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December 11, 2012
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  • USPSTF urges physicians to discuss smoking with young patients
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a draft recommendation urging physicians to counsel teens and school-aged children about the consequences of cigarette smoking and ways to handle peer pressure. USPSTF co-vice chair Michael LeFevre, M.D., said the task force found programs initiated by family physicians can help adolescents avoid smoking and added the AAFP's Tar Wars tobacco-free education program would meet the criteria outlined by task force members for such programs. AAFP News Now (12/10) , Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • Better outcomes seen with primary care-based diabetes program
    Obese patients with metabolic syndrome, prediabetes or both who underwent diabetes prevention initiatives delivered in a primary care setting attained significant reductions in body weight compared with those who had usual care, a study showed. Improvements in waist circumference and fasting plasma glucose were also noted in the intervention groups, researchers wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Circumcision offers protection against UTI in boys, men
    Australian researchers reviewed 22 studies involving 407,902 males and found that uncircumcised boys had a 9.9 times greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection between birth and age 1 compared with circumcised boys. The odds of a UTI was 6.6 times and 3.4 times higher in 1- to 16-year-olds and males aged 16 and older, respectively, according to the study in the Journal of Urology. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blacks are more prone to BP-related stroke, study says
    Blacks with stage 1 hypertension had a higher risk of stroke than whites, according to a study of 27,748 people in the U.S. The stroke risk related to a 10 mmHg increase in systolic blood pressure was 8% higher in whites and 24% higher in blacks ages 45 and older. The study appeared online in Archives of Internal Medicine. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Study: Online access to care leads to more use of clinical services
    A Kaiser Permanente Colorado study published in JAMA surprised researchers by showing patients who had online access to physicians and other health care professionals used more in-person and telephone services. Author Ted Palen, M.D., said the data could indicate patients were more engaged in their care than was generally assumed, had more severe conditions requiring more care or signed up because they anticipated they would need more services. AAFP News Now (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strong growth of ACOs expected in 2013
    Experts predict a rapid increase in the number of accountable care organizations in 2013. "This is becoming a more pervasive phenomenon," said Dr. Norman Chenven of the Austin Regional Clinic. As many as 31 million patients are involved in some way with the ACO model, according to consulting company Oliver Wyman. American Medical News (free content) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside the AAFP 
  • AAFP Leaders Working for You
    The AAFP Board of Directors met at the Academy's offices in Leawood, Kan., last week to discuss a wide range of issues important to family medicine, including payment and funding for graduate medical education. AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., has more details in the latest AAFP Leader Voices blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infant, Child, and Adolescent Medicine Live Course
    Learn how to best care for your youngest patients in this complex and changing world. Attend the AAFP’s Infant, Child, and Adolescent Medicine live course, Feb. 6 to 9 in Orlando (Kissimmee), Fla., and earn up to 26.25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Cover topical issues including cardiovascular risk in children, musculoskeletal conditions, and cyberbullying. Save $100 when you register by Jan. 16. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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