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Zika-Linked Birth Defects Up in Parts of U.S. in Last Half of 2016 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- U.S. states and territories with local transmission of Zika saw increases (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Gut Microbes Involved in PCOS? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- PCOS linked with smaller and less diverse microbiome (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Keep Tabs on CMS Initiative to Reduce Paperwork
CMS recently launched an online newsletter to keep physicians informed about its new Patients Over Paperwork initiative. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Falling GP income and workforce highlighted in government pay evidence
Falling GP numbers, a huge real-terms decline in income for the profession over the past decade and a sharp drop in the number of sessions GPs work are highlighted in government evidence to the body that advises ministers on doctors' pay. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

ESRD Death Declines in Vasculitis Patients (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Cardiovascular disease, infections persist as causes of mortality (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Flu cases remain at highest point this year as outbreak levels off
GPs are still dealing with a 'huge number of patients' with flu and other respiratory conditions, as the latest figures suggest that the number of cases is beginning to level off. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

GPs should cut back on antibiotic prescriptions for sore throats, NICE says
GPs should advise most patients with sore throats to use paracetamol rather than prescribing antibiotics, NICE has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.4 ENT and Facial Problems Source Type: news

GPs under pressure as flu and elective care freeze take toll
Practices are continuing to experience extreme pressure as flu levels remain high and the impact of a month of cancelled elective care in hospitals takes its toll, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 25, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Wales considers law to tackle NHS nuisances
The law means disruptive and nuisance people can be removed from hospitals and GP surgeries. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate Confirms Alex Azar as New HHS Chief Senate Confirms Alex Azar as New HHS Chief
The Trump administration taps a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the department amid continuing debate over drug prices.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert Source Type: news

Senate Confirms Azar as HHS Secretary
(MedPage Today) -- 55-43 vote was mostly along party lines (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

IoT and AI Can Unlock Real Value Beyond the Hype, and Here & #039;s How
Everyone who works in healthcare is currently sitting in the center of a turbulent convergence. The drive toward value-based care is demanding better outcomes for less cost, while consumer-driven care demands patient self-empowerment and a more collaborative relationship between patient and physician. In my latest book, The Big Unlock, I discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) and a connected healthcare ecosystem serve as a beacon for stakeholders within the convergence to help them navigate their way to the goals of value-based care. But many still struggle to see value in this approach as the technologies involved ...
Source: MDDI - January 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Paddy Padmanabhan Tags: R & D Design Source Type: news

Can You Inject Without the Needle?
Patients aren’t typically thrilled by the prospect of needles, and sharps can pose hazards for patients and caretakers. So, could an injectable device be developed without a needle? Andrew Coats, senior director of engineering at Portal Instruments, will be exploring the possibilities in the upcoming Pharmapack 2018 presentation, “Needle-free injectors: considerations for adopting next gen technology.” Portal has developed a needle-free injector based off jet-injector technology, which is essentially a high-speed jet of drug that is much smaller than a needle and can deliver up to 1 mL to the subcutaneous...
Source: MDDI - January 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

University Entangled in Offshore Herpes Research Scandal
(MedPage Today) --'Unethical experiments'under investigation (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Overtreatment Common Among Older People With Diabetes Overtreatment Common Among Older People With Diabetes
Dutch study finds 20% of adults aged 70 and older with type 2 diabetes in general practice are overtreated with glucose-lowering agents, with probable harmful consequences.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Do You Hug Your Patients? Do You Hug Your Patients?
Overt physical contact in the clinician-patient relationship can be tricky.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Underfunded NHS faces 'death by 1,000 cuts', warns Jeremy Corbyn
The NHS is being starved of resources and is facing death by 1,000 cuts, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned in parliament. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

RCGP backs review on prescription drug addiction, but warns GPs need more options
GP leaders have warned that a government review into the 'growing problem of dependence and addiction to prescription drugs' must highlight the need for community services that GPs can refer patients to as an alternative to medication, and better support for those facing addiction. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 24, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Top 10 List of 2018 Healthcare Innovations Released Top 10 List of 2018 Healthcare Innovations Released
Mobile apps for addiction, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, acuity-adaptable rooms, and virtual reality for pediatric patients are among the topics poised to affect healthcare, the Institute says.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $17 Million in Grants to Address HIV and Behavioral Health Disorders
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $17.4 million in grants to integrate evidence-based, culturally competent mental and substance use disorder treatment with HIV primary care and prevention services. Up to 10 grants will be awarded through SAMHSA's Minority AIDS Initiative: Service Integration Program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Worsening Rural-Urban Gap in Hospital Mortality Worsening Rural-Urban Gap in Hospital Mortality
Do patients living in rural areas of the US have a greater probability of hospital mortality than their urban counterparts?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Busting the myths about collaborative arrangements for general practice
General practices are working together, but once the purpose, vision and function of the collaboration are clear there are a number of routes to consider. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: B. pertussis & Rib Fracture / Alcohol Use Disorder Guidelines / Pittsburgh ID Opportunity
Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today: NEJM.org Specialty – Primary Care/Hospitalist: Images in Clinical Medicine: A 66-year-old woman presented... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

John Bender, M.D., Runs for AAFP President-elect
The Colorado AFP announces the candidacy of John Bender, M.D., of Fort Collins, for AAFP president-elect. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

More Data Needed in Health Emergencies, Lawmakers Told
(MedPage Today) -- Also, more attention is needed for animal, human health linkages (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Biopharma Heavyweights Descend on Davos. Why?
(MedPage Today) -- More about ideas than money at World Economic Forum (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Exploring the Art of Medicine
(MedPage Today) -- Also, hospitals come together to create their own drug company (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Value-based Payment Modifier Initiative Winds Down
CMS recently released the results of the final year of the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program, which show fewer physicians receiving a negative payment adjustment. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Congress' Short-term Funding Bill Extends CHIP for 6 Years Congress' Short-term Funding Bill Extends CHIP for 6 Years
The bill halted the shutdown, but it only temporarily funds the rest of the government and does not provide reauthorization of the expired community health centers program.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Hepatitis C Infection: Updated Information for Front Line Workers in Primary Care Settings
February 14, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Overworked GPs rejecting out-of-hours shifts, BMA poll reveals
More than half of GPs work some out-of-hours shifts but many are choosing not to work outside core hours because the daily pressures of general practice have left them exhausted, a BMA poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Dr Jackie Applebee: Join the fight to save the NHS before it's too late
The NHS is under threat as never before, warns east London GP Dr Jackie Applebee. GPs across the UK must stand up and fight to save it - starting by joining protests across the UK on 3 February. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Should Doctors Invest in Bitcoin? Should Doctors Invest in Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is generating excitement and curiosity. Some folks want a piece of the action, while others refuse to touch it. Should doctors invest in bitcoin?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Workforce crisis leaves GPs struggling to maintain asthma care, warns RCGP
A severe shortage of GPs and rising patient demand is making it 'increasingly difficult' for practices to maintain asthma care, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: 15.8 Respiratory Problems Source Type: news

Cost-effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for depressed youth declining antidepressants - Dickerson JF, Lynch FL, Leo MC, DeBar LL, Pearson J, Clarke GN.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adolescents with depression identified in primary care settings often have limited treatment options beyond antidepressant (AD) therapy. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of a brief cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program amo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Does Marijuana Use Raise or Lower CV Risk? Not Enough Evidence to Say
Evidence on whether marijuana is associated with increased or decreased cardiovascular risk is lacking, according to a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: NEJM Website Gets Redesign / Trehalose & C. diff / Ohio Hospitalist Opportunity
Take a look at today's offering from NEJM Group: New England Journal of Medicine: Editorial and Video: NEJM is pleased to announce the launch of... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Use of Antithyroid Drugs Early in Pregnancy Tied to Birth Defect Risk
Use of antithyroid drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with increased risk for congenital malformations, according to an Annals of Internal Medicine... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Opioid Public Health Emergency Continues
The public health emergency over the opioid epidemic, declared on October 26, 2017, will be renewed on January 24, 2018. Eric Hargan, acting secretary of... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 23, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Delta Air to Tighten Onboard Emotional Support Animal Requirements Delta Air to Tighten Onboard Emotional Support Animal Requirements
Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in animal-related safety issues over the last several years.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Maine Payer Takes Feds to Court: HealthLeaders Media
(MedPage Today) -- Also, can AI reduce readmissions? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants
The CDC released a newMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report andVital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

ACP Criticizes New Blood Pressure Guideline
(MedPage Today) -- Changes went too far on too little evidence, group says (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Evidence Insufficient on Specific CVD-related Screening
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification
Family physicians are weary of the cost and expense of continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Welsh LMCs hit out at health boards ignoring GP contract
GP leaders in Wales have hit out at health boards diverting GMS funding away from practices and ignoring parts of the GP contract, with the BMA warning it could press for a single body to administer primary care across the country. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Practices 'give up' on recruiting GPs as one in three face long-term vacancies
Many practices have 'given up' trying to fill GP vacancies, the BMA's GP committee chair has warned, as a poll suggested that thousands of posts across England are vacant. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

MedPAC Recommends Replacing MIPS With New Proposal
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently proposed a replacement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System that it contends would be less burdensome and more effective. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Treatment for alcohol dependence in primary care compared to outpatient specialist treatment-a randomized controlled trial - Wallhed Finn S, Hammarberg A, Andr éasson S.
AIM: To investigate if treatment for alcohol dependence in primary care is as effective as specialist addiction care. METHOD: Randomized controlled non-inferiority trial, between groups parallel design, not blinded. The non-inferiority limit was se... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news