The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released updated guidelines for the noninvasive treatment of nonradicular subacute, acute, and chronic low back pain in primary care. The guidelines, along with updated evidence reviews, are published online February 13 in the Ann...
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Among new users of PPIs, more than half of those who go on to develop chronic kidney damage while taking the medication have no signs of acute kidney injury (AKI) beforehand, a new study shows. Yan Xie, MPH, from Veterans Affairs (VA) Saint Louis Health Care System, Missour...
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In 2014, the Joint National Committee (JNC) 8 relaxed the systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal for people ≥ 60 years from < 140 mm Hg to < 150 mm Hg.[1] The American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) joint practice guideli...
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January 21, 2016

Treat the Risk, Not Just the Numbers, for Hypertension, From Heartwire CME, Authors: News Author: Larry Hand CME Author: Charles P. Vega, MD

Clinical Context High blood pressure is a highly common finding in the United States, affecting tens of millions of US adults. However, the best practice for the management of high blood pressure remains controversial. The authors of the current study provide a ba...
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WASHINGTON, DC ( updated with commentary ) — A large study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that a more intensive strategy of lowering blood pressure—one that aims to achieve a systolic blood-pressure target of 120 mm Hg—reduces the risk of d...
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CLINICAL CONTEXT The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines for cholesterol management defined new eligibility criteria for statin treatment. It was previously undetermined whether the new criteria would improve identification of ...
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Abraham Morgentaler, MD. June 04, 2015

Testosterone: A Fear-Fueled Debate The effects of testosterone deficiency (also called "hypogonadism" or, informally, "low T") have been recognized for millennia. The treatment of hypogonadism has been described in medical textbooks for decades, and the symptoms are observed...
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14 | July 2015 | best tests

Asymptomatic bacteriuria is not necessarily bad bacteria It is a common misconception that urine from a healthy person is sterile. In reality bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract can readily enter the bladder via the urethra. Once in the bladder, bacteria are often el...
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Laird Harrison; July 16, 2015

VIENNA — Patients can continue to take aspirin as recommended by their primary care physicians without fear of worsening their macular degeneration, researchers say. "Taking patients off aspirin can cause premature morbidity and mortality," said Kent Small, MD, from Los A...
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By Will Boggs MD July 01, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The first six letters of the English alphabet form the basis of a new checklist for monitoring patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. "The checklist was designed as a knowledge-translat...
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