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Friday, September 25, 2020

Primary Care/Family Medicine

Why NPs are Especially Suited to Address Social Determinants of Health

A new report finds important gaps when it comes to addressing the economic and social conditions that cause healthcare disparities in the United States.

Screen All Adults for Hepatitis C Regardless of Risk, Says USPSTF

Instances of hepatitis C have grown so much in recent years that the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce is expanding its screening protocol.

Finally, a New System for Classifying Obesity?

A new classification system for obesity could pave the way for more holistic care for the condition, according to new research.

The Surprising Social Determinant You’re Likely Overlooking: Ageism

A surprising factor might be to blame for worse health outcomes in older individuals: ageism in healthcare settings.

4 Talking Points to Share with Patients Using Wearable, Health Tech

As wearable health tech explodes in the market, questions remain about its accuracy and safety. Here's what to tell patients.

The Dietary Advice You Give Patients May Do Little to Improve Mental Health

According to new research, common beliefs about the resounding health effects of certain foods may be just that — beliefs.

6 Ways Providers Can Help Low-Income Patients Afford Expensive Treatments

More than half of Americans have delayed healthcare in the past year due to financial burdens of care.

More Women are Self-Treating Endometriosis with Cannabis and CBD — But is it Safe?

Many endometriosis sufferers are taking symptom relief into their own hands by using cannabis and CBD, research finds. Learn about the risks — and if it works.

The Flu Shot is Less Effective in Certain Populations: 8 Facts to Share with Patients

Research finds obese people and possibly other groups are less protected by the flu shot than the general pop. Keep them safe with these tips.

Many Patients are Unknowingly Taking Illegal Infertility Drugs, Research Finds

What's more, patients are often hesitant to talk to their providers about it. Learn how to approach the topic and safer alternatives to recommend.

More Patients are Misusing Common Alternatives to Prescription Opioids, Study Finds

New research finds that two pain killers branded as safe alternatives to opioids can actually be life-threatening. Learn when and how to prescribe them.

6 Ways Nurses Can Provide Better Care for Patients Living with HIV/AIDS

Nurses can improve treatment and access for people living with HIV/AIDs at every point along the care continuum.

Important Takeaways for Health Pros from the AHA’s New Quality Measures for HBP

The new measures prioritize a patient-centered approach and prioritize controlling HBP below the new ACC/AHA target of 130/80 mm Hg.

The Pros and Cons of At-Home Testing for Patients: What Clinicians Should Know

The resounding message: These tests are not accurate enough for consumers to be using without medical oversight.

6 Facts About Self-Harm that Every Nurse and APP Should Know

It’s hard to imagine wanting to intentionally cut or burn yourself, given the severe pain such injuries can cause. But intentional self-harm...

7 Common Challenges When Dealing with Family Caregivers and How to Overcome Them

As the population ages, more of your patients will receive care at home from someone without a medical background. Registered nurses and...

General Practice Clinicians Can—and Should—Provide Mental Health Services, Research Finds

Individuals with mild to moderate mental health problems don't need to see a specialty to receive quality treatment, according to new research.

3 Outside-the-Box Dietary Strategies to Recommend to Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Nutrition is a top concern among diabetes patients. In fact, “What can I eat?” is the most common question diabetes patients ask...

Estimate Diabetes Patients Risk of Complications Over the Next 10 Years with This New Tool

For individuals living with type 2 diabetes and obesity, the decision whether to have weight-loss surgery can be stressful, but a new...

Measles Can Cause “Immunity Amnesia” in Unvaccinated Patients: Study

Two recent investigations explored the mechanisms behind which measles works. What they found was that vaccinations not only protect against the disease...

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