Post-Maria Death Toll Vastly Underestimated in Puerto Rico Post-Maria Death Toll Vastly Underestimated in Puerto Rico
The true number of excess deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is more than 70 times the official death count of 64, a new study shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Should Our Healthcare System Move to Single-Payer? Should Our Healthcare System Move to Single-Payer?
Physicians in favor of a single-payer system say it would reduce healthcare costs. Those opposed argue that it would lower physician reimbursement and create greater problems. Who's right?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler
HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Thriving as a Learning Health Care System in Primary Care
June 13, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Many Barriers to Rapid, Correct Diagnosis in the US The Many Barriers to Rapid, Correct Diagnosis in the US
In this commentary, the author highlights nine issues within the US health care infrastructure which hinder the ability to achieve quick and accurate diagnoses.American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Wayne State College of Nursing receives $2.6M HRSA grant to expand BSN training in Detroit
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) The need for nurses who practice on community-based primary care and public health teams is growing. As health care moves from hospital settings to the community, these teams will need RNs working to the full scope of their license, particularly in an urban setting. With the help of a $2.6 million grant from HRSA, Wayne State University will be expanding the necessary training in Detroit (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inequalities in stage IV cancer treatments
Senior analyst Katherine Henson discusses how the National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service can help analyse trends in treatment to inform research that will improve patient outcomes Related items fromOnMedica Report reveals shortage of specialist cancer nurses Breast cancer screening fiasco set to put even more strain on understaffed units US calls for benefits vs harms discussion before prostate cancer screening High-intensity interval training beneficial after testicular cancer Piecing together kidney cancer evolution (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - May 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Vegetarian or'Flexitarian' Diet Benefits Waistline and Pocket Vegetarian or'Flexitarian' Diet Benefits Waistline and Pocket
A vegetarian diet does not have to be strictly followed to achieve health benefits, and may even end up costing less than other healthy eating plans, suggest two new studies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - May 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

New VA Rule to Ease Restriction on Telehealth Across State Lines New VA Rule to Ease Restriction on Telehealth Across State Lines
The Veteran Administration's (VA's) move is seen as likely to spur broadening of telehealth by other healthcare organizations.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Adherence to Mediterranean Diet Reduces Incident Frailty Risk Adherence to Mediterranean Diet Reduces Incident Frailty Risk
Might adherence to a Mediterranean diet by older adults reduce the risk of frailty?Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

How To Talk To Patients ’ Families
(MedPage Today) -- Tips for nurses to navigate emotionally challenging encounters (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Collaboration Needed to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to human health throughout the world, warns Gary Cohen, executive vice president of global health for BD. “There is an increasing risk of going back to the pre-antibiotic era,” he told MD+DI. “Resistance is not a new issue—it is just a bigger problem, at an accelerated pace. Because antibiotics have been overprescribed for humans as well as overused in food production, antimicrobial resistance is not just a theoretical threat.” Everyone needs to play a role, including diagnostics manufacturers and even medical device innovators, he ...
Source: MDDI - May 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: IVD Source Type: news

iMedicalApps: This Week's Best Medical Apps
(MedPage Today) -- A round-up of new apps for medical professionals (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Inappropriate Antibiotic Use for Asthma Flare: Costly, No Benefit Inappropriate Antibiotic Use for Asthma Flare: Costly, No Benefit
Unnecessary antibiotic use in adults hospitalized for asthma exacerbation without lung infection is common and associated with increased length of stay and risk for antibiotic-related diarrhea, with no apparent benefit, a new study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Healthy Diet May Stave Off Age-Related Hearing Loss for Women Healthy Diet May Stave Off Age-Related Hearing Loss for Women
Another benefit of a healthy diet may be protection against age-related hearing loss, suggests a large study of U.S. women.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Cancer Risk Raised in Psoriatic Arthritis
(MedPage Today) -- Highest risk was for nonmelanoma skin cancer (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Ideology Threatens to Trump Facts in Official Medicare Handbook Ideology Threatens to Trump Facts in Official Medicare Handbook
In September, the federal government will mail a handbook on Medicare enrollment to 43 million households. This year, advocate groups for seniors are crying foul over language contained in a draft of the 2019 handbook edition sent to them for review by the U.S. Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Pfizer to Pay $23.85 Mln to Resolve U.S. Kickbacks Case Pfizer to Pay $23.85 Mln to Resolve U.S. Kickbacks Case
Pfizer Inc has agreed to pay $23.85 million to resolve U.S. government charges that the drugmaker illegally used a purportedly independent charity to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients covering their out-of-pocket drug costs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: At Least this Groom Doesn ’t have Cold Feet
(MedPage Today) -- Just a few days after returning from his honeymoon at a Brazilian beach resort, a 29-year-old man went to his primary care doctor complaining of extremely pruritic toes and feet. After he started scratching, he noticed some small black dots, umbilicated papules, and crusts on the soles and at the tip of his toes under the nail. He had been finding it uncomfortable to walk since the last day of the trip. Can you diagnose the patient? (Source: MedPage Today Dermatology)
Source: MedPage Today Dermatology - May 25, 2018 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Legislators Named First Congressional Primary Care Champions
Founders of the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus were honored for advocating on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence -- Don't Be Scared, Be Hopeful
(MedPage Today) -- Let's use computers'power to help physicians, not replace them (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exclusive: Safety fears as most GPs forced to work without breaks
Most GPs take no breaks during a four-hour clinical session and many struggle to take breaks during a full working day, a GPonline opinion poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

New Study: Clues as to How Brain Stimulation Beats Food Cravings New Study: Clues as to How Brain Stimulation Beats Food Cravings
Weight loss and reduced food cravings seen with brain stimulation in obese individuals may be because of the release of neurotransmitters linked to reward pathways, say Italian scientists.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Patient reminder and recall interventions to improve immunization rates
Immunization rates for children and adults are rising, but coverage levels have not reached optimal goals. As a result, vaccine-preventable diseases still occur. In an era of increasing complexity of immunization schedules, rising expectations about the performance of primary care, and large demands on primary care providers, it is important to understand and promote interventions that work in primary care settings to increase immunization coverage. One common theme across immunization programs in many nations involves the challenge of implementing a population-based approach and identifying all eligible recipients, for ex...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consumer Trend to Use Walk-In and Urgent Care Clinics Instead of Traditional Primary Care Offices Could Impact Clinical Laboratory Test Ordering/Revenue
Primary care is shifting from traditional office visits to urgent care and walk-in clinics even as large hospital groups continue to buy up independent physician practices, altering where and from whom clinical laboratories receive referrals and test orders Medical test ordering and referrals from office-based physicians are the financial foundation of the clinical laboratory industry. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 25, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Albert DiPiero MD anatomic pathology clinical laboratory CVS Minute Clinic Dark Daily dark int Source Type: news

A 71-Year-Old Man With Malaise: USMLE Question A 71-Year-Old Man With Malaise: USMLE Question
A 71-year-old man presents with fatigue and malaise over the past three months. He also reports a 10 lbs weight loss. What's causing these symptoms?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

General Practice Forward View award categories now open for applications
Applications are now open for the General Practice Awards, which will feature two sponsored by NHS England. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Improving access to general practice: updated communications guide and resources now available
NHS England has published an updated communications guide and resources to support commissioners and general practice providers to promote general practice services to patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 25, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drugmakers Blamed for Blocking Generics Have Increased Prices, Cost US Billions Drugmakers Blamed for Blocking Generics Have Increased Prices, Cost US Billions
Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Top 5 Geriatric Medicine Apps for Primary Care Providers
Our app reviewer picked out the top 5 apps in geriatric care. Scroll through our quick slideshow to get the highlights.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - May 24, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Ted W. James, MD Source Type: news

Ustekinumab: Novel Help in Vasculitis?
(MedPage Today) -- Steroid-sparing effects demonstrated in small pilot study (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Complete Resection Possible in Recurrent, Low-Volume Ovarian Ca
(MedPage Today) -- Median overall survival of 6 years seen in select patients (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Virtual, in-person visits lead to similar blood pressure control for hypertension patients
A recent study of hypertension patients suggests follow-up visits conducted virtually are just as effective in maintaining blood pressure control as those conducted in person. Conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women ’s (B&W) Hospital, the investigation also found no differences in non-primary care visits between the two patient groups. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Can Cognitive Training Reduce Gait Freezing in PD?
(MedPage Today) -- Pilot study shows promise for'on'Parkinson's patients (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Senate Votes to Extend Community Care for Veterans
(MedPage Today) -- VA MISSION Act passes 92-5 (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Home Ventilation Saves $$$ Despite Initial Cost
(MedPage Today) -- COPD patients extend time away from doctors and hospital with add-on device (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nurse-Led ICU Intervention Improves Family Communication
(MedPage Today) -- Surrogates'levels of anxiety/depression remained unchanged, however (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Common in Inflammatory Arthritis
(MedPage Today) -- Comorbidity can influence disease assessment, treatment decisions (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Getting my life back: occupational therapy promoting mental health and wellbeing
The current situation: About one in six people experience a common mental health problem each week and over 85% of people first disclose their problem to their GP. Despite this only 5% of mental health professionals, such as occupational therapists, work in GP services, with the majority of mental health services based in secondary and acute care. This makes services difficult for people to access when difficulties first become apparent. What needs to change: By prioritising prevention and early intervention in mental health services people can be helped to recover before problems escalate. Our report demonstrates the ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Top 20 Research Studies of 2017 for Primary Care Physicians Top 20 Research Studies of 2017 for Primary Care Physicians
This article summarizes 20 studies published in 2017 that qualify as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters), and that were identified as most relevant to the practicing primary care physician.American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente researchers develop new models for predicting suicide risk
(Kaiser Permanente) Combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires better predicts suicide risk in the 90 days following either mental health specialty or primary care outpatient visits, reports a team from the Mental Health Research Network, led by Kaiser Permanente research scientists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A New Study Links Antidepressants to Weight Gain
A new study published in The BMJ has found that antidepressant use may be associated with weight gain over time. “Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients were more likely to transition to obesity if they were treated with antidepressants,” said study co-author Rafael Gafoor, a primary care and public health researcher at King’s College London, in an email to TIME. The researchers used data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a large collection of electronic health records. Their analysis included almost 295,000 people of all differ...
Source: TIME: Health - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

AAFP Urges Swift Passage of Primary Care Patient Protection Act
The AAFP this week called on Congress to pass the recently introduced Primary Care Patient Protection Act, which would make it easier for patients with high-deductible health plans to see their primary care physicians. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Lacking on Primary Care Prevention of Child Maltreatment Evidence Lacking on Primary Care Prevention of Child Maltreatment
There is insufficient evidence to assess benefits versus harms of primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment and therefore more research is needed, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendation statement.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment
On May 22, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Restless Sleep and Activity Intertwined in OA
(MedPage Today) -- Association partially mediated by lack of energy and depression (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Prostatitis Symptoms Fall with PDE5 Blocker
(MedPage Today) -- More relief with combo than with antibiotics alone (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evaluation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative: Fourth Annual Report
This is the fourth and final report evaluating the four-year Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, which was launched by CMS'Center for Medicare& Medicaid Innovation to improve primary care delivery, health care quality, and patient experience, and lower costs. This fourth and final report to CMS covers the full CPC intervention period (October 2012 through December 2016). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First recruits from international GP scheme to start work in September
The first GPs brought in through an international recruitment programme to bolster the declining general practice workforce will start work from September, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news