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American Academy Of Pediatrics names winners of national Children's Art Contest
Winners of the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Children's Art Contest were announced Saturday, Oct. 20 at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This year's contest drew entries from 36 states and 10 countries. (2012-10-20)

At outset of careers, medical students already concerned about workloads, U-M study shows
Medical students around the country are graduating this month, and preparing for the milestone that culminates four years of hard training -- their first job as a doctor. But as students enter the workforce, many have negative views of their future day-to-day work lives as physicians, and an especially grim view of entering primary care. (2012-05-16)

Doctors should watch for depression in arthritis patients
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to experience depression but are unlikely to talk to a doctor about it, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2008-02-20)

Medicine's small business practices should be supported by federal budget
Speaking from his perspective as a physician who practiced for nearly 30 years in a small medical practice in rural Virginia, Jeffrey P. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.P., president of the American College of Physicians testified today before the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. (2009-03-18)

Most Specialists Don't Assume Primary-Care Role For Older Patients Even When They Are The Only Source Of Care
A new study from the University of Washington shows that generalists are much more likely than specialists to act as primary-care providers for their elderly Medicare patients. The study suggests there are advantages to patients who have a primary-care doctor as their regular physician, an approach at the center of most managed-care plans. (1998-05-05)

ACP: State of America's health care is poor
At the State of the Nation's Health Care briefing, ACP provided recommendations on how President Obama and Congress can take immediate, sustained, and dramatic steps to provide affordable and accessible health care to all Americans and provide every American with access to a primary care physician. (2009-02-02)

Team-based model reduces prescription opioid use among patients with chronic pain by 40 percent
A new, team-based, primary care model is decreasing prescription opioid use among patients with chronic pain by 40 percent, according to a new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, which is published online ahead of print in JAMA Internal Medicine. (2017-07-17)

Online course improves physicians skill level for detecting skin cancer
Primary care physicians who took an online training course about skin cancer detection significantly improved their skill to properly diagnose and manage benign and malignant lesions, according to a national study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The physicians' enhanced skill level also led to a reduction in unnecessary referrals to dermatology specialists. (2013-11-07)

Study finds parents of chronically ill children avoid switching to HMO
Parents of children with chronic conditions are not likely to choose an HMO plan, according to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers. The report, in the August issue of Pediatrics, suggests these parents are willing to pay higher costs for medical care in order to have direct access to specialists. (2001-08-06)

Regenstrief and IU study: Older adults with severe mental illness challenge healthcare system
Although older adults with serious mental illness didn't have more recorded physical illness and had fewer outpatient visits to primary care physicians, they made more medical emergency department visits and had considerably longer medical hospitalizations than older adults without mental illness according to a study conducted by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research. (2013-11-14)

State medical home initiative slashes healthcare costs for complex Medicaid patients
Providing Medicaid patients with a primary care 'medical home' cut costs of their care by as much as $4,100 a year and lowered their number of doctors visits and hospitalizations, according to a Perelman School of Medicine-led study published today in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The research analyzed claims from Pennsylvania Medicaid patients who had both a chronic illness and a substance abuse or psychiatric condition. (2016-06-27)

Medical school deans and state medical society executives see physician shortages
A perception exists among medical school deans and state medical society executives that shortages of physicians exist, particularly in the non-primary care specialties, according to an article published in the December 10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2003-12-09)

Nurse practitioners provide more primary care in states with least restrictive regulations
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, those states with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners' scope of practice had two-and-a-half times more patients receiving primary care from nurse practitioners than did the most restrictive states. (2013-07-08)

Study Finds Psychotherapy And Anti-Depressants Equally Effective In Treating Severely Depressed Primary-Care Patients
Researchers comparing the effectiveness of treating major depression with either antidepressant medication or psychotherapy noted no difference in the success of the two treatment methods after an eight-month clinical investigation, allowing primary care physicians greater flexibility in selecting a proper treatment for their patients. (1998-11-23)

Joint Commission certifies 2 Primary Stroke Centers at Penn Medicine
Two Penn Medicine hospitals have received Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission for efforts to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. All three Penn Medicine hospitals are now certified to optimally treat stroke patients: Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center each received Primary Stroke Center certifications this summer and join the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center since 2004. (2012-08-22)

New guidelines emphasize important changes in HIV care
New comprehensive guidelines on managing HIV have been published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) and are available free online to all HIV care providers via the journal's electronic edition. The guidelines, developed by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), summarize important changes in the way HIV/AIDS should be managed. (2004-08-31)

Adding pharmacists to docs' offices helps patient outcomes, study shows
Adding pharmacists to the primary care team right in doctors' offices may help patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes better manage associated risks. (2010-11-15)

Ruthenium in a clinch
David Milstein and Chidambaram Gunanathan at the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a new catalyst that allows the selective synthesis of primary amines directly from alcohols and ammonia under mild conditions. (2008-10-20)

Tobacco/salt control, combination drugs, and simple mental health interventions must be used
An integrated approach, including salt and tobacco control, cheap combination drugs for cardiovascular disease and simple, easily-applied mental health interventions, must be used to tackle the chronic disease time-bomb. These are the conclusions of the third in a Series of eight papers in the Alma-Ata special issue of the Lancet. (2008-09-11)

New York law offers nurses more recognition, responsibility
If past experience is anything to go by, nurse practitioners in New York State are about to get a lot more recognition for their contributions to primary care. (2014-07-23)

New test predicts spread of kidney tumours
A simple, inexpensive, and reliable test can identify kidney tumours that are most likely to spread to the rest of the body, according to researchers in the July issue of The Lancet Oncology. The test, which identifies tumours that contain the protein IMP3, (2006-06-26)

Calls to prevent chronic disease 'juggernaut'
Health leaders have called for action in reforming primary health care to tackle the 'juggernaut' of chronic disease issues about to hit the health system at a meeting in Melbourne. (2005-10-24)

Mathematics explained for primary teachers by Derek Haylock
In this new fourth edition of Derek Haylock's much loved textbook, published by SAGE, the text has been fully revised and restructured to match the current attainment targets for mathematics in England. Every chapter is written in a way that integrates children's learning, classroom practice and the teacher's own requirements for subject knowledge, making this the ideal text for primary PGCE courses. (2010-08-25)

Obesity in kids: New research funded in W.A.
Childhood obesity is increasingly a problem for Australia, and a Perth-based research team has won funding from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) to investigate the best ways of helping parents to prevent it happening to their children. (2005-09-08)

Mount Sinai launches first-ever genetic testing program in the primary care setting
Primary-care providers will use patients' genomic information at the point-of-care to individualize treatment, testing and monitoring with Mount Sinai's Clinical Implementation of Personalized Medicine through Electronic Health Records and Genomic Program, or CLIPMERGE, a novel clinical-decision support engine for delivering guidelines with genetic variants of clinical significance to enhance treatment. (2013-07-31)

Research connects pregnancy loss and cardiovascular disease
The Annals of Family Medicine today published an article detailing research showing that women with a history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in adulthood than other women, work completed by physicians in the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. (2014-07-16)

Are the US News medical school rankings for primary care education relevant?
The US News & World Report graduate school rankings inspire discussion and marketing, but do they actually reflect quality differences between schools when it comes to medical education in primary care? (2013-07-08)

Better care for severely depressed costs less
Depressed patients from a large HMO getting little or no relief from (1999-12-14)

Team care doubles benefits of depression treatment for older adults
A team care approach more than doubles the effectiveness of depression treatment for older adults in general medical settings, according to a new UCLA/Dartmouth study. The findings reported in the December 11 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), show the benefits of a model primary care program to treat late life depression. (2002-12-10)

UofL Trover Campus wins national academic medicine award
The Association of American Medical Colleges has awarded its 2014 Shining Star of Community Achievement award to UofL's innovative program to increase the number of physicians in medically underserved regions. (2014-11-07)

Female medical students more patient-centered
Female medical students are more patient-centered than their male counterparts, according to a recent study of first-year students at the Boston University School of Medicine. Students who are more patient-centered plan to enter community and primary care practice rather than other medical practices, the study indicates. (1999-10-31)

Wake Forest scientists clone gene for inherited kidney stone disease
Scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine report that they have cloned the gene responsible for an inherited form of kidney stone disease, which may open the way to new treatments. (1999-10-17)

Referral decisions differ between primary care physicians and specialists
How do physicians decide which colleague to refer their patient to? It differs depending on whether you ask primary care or specialist physicians. Primary care physicians are more likely to cite reasons relating to patient access or physician-to-physician communication whereas medical or surgical specialists cite reasons related to patient experience with the chosen physician. Barnett and colleagues' work appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2011-09-19)

A happy patient is well connected to a doctor
The happiest patients are those who have regular contact with their doctors. A University of Iowa study finds that VA patients who have established (2013-11-18)

Reception year teachers most important for primary education
A good reception year teacher makes the biggest and longest-lasting difference to primary school education, an assessment of over 70,000 children from Durham University's Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Center reveals. (2007-09-07)

Most seniors switch doctors only if forced
Nearly nine out of ten seniors switch their primary care physicians because they are forced to - not by choice. That's the finding of research published in the November edition of The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice. (2004-11-17)

High-risk stroke patients more likely to get follow-up care after motivational talk
Even though many Americans learn through community health screenings that they are at high risk for having a stroke, they rarely follow-up with their doctor for care. But a new University of Michigan study shows high-risk stroke patients are twice as likely to get follow-up care from a primary care doctor if they receive a pep talk over the telephone. (2011-08-04)

From now on, 4 PTB primary atomic clocks will contribute to UTC
The new caesium fountain clock CSF2 is admitted into the exclusive international club of primary clocks. (2009-12-21)

Dermatologists Should Provide Primary Care For Skin Disease, Wake Forest Study Shows
Though many managed care systems steer patients with skin problems to primary care doctors on the supposition that they will get comprehensive care as well, a new study indicates patients with skin problems get no more comprehensive care than they would from dermatologists. (1998-08-01)

Primary-care based program reduces thoughts of suicide among older depressed patients
An intervention that includes interaction with a depression care manager reduces levels of depression and thoughts of suicide among older patients with depression, according to a study in the March 3 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (2004-03-02)

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