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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)

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)

New grant focuses on pain, fatigue and other common, disabling, undertreated symptoms
Symptoms like pain and fatigue account for 400 million appointments with physicians annually -- 50 percent of all visits in the US. A two-year, $670,000 PCORI grant supports a new randomized controlled study of sleep problems, pain, anxiety, depression and energy/fatigue. (2014-11-20)

Study finds more Americans bypassing their personal physician when immediate treatment required
Only 45 percent of the 354 million annual visits for acute care in the United States are made to patients' personal physicians, as Americans increasingly make busy emergency departments, specialists or outpatient care departments their first point of contact for treatment of new health problems or a flare up of a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes. (2010-09-07)

Results of the EXAMINATION trial
The second generation drug-eluting stent Xience V performs well in patients having primary PCI for ST elevation myocardial infarction, and has a better safety profile than that of bare metal stents, according to results of the EXAMINATION (Evaluation of Xience-V stent in Acute Myocardial INfArcTION) trial. (2011-08-30)

Gene believed linked to serious kidney disease
Defects in the thin, hair-like projections lining the ducts and tubules of the kidneys, and known as primary celia, may be responsible for a kidney disease affecting one in 10,000 children. The Yale researcher who made the finding with collaborators says a shortage or absence of cilia in other areas of the body may be tied to many other diseases. (2000-12-10)

Patients' health service use
Primary care physicians Johannes Hauswaldt, Eva Hummers-Pradier, and Ulrike Junius-Walker address the question of how frequently different patient groups attend doctor's appointments in this issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (2012-12-10)

Ongoing relationship with care provider key for patients with a chronic condition: UBC study
People with a chronic condition such as diabetes or arthritis may find themselves taking on a more active role in maintaining or improving their own health if there is an ongoing relationship with a primary health care provider, according to University of British Columbia research. (2011-04-29)

Tumors bring their own support cells when forming metastases
The process of metastasis requires that cancer cells traveling from a primary tumor find a hospitable environment in which to implant themselves and grow. A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center researchers finds that circulating tumor cells prepare this environment by bringing along from their original site noncancerous cells that support tumor growth. (2010-12-01)

Allergies affect 15 million people in UK, says Professor
The NHS spends £1 billion each year treating 15 million of British children and adults for allergies like eczema, hay fever and asthma and an estimated 40% of children and 30% of adults in the UK are now affected by allergic disorders, a University of Edinburgh Professor will say in his inaugural lecture today, Thursday, 16 June. (2005-06-15)

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)

Study in JAMA study links primary care shortage with salary disparities
The nation's shortage of primary care physicians has been linked to a host of poor health outcomes, and a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that salary disparities play a major role in the shortage. (2008-09-09)

Depression in older cancer patients can be effectively treated with collaborative approach
Depression in older cancer patients is very common and has debilitating effects both during and after treatment. UW researchers have shown that an intervention called (2009-10-20)

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)

Companion bill introduced in House to extend Medicaid pay parity
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) Monday introduced House legislation, the Ensuring Access to Primary Care for Women & Children Act (H.R. 5723) to ensure continued access to vital primary care services. David A. Fleming, M.D., M.A., M.A.C.P., president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), noted that, 'ACP applauds Rep. Castor's leadership in the House on this key issue, which will extend current-law payment rates under Medicaid for certain primary care and immunization services to at least the level of Medicare through 2016.' (2014-11-18)

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)

Genetic defect in sporadic cases of the lung disorder pulmonary hypertension
At least one in four patients with the sporadic form of the lung disease primary pulmonary hypertension shares the same genetic defect as those with the familial form shows new research in the Journal of Medical Genetics. (2000-10-14)

New study aims to predict risk of cancer
New research at the University of Southampton aims to develop a way of predicting who is more at risk of getting cancer. (2012-10-16)

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)

No separate changing rooms for boys and girls in one in five primary schools
One in five primary schools does not provide separate changing rooms for boys and girls, reveals a survey of primary schools in a study published ahead of print in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2005-11-30)

5 Top 'Warning Signals' Of Depression Identified
Primary care physicians should ask their patients about five (1998-11-24)

Task-shifting to nurses and lay health workers may contribute to achieving the Alma-Ata vision
Task-shifting from doctors to nurses and from health professionals to lay providers may contribute to achieving the Alma-Ata vision of primary health care for all. This is among the conclusions of the second in an eight paper Series in the Alma-Ata special issue of the Lancet, by Simon Lewin, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and Medical Research Council of South Africa, and colleagues. (2008-09-11)

Primary cilium as cellular 'GPS system' crucial to wound repair
The primary cilium, the solitary, antenna-like structure that studs the outer surfaces of virtually all human cells, orients cells to move in the right direction and at the speed needed to heal wounds, much like a global positioning system helps ships navigate to their destinations. (2008-12-17)

Dementia screening in primary care: Is it time?
Primary care physicians should focus on (2007-11-27)

Nottingham Primary Care Division a UK leading center
The University of Nottingham's Division of Primary Care has been invited to join a national partnership in recognition of its excellent research. (2009-06-17)

Anxiety disorders surprisingly common yet often untreated
Researchers led by Kurt Kroenke, M.D., of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. report that nearly 20 percent of patients seen by primary care physicians have at least one anxiety disorder. They outline effectiveness of new screening tool which can alert busy primary care physicians to those patients with one or more anxiety disorders. Study is published in the March 6 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2007-03-12)

Genetic profiles of brain metastases differ from those of primary tumors
A new study finds that, while brain metastases share some genetic characteristics with the primary tumors from which they originated, they also carry unique genetic mutations, indicating that the evolutionary pathways of the metastatic and the primary tumors have diverged, which may change sensitivities to targeted therapy drugs. (2015-09-26)

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)

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)

Radiation therapy reduces cancer recurrence in older breast cancer patients
Radiation therapy after lumpectomy and five years of treatment with the drug tamoxifen can dramatically reduce the risk of both cancer recurrence and new tumors in older women with early breast cancer, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. (2007-01-22)

National Council for Social Studies names Distinguished Global Scholar
Josiah Tlou, a professor emeritus of education at Virginia Tech, has been named Distinguished Global Scholar of the year by the National Council for Social Studies. (2012-11-16)

Age at first period has changed little since 1950s
The average age of menarche (age at first period) in British teenagers has changed very little during the past 20-30 years. Despite this, almost one girl in eight reaches menarche while still at primary school, and this must be taken into account when providing sanitary facilities and health information for female pupils. (2001-05-03)

ACP: Residency match results demonstrate need to address national primary care workforce goals
For each of the past two years, the number of US medical students choosing internal medicine residencies has decreased by approximately 1 percent from the previous year. According to the 2009 National Resident Matching Program report, 2,632 US seniors at medical schools enrolled in an internal medicine residency program -- down from 2,660 in 2008 and 2,680 in 2007. (2009-03-19)

Primary care-based weight intervention helps obese patients reduce weight
Primary care physicians, working with medical assistants in their practices, helped one group of their obese patients lose an average of 10.1 lb during a two-year lifestyle intervention, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (2011-11-14)

Physicians and public health agencies need shared accountability to improve health outcomes
A first-time joint publication by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health highlights how the two sectors of public health and primary medicine intersect and the work ahead to achieve true integration. This special supplement complements the recent Institute of Medicine study released in late March, (2012-06-12)

AHA names Barbara Riegel, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, a 2015 Distinguished Scientist
The American Heart Association has named Penn Nursing's Barbara Riegel, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, professor of Nursing, the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Chair of Gerontology and director of the Biobehavioral Research Center, a 2015 Distinguished Scientist. Riegel received this honor during the opening meeting of the AHA Scientific Sessions on Nov. 8, 2015. (2015-11-09)

American College of Physicians endorses preserving patient access to Primary Care Act of 2009
The 128,000-member American College of Physicians today endorsed the Preserving Patient Access to Primary Care Act of 2009 (H.R. 2350), introduced by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). (2009-05-20)

AACR news: XL-184 (Cabozantinib) goes 12-for-12 in colorectal cancer explants
The novel c-MET and VEGFR2 inhibitor, XL-184 (Cabozantinib), resulted in a significant decrease in tumor growth in 12 out of 12 colorectal cancer patient-derived explants, with 8 of the explants exhibiting stable disease. The results of this preclinical work are presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013. (2013-04-08)

Survey explores medical care for children with autism using complementary alternative medicine
In a national survey conducted by the University of Minnesota, primary care physicians report that they are more likely to ask patients with autism about complementary alternative medicine use and desire more CAM education for this population. The study of 539 US physicians, published this week in Springer's Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, explores the attitudes and practices of primary care physicians caring for children with autism using CAM treatments. (2009-03-12)

ACP expresses support for key policies of Affordable Health Care for America Act
The American College of Physicians today sent a letter to House leaders voicing the College's support for key policies in the Affordable Health Care for America Act. (2009-11-02)

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