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  Clinical News 
  • Health panel updates recommendations on HIV screening
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Monday called for routine HIV testing for all Americans aged 15 to 65, expanding its 2005 recommendation that included only high-risk individuals. The draft recommendation was prompted by studies showing major health benefits of early HIV treatment, task force chairwoman Virginia Moyer said. USA Today (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text messaging interventions show promise in smoking cessation
    Smokers who tried smoking-cessation programs using text messaging were twice as likely to go half a year without smoking compared with those who did not use the interventions, according to a review of five studies published by the Cochrane Library. The review, which focused solely on texting interventions, found that around 9% of smokers in the five treatment groups were tobacco-free after six months of receiving support such as automated motivational messages and fast responses to messages concerning their cravings. MobiHealthNews.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job loss may increase heart attack risk
    Adults who were unemployed were at a greater risk of developing acute myocardial infarction, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Although the risks for AMI were most significant in the first year after job loss, unemployment status, cumulative number of job losses and cumulative time unemployed were each independently associated with increased risk for AMI," the researchers wrote. Nurse.com (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research ties prenatal antibiotic use to childhood asthma risk
    Children born to mothers who took antibiotics while pregnant had a 17% higher risk of being hospitalized for asthma at age 5 compared with those who weren't exposed to the drugs, Danish researchers found. The study in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed that children exposed to antibiotics while in the womb were 18% more likely to be prescribed an asthma drug. Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Physicians weigh in on ethical dilemmas
    A Medscape survey sheds light on doctors' views on ethical issues including prescribing a placebo to patients who do not need but are determined to receive treatment: 34% of responding physicians said that practice is acceptable. Forty-eight percent disagreed and 18% said "it depends." Researchers also found 32% of physicians said they would dismiss a nonadherent patient or one who overuses resources, while 33% said they would not. Modern Physician(free registration) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • Universities' program hopes to increase number of family doctors
    Two Cleveland-area universities have launched a program designed to recruit students who want to stay in the region as primary care physicians. The Partnership for Urban Health aims to address the growing shortage of family doctors, estimated by AAFP to be 39,000 below needed levels by 2020. One of the partnership's goals is to find grants and scholarships to help medical students pay for their education. WKYC-TV (Cleveland) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Grant program available for residents interested in helping underserved patients
    The AAFP Foundation is looking for candidates for its Family Medicine Cares-USA Resident Service Award. The award is an opportunity for a first- or second-year family medicine resident to fulfill a desire to address health disparities by tackling the health needs of the underserved in his or her local community. The submission deadline for the award has been extended to Feb. 1. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online resource for building a PCMH practice available free to members
    Smaller practices transforming into a patient-centered medical home can be challenged by the amount of change required in the entire culture of a practice. The good news is the AAFP has numerous resources to help, including free access to the TransforMED Delta-Exchange network. Delta-Exchange is an online network dedicated to physicians, clinical staff, office staff and primary care-focused residency programs committed to the PCMH. Learn from and exchange information with experts and peers in an active online community that is available free to AAFP members. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A good man with a good conscience doesn't walk so fast."
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