August 2016 Issue of Clinical Advisor

August 2016 Issue of Clinical Advisor


USPSTF finds insufficient evidence for widespread obstructive sleep apnea screening

The USPSTF gave existing evidence an "I" recommendation.

USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer from age 50 to 75

The USPSTF has released a recommendation statement regarding screening adults for colorectal cancer.

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants may be safe, effective

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants perform similarly to warfarin for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Updated guidelines for safe sedation of pediatric patients

Updated guidelines for safely sedating pediatric patients have been released by the AAP and AAPD.

Long-acting opioid therapy linked to increased mortality risk

Patients with chronic, noncancer pain who were treated with long-acting opioid therapy had a 1.6 times greater risk of death.

Reduced antibiotic prescribing may lead to increase in pneumonia, peritonsillar abscess cases

General practices that prescribe fewer antibiotics may encounter slightly higher incidences of pneumonia and peritonsillar abscess.

Exercise during pregnancy does not increase preterm birth risk

Women who participated in an aerobic exercise program 3 to 4 times per week during their pregnancies were not likely to give birth prematurely.

State restrictions not associated with reduced opioid misuse among disabled adults

The adoption of various state laws did not affect rates of opioid prescription or strength of dose.

Managing aspergillosis: updated guidelines from IDSA

New guidelines for the treatment and management of aspergillosis have been published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Advisor Forum

Alternative treatment options for chronic pain

Ice is among alternative recommendations for treatment of chronic pain.

Thyroid antibodies

When symptoms of thyroid disease are present, clinicians should check thyroid antibodies even if thyroid function is normal.

A tip for encouraging exercise

Patients should be encouraged to incorporate daily exercise into their treatment regimen.

A case of G6PD deficiency

Patients with G6PD should avoid triggers of oxidative stress.

Zika virus: a primary care response

Healthcare professionals should be educated about the hallmark signs and symptoms of the Zika virus.

Clinical Feature

Healthcare issues of the LGBT community: What the primary care clinician should know

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community may improve the quality of care.

Alternative Meds Update

Gold may possess anti-inflammatory agents

The use of gold therapy as an anticancer agent appears promising, as does its more common use as a DMARD.

Legal Advisor

Unchecked MRI results

A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.

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