Should the Criteria for Brain Death Be Tougher? Should the Criteria for Brain Death Be Tougher?
There are recent cases in which a patient was declared brain dead and prepped for organ harvesting, yet the patient recovered. Are brain death criteria wrong? Should they be tougher?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Smart End-of-Year Tax Tips: 2018 Smart End-of-Year Tax Tips: 2018
Most people put off thinking about taxes for as long as possible. But by following a few simple strategies before the end of the year, you can save a bundle come next April.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

CQC temporarily closes GP surgery after deeming practice'unfit for purpose '
A GP practice has been asked to temporarily suspend its services to patients following a CQC inspection earlier this month.  NHS Knowsley CCG announced on 9 October that the Aston Healthcare GP practice site at Gresford Medical Centre closed with‘immediate effect’ following a CQC inspection on 3 October.  According to the CCG, the CQC sent a letter to Aston Healthcare requiring them to temporarily close the Gresford Medical Centre site, which closed on 8 October. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 16, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: vfiore Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick CQC Patient Access Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Nine ways research could save the NHS money
This highlight provides nine treatments and initiatives that are cost effective for the NHS including weight loss surgery, misaligned shoulder fractures, rotavirus vaccine, public health interventions, oxygen levels for acute bronchiolitis in children, routine replacement of intravenous cannulae, behavioural activation, oral surgery in primary care, and uterine polyps. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mecklenburg County Selects OurHealth for Near-site Clinic Network
Indianapolis-based primary care clinic provider adds to growing Charlotte MyClinic Network(PRWeb October 16, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/mecklenburg_county_selects_ourhealth_for_near_site_clinic_network/prweb15840204.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Paging Dr. Facebook: How the social network could help doctors screen patients for depression
More than half of Americans who suffer from depression never get any treatment, and in many cases that ’s because their symptoms are never diagnosed. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Forceadvises primary care physicians to screen all of their patients for depression and make sure proper care gets... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Karen Kaplan Source Type: news

Cullen: FPs Are Heroes in'Epic Adventure' of U.S. Health Care
Newly installed AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., opened the 2018 Family Medicine Experience with a rousing speech about changing the health care system so FPs can do the work their patients need. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cannabinoids Offer Limited Symptom Relief in MS
(MedPage Today) -- Meta-analysis reports mild reductions in spasticity, pain, bladder dysfunction (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FP Steps in With Compassion for Child Sex Abuse Victims
Samuel " Le " Church, M.D., M.P.H., literally rebuilt his practice so he could help childhood victims of sexual assault. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Distinct Ultrasound Pattern Seen in Arthritis Subtype (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Palindromic rheumatism was characterized by extracapsular inflammation (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CHF May Affect One in Three Pregnancies After Cancer Tx Cardiotoxicity
(MedPage Today) -- But observational study finds " very low risk " for other cancer survivors (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

AAFP to Shape Future of Health Care With New Informatics Push
The AAFP is establishing a new organizational pillar to stay at the fore of health IT -- and initiating a significant new push to drive innovation in family medicine. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Alcohol, Suicide-Related Mortality Higher in Diabetics
(MedPage Today) -- Rates tended to be higher for those on insulin versus oral agents (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CaroMont Health plans medical building in European-inspired village in east Gaston
CaroMont Health has signed on to develop a medical office building in a European-inspired, mixed-use development in Cramerton. The hospital company will build a 22,000-square-foot structure that will hold at least a physician, along with family medicine and primary care services, when the structure is open next year. It’s being built in the Villages of Cramerton Mills, the brainchild of Nick Parker of Green Street Cotta ges and Bowman Development Group of Huntersville. Dr. Costa Andreou, executive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ken Elkins Source Type: news

Delegates Act on Family Medicine Education Issues
Delegates discussed a wide variety of issues during the Reference Committee on Education hearing at the Congress of Delegates in New Orleans, including paid leave for new parents and CME changes meant to encourage precepting and meet other family medicine needs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen
A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

State of Health: Md. House Candidate Knows Medical Concerns Firsthand
(MedPage Today) -- Two-time cancer survivor Vaughn Stewart has healthcare issues high on his agenda (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Doctors Move Away From Using Live Animals for Trauma Surgery Training Doctors Move Away From Using Live Animals for Trauma Surgery Training
An initiative to replace the use of live animals with a human simulator for trauma surgery practice prompted training programs in more than 20 countries to make the switch, saving them money in the process, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Male Contraception: Will It Work? Male Contraception: Will It Work?
Can we trust men? Dr Art Caplan discusses the issue of male contraception and the associated responsibility.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Male Contraception--Can Men Be Trusted? Male Contraception--Can Men Be Trusted?
Can we trust men? Dr Art Caplan discusses the issue of male contraception and the associated responsibility.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Identifying opportunities to improve intimate partner violence screening in a primary care system - Sharples L, Nguyen C, Singh B, Lin S.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a silent epidemic affecting one in three women. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine IPV screening for women of childbearing age, but actual rates of screening in primary car... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news

Opioid and cocaine use among primary care patients on buprenorphine-self-report and urine drug tests - Bagley SM, Cheng DM, Winter M, Alford DP, LaBelle C, Walley AY, Samet JH.
BACKGROUND: Urine drug tests (UDTs) are recommended to monitor patients treated for opioid use disorder in primary care. The aims are to (1) estimate the frequency of self-report and UDT results of opioid and cocaine use and (2) evaluate the association be... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Factors associated with rapidly repeated acute poisoning by substances of abuse: a prospective observational cohort study - Vallersnes OM, Jacobsen D, Ekeberg Ø, Brekke M.
OBJECTIVE: We have previously found that 9% of patients treated for acute poisoning by substances of abuse in a primary care emergency outpatient setting presented with a new poisoning within a week. We now identify factors associated with rapidly repeated... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Older adult fall prevention practices among primary care providers at accountable care organizations: a pilot study - Howland J, Hackman H, Taylor A, O'Hara K, Liu J, Brusch J.
BACKGROUND: Falls are a serious and common problem among older adults. Low-tech, inexpensive, community-based fall prevention programs have been shown to be both effective and cost effective, however, these programs are not well-integrated into clinical pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Radiologists influence cost of incidental MRI follow-up
When radiologists find incidental pancreatic cysts on MRI scans, patients can...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Contrast US more accurately types pancreatic lesions Incidental imaging findings boost healthcare costs USPSTF seeks comment on pancreatic cancer guidance PET/MRI head scans reveal important incidental findings Primary care doctors want help with incidental findings (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

IL-6 for Adult Still's: A New Option? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Some benefits seen, but primary endpoint not met (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

' Innovative' Nursing Honors Veterans
(MedPage Today) -- Beth Abele, RN, MSN, CNL, discusses ways to better care for vets (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Understanding Neuropathic-Like Knee Pain
(MedPage Today) -- Central risk factors may contribute to the condition, study shows (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mental Exercises for Training Your Brain
(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 13, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Panel Backs Powerful Opioid Pills for Emergency Pain
(MedPage Today) -- Sufentanil up to 10 times more potent than fentanyl, but REMS would mitigate risks (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physicians See the Need, Not the Pay for Mental Healthcare Physicians See the Need, Not the Pay for Mental Healthcare
Frustrated physicians describe family practices overwhelmed with patients needing mental health services, and say they see no relief in sight for reimbursement reform.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics
The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates'Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Undeclared Drugs Common in OTC Supplements, FDA Data Show Undeclared Drugs Common in OTC Supplements, FDA Data Show
A new study highlights the frequency with which unauthorized ingredients are found in over-the-counter dietary supplements and sheds light on the FDA's response to these findings.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

High Prolactin Tied to Lower T2D Risk in Women (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Risk fell by 27% in women with highest, though normal, levels (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Forms of Sleep Disturbances Increase as Parkinson's Progresses Forms of Sleep Disturbances Increase as Parkinson's Progresses
Sleep disturbances are common across the stages of Parkinson's disease and increase with disease progression. A study suggests that because there is little overlap, they may have different etiologies.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Balanitis (Inflammation of the Head of the Penis)
Title: Balanitis (Inflammation of the Head of the Penis)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/12/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Mens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Mens Health General - October 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Parental Unemployment and Offspring Psychotropic Medication Purchases Parental Unemployment and Offspring Psychotropic Medication Purchases
A father's unemployment may affect the mental health of adolescent offspring.American Journal of Epidemiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

The EveryONE Project Unveils Latest Toolkit
The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Says Vape Liquid Contains Erectile Dysfunction Drug
(MedPage Today) -- Company warned to stop selling the illegal products (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pregnancy Rates Increasing in Women With Multiple Sclerosis Pregnancy Rates Increasing in Women With Multiple Sclerosis
Pregnancy rates in women with MS are increasing, confirming the well-established'down-up trend'for reduced relapse risk during pregnancy and the abrupt increase in relapse risk after delivery, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Rare HIV PrEP Failure Reported in San Francisco
(MedPage Today) -- Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis remains highly effective, experts say (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Compassion, Faith Drive FPOY to Help Patients, Community
Will Cooke, M.D., a family physician from Austin, Ind., who took on disease outbreaks caused by injection drug use in his small rural community, has been named the AAFP's 2019 Family Physician of the Year. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Study: Men Who Smoke Unaware of Erectile Dysfunction Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Impotence warnings might motivate men to kick the habit (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CQC: practices'improve patient safety' despite'increasingly stretched' workforce
The overall safety of GP practices in England is improving, although there is a concern about the‘stretched’ GP workforce going forward, the CQC has said.  Its annual State of Care report said that in the safety category, 93% of GP practices were rated as good at 31 July 2018 compared with 88% at the same time in 2017.  Overall, across all inspection areas, 91% of GP surgeries were rated as good and 5% as outstanding, with 1% rated as inadequate and 4% as requires improvement. Hide related content:  Show related contentread more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 11, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Sharda Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

GP Partnership Review: interim report
This report starts to explore the potential solutions that will revitalise the partnership model of general practice. It invites GPs and others with an interest to continue to get involved with the review by sharing their experiences and ideas. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effectiveness of a multifactorial intervention for dizziness in older people in primary care: A cluster randomised controlled trial - Stam H, van der Wouden JC, Hugtenburg JG, Twisk JWR, van der Horst HE, Maarsingh OR.
OBJECTIVES: Dizziness is common in older people. Physicians are often unable to identify a specific cause for dizziness in older people, even after an extensive diagnostic work-up. A prognosis-oriented approach, i.e. treating modifiable risk factors for an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Popular'Club Drug' Tied to Brain, Cognitive Changes Popular'Club Drug' Tied to Brain, Cognitive Changes
Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, which is widely used as a'party drug,'causes functional brain changes, especially after drug-related comas, Dutch researchers have shown for the first time.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Opioid crisis coupled with doctor shortage leaves chronic pain patients desperate
In northwestern Ontario where thousands of people don't have a primary care provider, patients taking painkillers often aren't at the top of family doctors' waiting lists. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Thunder Bay Source Type: news

CVS, Aetna Win U.S. Approval for $69 Bln Merger CVS, Aetna Win U.S. Approval for $69 Bln Merger
Pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp won U.S. antitrust approval for its $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, the Justice Department said on Wednesday, paving the way for a combination the companies say can help cut soaring U.S. healthcare costs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Lack of Communication About Medical Marijuana With Patients Lack of Communication About Medical Marijuana With Patients
Medical marijuana is widely available, but are physicians aware if their patients are using it?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news