Primary Care

  • Hope and hype: Inside the push for wearable diabetes technology

    on April 2nd, 2018
    Want to make a billion dollars? Here’s a hot tip: Invent wearable technology that detects diabetes, measures glucose levels, and determines how much insulin is needed – all without the need for a single drop of blood. If you accept this mission, there’s a catch: You’ll have a whole bunch of [...]
  • Certifications, training to increase addiction medicine specialists

    on March 30th, 2018
    Two new workforce developments aim to increase the number of addiction medicine specialists and provide new training opportunities in the subspecialty. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recently certified its first formal wave of addiction medicine physicians, adding 1,200 specialists[...]
  • Why isn’t smart gun technology on Parkland activists’ agenda?

    on March 27th, 2018
    The evening before the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, I was hard at work on my sign. Making a statement is important, but at the Women’s March last January, I discovered that a sign was invaluable for keeping friends together in a crowd. Since my Women’s March sign read “Make America[...]
  • TB in 2017: Good news and bad news

    on March 27th, 2018
    FROM MMWR The rate and number of new tuberculosis cases in the United States for 2017 were the lowest since national surveillance started in 1953, but news on the TB elimination front is not so good, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those new lows – TB incidence of 2.8 [...]
  • Statin use is uniformly low in adults with dyslipidemia disorders

    on March 25th, 2018
    FROM CIRCULATION Only half of adults with familial hypercholesterolemia are currently on statin therapy, with even fewer receiving a high-intensity statin, according to an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. “We found that 0.47% of the adult U.S. population [...]
  • U.S. adults consumed 17.5 billion total binge drinks in 2015

    on March 23rd, 2018
    FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE A new study seeks to elucidate disparities in the binge drinking habits of U.S. adults. To its authors’ knowledge, the study by Dafna Kanny, PhD, and her coinvestigators is the first to assess total binge drinks consumed, in contrast with other stud[...]
  • Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis?

    on March 23rd, 2018
    As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the United States, patients and physicians are looking for less-addictive alternatives for pain control. For a growing number of U.S. patients, top among the contenders is kratom, a plant-based product that shows a dose-dependent opioidlike effect. For phys[...]
  • Putting IBD medication risks into perspective

    on March 22nd, 2018
    EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM GUILD 2018 MAUI, HAWAII (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Prolonged corticosteroid therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with a significantly increased mortality risk compared with anti–tumor necrosis factor therapy in a landmark study spotlighted by Edward V.[...]
  • Cannabis users at highest psychosis risk may elect to quit

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE Cannabis users who experience symptoms suggestive of psychosis are more likely to stop using the drug – or report wanting to stop – than are those who report more pleasurable experiences. This finding, published March 23 in Psychological Medicine , might help explain [...]
  • DPP-4 inhibitors increase IBD risk in diabetes

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM THE BMJ Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors are associated with a 75% increase in the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in individuals with type 2 diabetes, a study has found. Researchers reported the results of an observational cohort study of 141,170 patients with type 2 diabetes newly t[...]
  • Early family intervention tied to reduced AUDs in Mexican American youth

    on March 21st, 2018
    FROM JAMA PSYCHIATRY A family-focused middle school intervention can help reduce alcohol abuse and alcohol use disorders (AUD) in Mexican American adolescents who are at heightened risk for problem drinking, according to Nancy A. Gonzales, PhD, and her associates. The report was published March 21 i[...]
  • FDA wants data on role of flavored tobacco products in youth initiation

    on March 20th, 2018
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking data on the role that flavors, including menthol, in tobacco products play in the initiation, use, and cessation of tobacco products, with an emphasis on how flavoring impacts young people. “In the spirit of our commitment to preventing kids from using t[...]
  • Red meat intake linked to NAFLD risk

    on March 20th, 2018
    FROM JOURNAL OF HEPATOLOGY Higher dietary intake of red meat and processed meats such as salami may increase the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and insulin resistance, new research suggests. In a cross-sectional study, published in the March 20 edition of the Journal of Hepatology , resear[...]
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