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  • AAFP approves ADHD guidelines for children, adolescents
    The AAFP has endorsed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder guidelines for children and adolescents developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Theodore Ganiats, M.D., the academy's representative on the AAP committee, said the guidelines -- which include a checklist for diagnosis and treatment -- are important because ADHD often is misdiagnosed. AAFP News Now (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • CDC data show sharp increase in U.S. diabetes rates
    Diabetes cases increased by at least 50% in 42 states and by at least 100% in 18 states between 1995 and 2010, a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated. Southern and Appalachian states showed the highest increases. Ann Albright of the CDC said rates will keep rising "until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity." Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pneumococcal vaccine shows high efficacy rate, study says
    A pediatric study of the pneumococcal vaccine PHiD-CV10 showed an efficacy rate of 92% to 100% during a two-year follow-up, compared with children given a comparator vaccine, according to a study from Finland published in The Lancet. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects against 10 serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smoking bans implemented in more large U.S. cities
    The CDC reported on Thursday that 30 of the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. are covered by laws that ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Smoking bans have extended to states as well, with 26 states covered by smoke-free laws in 2010, up from zero in 2000. Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Report: Care coordination important in Medicare bundled pay project
    The amount hospitals spend on post-acute care varies but those that coordinate efforts with primary care physicians and other partners stand to do the best in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors say readmissions are a big part of the variations and highlight the opportunity for post-discharge patient outreach that ensures people schedule timely primary care visits, take their medications and create plans to address problems. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll finds 50% increase in EMR use among U.S. physicians
    A Health Affairs survey showed a 50% increase in EMR use among primary care physicians in the U.S., although use is outpaced by that of some other countries where EMR use is nearly universal. Researchers also found the capability for electronic sharing of patient data is mostly concentrated in bigger practices and those that are part of integrated health systems. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • Criticized at hearing, FDA calls for new authority
    The FDA needs new authority over drug compounders to prevent disasters like the meningitis outbreak tied to tainted custom-made drugs from the New England Compounding Center, FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. The present system "hampered our ability to act to protect patients and prevent, rather than just react to, safety concerns," Hamburg said. Several lawmakers sharply criticized the FDA, and committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., faulted the agency for not following up after finding problems years ago. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/14) , The Washington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA panel: More data needed on effects of hep B vaccine
    The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee voted 13 to 1 in support of the efficacy of Dynavax's hepatitis B vaccine Heplisav, but questioned its safety and the insufficient information on its effects among some minorities, including Hispanics, blacks and Asians. MedPage Today(free registration) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • One in 3 doctors considers move to concierge medicine
    Data from an Accenture survey revealed 1 in 3 primary care physicians is thinking about shifting to subscription-based care, including concierge medicine. The trend has caused concern that care will become less available for those who can't afford it. Hybrid concierge medicine may allow hospitals to retain such physicians while caring for a broad patient population, Concierge Choice Physicians founder Wayne Lipton said. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside the AAFP 
  • Help patients use OTC medications safely
    Each year, thousands of children under age 12 end up in emergency rooms as a result of misuse of over-the-counter medications. Help educate your patients about safe, effective use of OTC cold and cough medications. has developed patient education handouts available for free download. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect."
--William Carlos Williams,
American poet and physician

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