Should Physicians'Prescribe' Housing for the Homeless? Should Physicians'Prescribe' Housing for the Homeless?
California's governor says housing should be prescribed like insulin or antibiotics. But most agree that while stable housing can improve health, it's too complex to prescribe.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Standard operating procedures for primary care settings (England)
NHS England has produced practical guidance to support primary care teams in managing contact with, and presentations of, patients who suspect they may have COVID-19. This includes standard operating (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 27, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Another Voice: Sac leaders must help region meet health care workforce needs
While our state ’s capital is experiencing a population boom, California is facing a shortage of health care workers. Just last month, Sacramento was cited by Inc. magazine's 2020 Surge Cities list as 10th in the category of job creation and 26th overall. In fact, in 2018 an estimated 27,000 residents flocked to the City of Trees. Unfortunately, according to a health care workforce study released last year, California is expected to have more than 4,100 fewer primary care doctors than it needs by… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 27, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cassandra Jennings Source Type: news

Honolulu Marathon CEO Says He Was Abused by Michigan Doctor Honolulu Marathon CEO Says He Was Abused by Michigan Doctor
Dr James Barahal, a longtime physician, said now-deceased Dr Robert Anderson performed a'completely inappropriate'act during a medical exam while Barahal was a student-athlete at Michigan in 1975.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

GPs not responsible for 'holiday cancellation letters' amid coronavirus outbreak, RCGP warns
Insurers and travel companies have been asking patients to obtain letters from their GP to cancel holidays amid the coronavirus outbreak, in a move condemned by the RCGP. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Fully-qualified GP workforce down 277 over the past year
The GP workforce lost 277 fully-qualified, full-time equivalent (FTE) doctors in the year to December 2019, official data show. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Child Death Grief a Public Health Threat
An eight-month-old boy is examined by a doctor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS By External SourceNAIROBI, Feb 27 2020 (IPS) Grief over the loss of a child poses a threat to public health in Sub-Saharan Africa, as nearly two-thirds of mothers in some countries suffer the death of at least one child, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization, 5.3 million children under five died in 2018 globally. The risk of a child dying before reaching five is about eight times higher in Africa than in Europe. According to the study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Africa Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Antibiotics, Corticosteroids Help Even Mild COPD Flare-ups Antibiotics, Corticosteroids Help Even Mild COPD Flare-ups
Even patients with mild COPD exacerbations can benefit from antibiotics and systemic corticosteroids, a systematic review and meta-analysis suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - February 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pulmonary Medicine News Source Type: news

Intervention to help GPs identify, assess and treat patients with hepatitis C found to be effective
The first UK clinical trial to increase the identification and treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) patients in primary care has been found to be effective, acceptable to staff and highly cost-effective for the NHS. The University of Bristol-led Hepatitis C Assessment to Treatment Trial (HepCATT), published in the British Medical Journal today [27 February], provides robust evidence of effective action GPs should take to increase HCV testing and treatment. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - February 27, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, International, Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Population Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

NHS announces wider surveillance testing for COVID-19
Some patients in selected hospital intensive care units and GP surgeries will be tested to check for underground spread of the virus Related items fromOnMedica Going Viral G8 must tackle health inequality, says Bill Gates and WHO UK government pledges £20 million to help develop coronavirus vaccine £30 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance Call for health systems to be ‘migration aware’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 27, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Evidence Lacking on Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' Electrolyte' Drinks Don't Assure Healthy Sodium Levels in Endurance Athletes'Electrolyte' Drinks Don't Assure Healthy Sodium Levels in Endurance Athletes
Elite runners often turn to sports drinks to keep essential minerals in balance, but a new study shows these products can actually contribute to a dangerous medical condition when temperatures are high.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Insurance Titan Drops Doctors, Needy Patients'Caught in the Middle'Insurance Titan Drops Doctors, Needy Patients'Caught in the Middle '
UnitedHealthcare is allegedly forcing patients to transfer to doctors it controls, leaving patients in limbo.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Study Charts Downturn in Primary Care Office Visits
A recent study tracking a downward trend in primary care visits cited several contributing factors, including the high cost of care that the AAFP has been working to address. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Releases Interim Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Report
According to a Feb. 21Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, the current influenza vaccine has been 45% effective overall against 2019-2020 seasonal influenza A and B viruses. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

My Wrenching Decision to Leave Medicine My Wrenching Decision to Leave Medicine
After more than a decade as an internist, a physician explains why she is turning to entrepreneurship rather than to daily medical practice.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Ohio State Doc's Accusers: End Mediation, Proceed With Suits Ohio State Doc's Accusers: End Mediation, Proceed With Suits
Some of the men suing Ohio State over decades-old sexual abuse by the late team doctor Richard Strauss are asking a judge to let the litigation resume.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Doc Shortage, Turnover Are Factors in Locum Tenens Surge: Report Doc Shortage, Turnover Are Factors in Locum Tenens Surge: Report
A new survey shows a big rise in the percentage of hospital and practice managers seeking locum tenens physicians as many employed physicians relocate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Locum Tenens Surge Due to Doc Shortage, Turnover Locum Tenens Surge Due to Doc Shortage, Turnover
A new survey shows a big rise in the percentage of hospital and practice managers seeking locum tenens physicians as many employed physicians relocate.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

GPs should not prescribe antibiotics for impetigo, says NICE
GPs should prescribe hydrogen peroxide 1% cream rather than topical antibiotics for patients with non-bullous impetigo, according to new NICE guidance. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Network of 100 GP practices to carry out coronavirus surveillance testing
A network of 100 primary care sites across England will carry out opportunistic testing for coronavirus in patients with respiratory infections as part of an NHS surveillance strategy. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Coronavirus: Hundreds of flu patients to be tested by UK hospitals and GPs
Tests are planned at 11 selected hospitals and 100 GP surgeries to monitor the spread of the virus. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical recognition of elder maltreatment and intention to report among primary care doctors - Mohd Mydin FH, Othman S, Choo WY, Hairi NNM, Hairi FM, Syed Karim SN, Tan MP, Ali Z, Abdul Aziz S, Mohd R, Ramli R, Mohamad R, Awaludin LR, Adnan Z.
This study aimed to determine the primary care doctors' ability to recognize elder maltreatment and their intentions to report on such conditions. About 358 primary care doctors participated in this study. Outcomes were assessed using a validated five cont... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Getting to grips with primary care dental contracts
Using real contracting examples, this full-day session on 13 May in Leeds and 11 June in London takes delegates through typical scenarios you are likely to face as commissioners. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The updated GP contract explained
NHS England and the BMA's general practice committee have negotiated an update to the five year GP contract framework published in January 2019. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Portable ‘electronic nose’ picks up early warning signs of oesophageal cancer
May be promising diagnostic test for use in primary care, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica Taking aspirin with a PPI reduces risk of oesophageal cancer Electronic ‘pill’ may revolutionise gut diagnoses Drinking hot tea may increase risk of oesophageal cancer Survival better for colon cancer picked up on screening Bisphosphonates may double cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 26, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2: What ’ s in a Name? SARS-CoV-2: What ’ s in a Name?
The name of the new coronavirus that first appeared in China has been evolving to its now official designation: SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2).Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Chinese Officials Detail Coronavirus Mortality, Age Distribution Chinese Officials Detail Coronavirus Mortality, Age Distribution
A summary of key findings of the largest case series to date has been published.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

CMS Aims to Reduce Physician Burden While Improving Quality CMS Aims to Reduce Physician Burden While Improving Quality
The federal agency unveiled new'rules of the road'for setting standards for quality care and its oversight of measures to improve patient safety and reduce physician burden.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines)
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: OBGYN Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Obesity Type Factors Into Weight Loss Success Obesity Type Factors Into Weight Loss Success
Obesity rates in the United States are projected to approach 50% by the year 2030, and matching the right patient to the most appropriate treatment for them could help, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Study: Many Young Women Receiving Unnecessary Pelvic Exams
More than half of all pelvic examinations performed in women younger than 21 may be unnecessary, new research suggests. And nearly three-fourths of Pap tests in these patients may not be needed. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Crackdown on Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Takes Effect Crackdown on Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Takes Effect
Immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have stopped using social services they may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the US, say advocates.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Presidential Fitness: How Much Do We Need to Know? Presidential Fitness: How Much Do We Need to Know?
A recent cardiac health dust-up between former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, both vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, focuses attention on this question.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Mary Campagnolo, M.D., M.B.A., Runs for AAFP Director
The New Jersey AFP announces the candidacy of Mary Campagnolo, M.D., M.B.A., of Bordentown, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Jennifer Brull, M.D., Runs for AAFP Director
The Kansas AFP announces the candidacy of Jennifer Brull, M.D., of Plainville, for AAFP director. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Windel Stracener, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Indiana AFP announces the candidacy of Windel Stracener, M.D., of Richmond, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

What Could Get Your Tax Return Audited? Here's What to Watch What Could Get Your Tax Return Audited? Here's What to Watch
When filling out their tax return, some docs wonder how precise they should be, what they can deduct, and what will happen if they make a mistake. Here's the information you need.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Pointless red tape undermining GP recruitment from abroad, warns GMC
Red tape is blocking NHS efforts to recruit overseas doctors, the GMC has warned, after just 10 GPs or consultants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) were able to work in senior roles upon arrival in the UK last year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

HHS Releases Plan to Reduce Clinician EHR Burdens HHS Releases Plan to Reduce Clinician EHR Burdens
The strategic report addresses clinical documentation, electronic reporting, and electronic health record (EHR) functionality and usability.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Liraglutide Enhances Weight Loss With Intensive Behavioral Therapy
TUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2020 -- Intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) produces clinically meaningful weight loss in a primary care setting, which is enhanced in combination with liraglutide, according to a study published online Feb. 24 in Obesity. Thomas A.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 25, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus advice updated on patients returning from Italy and other affected countries
Coronavirus guidance has been updated to reflect concerns about patients travelling from areas with growing outbreaks of infection, including northern Italy, Iran and the Republic of Korea. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Physician Facebook Group Used in Alleged Multimillion Dollar Fraud Physician Facebook Group Used in Alleged Multimillion Dollar Fraud
Wire fraud and money laundering charged in a plan under which investors bought into a cryptocurrency-trading hedge fund. One of the 3 original partners was a surgeon, who praised the fund to peers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Low-dose Diclofenac to Control Fever After Ischemic Stroke Low-dose Diclofenac to Control Fever After Ischemic Stroke
Central fever following ischemic stroke is fairly common and associated with worse outcomes. Might the NSAID diclofenac sodium be an effective antipyretic in this situation?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

The Ethics of Managing Patient Requests for Medical Marijuana The Ethics of Managing Patient Requests for Medical Marijuana
This article outlines an ethical framework that provides guidance.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - February 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Building capability: primary care premises and estates foundations
Premises policy is a vital component of high quality primary care, and is set to become more important as premises are developed to support the policy ambitions of primary care networks and integrated care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus: primary care briefing note
NHS England has issued a briefing note for primary care providers about the coronavirus. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 25, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘System by default’ – how to make a good idea a reality
Implementing the new ‘system by default’ approach to running and organising the NHS must be delivered through incremental change that identifies what is needed and what will work, not through central diktat, writes Nick Ville, director of membership and policy at the NHS Confederation Related items fromOnMedica New drive to make NHS boards more representative More healthcare professionals to be allowed to prescribe Think multidisciplinary team working for high-quality care, GPs urged New points-based immigration system sparks alarm in social care sector Bold moves towards integrated care (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - February 25, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Turns Self-Advocacy Into Advocacy for Family Medicine
Hearing loss forced Joanna Bisgrove, M.D., to learn how to advocate effectively. The AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders helped her become an advocate for others. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Health in England 'faltering' after 10 years of austerity, warns damning Marmot review
Life expectancy has stalled, patients are living longer in ill health and health inequality has risen after a decade of austerity that will 'cast a long shadow' over the lives of UK children, according to a devastating follow-up to the 2010 Marmot review. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 24, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Equality Source Type: news

Deprescribing Alzheimer's Drugs: The Crowdsourced Opinion Deprescribing Alzheimer's Drugs: The Crowdsourced Opinion
The family wants to simplify an elderly man's medication regimen, but is it the right time to discontinue his Alzheimer's disease treatments?Medscape Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news