Metabolic syndrome's prevalence has rapidly advanced in just the past decade. But medical societies don't recommend treating it as a distinct entity. They'd rather that physicians address the individual components of the illness, and encourage lifestyle modifications as the primary way to achieve such a goal.
Embedding mental health professionals directly into a primary care setting threatens to add complexity to primary care's already hefty 'to do" list. Clinics that have accomplished that task explain how not only was it easier than expected, but it adds tremendous benefits to the practice.
Home measurement of high blood pressure overcomes variability inherent in office measurements, delivers better assessment of systolic pressure (and hence, of possible cardiovascular events) and offers a better chance of discontinuing drug therapy.
A VA center reduced uncontrolled hypertension rates by implementing group visits. The program allowed physicians to titrate medicine to efficacy, and then motivated patients to remain involved and compliant with therapy.
Recalls, warnings, and approvals
ACP's chapters form the core of member involvement with the organization, as well as offer benefits in networking, learning and managing.
Critics have unfairly attacked health care reform. But proponents haven't been straightforward about its costs. The truth involves how resources get allocated.
The new code set is much larger and will impact not only office staff but vendors. It's now time to start preparing for the transition, which is closer than you think.
New offerings at ACP's annual meeting will include learning how to use portable ultrasound technology, the anatomy behind and diagnoses of common orthopedic complains, and an expanded neurological course including headache, dizziness and stroke.
A 37-year-old man is evaluated for a 4-month history of progressively worsening red, scaly lesions involving the scalp, trunk, and extremities. During the past month, he also has had pain in the hands and feet and has lost 4.5 kg (10.0 lb). Aspirin and acetaminophen have helped to relieve his joint symptoms. He does not drink alcoholic beverages, has no other medical problems, and takes no additional medications. He denies allergies. He has sex with men and women and uses condoms inconsistently. What diagnostic studies should be performed next in this patient?