and physical examination, CBC count with platelet trend, and examination of the peripheral smear.

Breast cancer screening: a review of current mammography guidelines

Breast cancer screening: a review of current mammography guidelines

Consensus regarding mammography screening varies, and conflicting guidelines from medical organizations can cause confusion for patients and providers.

Opioids and naloxone for pain management

Opioids and naloxone for pain management

Co-prescribing naloxone and opioids in primary care is recommended for patients who have a high risk for opioid overdose.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease in adults

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease in adults

The disease may often go undiagnosed in adults because clinicians may be relatively inexperienced in identifying childhood illnesses in adults.

Managing systolic heart failure

Managing systolic heart failure

Primary care providers can help significantly reduce heart failure exacerbations and improve their patients' overall quality of life.

Photosensitivity diseases: a review of sun-exposed skin rashes

Photosensitivity diseases: a review of sun-exposed skin rashes

An overview of porphyrias, lupus erythematosus, rosacea, drug-induced photosensitivity, polymorphous light eruption, and solar urticaria.

Genetic testing: an overview for clinicians

Genetic testing: an overview for clinicians

Understanding genetic testing allows providers to make the most of this resource in patient care.

Rheumatoid arthritis: risk factors, clinical signs, and treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis: risk factors, clinical signs, and treatment

Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are essential to mitigate the cascading events that lead to irreversible joint erosion in rheumatoid arthritis.

Thoracic outlet syndrome: A review

Thoracic outlet syndrome: A review

The condition has one fundamental pathophysiology but multiple distinct clinical presentations, including venous and neurogenic.

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.

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