SPRINT, ACCORD-BP, EMPA-REG: A Few Notes on BP Control in Diabetes
Which pivotal study offers the results to rely on when setting BP goals to reduce CV risk in your patients with type 2 diabetes?
Atrial Fibrillation: A Spot Quiz
Your atrial fibrillation spot quiz of the week -- take a minute and try these 3 short questions.
SPECIAL REPORT: Adult Vaccination Post-Test
Our month of weekly adult vaccination quizzes is complete. Take the comprehensive post-test and see what you've learned.
Primary Care of Stable Angina: Q & A
PCPs are effective in managing multiple risk factors at a single visit--just what the doctor ordered for the patient with angina.
Multidisciplinary Asthma Care: It Takes a Village
Effective asthma care requires attention to comorbidities, complications, and human characteristics of each patient. Speakers at CHEST 2015 described "the village."
Clinical Evolution in Asthma and COPD
New approaches discussed at CHEST 2015 ranged from the impact of bariatric surgery on asthma control to endobronchial valve placement in COPD.
Emerging Pharmacotherapy in COPD: Update from CHEST 2015
In a well-attended session at CHEST 2015 a number of promising new therapies for treating COPD were reviewed by study authors.
Safety of COPD Medications: Current Evidence
COPD is one of the primary lung diseases seen in primary care. A CHEST 2015 panel session reinforced that treatment is often a risk/benefit balance.
Consistent Asthma Control: One Patient at a Time
The best asthma care is not good enough if the patient is nonadherent. Applied "humanomics" as an approach to chronic care was discussed this week at CHEST 2015.
Primary Care Management of Multimorbidity: COPD, for Example
Exacerbations of COPD often complicate CV outcomes. Two studies presented at CHEST 2015 looked at ways to refine risk factors for CV decline.
Steroid-sparing Rx for Severe Asthma: What is In the Pipeline?
Severe refractory asthma resists conventional therapies, but a roster of new biologics, discussed at CHEST 2015 in Montreal, may soon offer relief.
FeNO: An Adjunct for Asthma Management in Primary Care?
Study results revealed at CHEST 2015 showed use of FeNO to assess inflammation led family physicians to change steroid dose in 50% of asthma patients.
Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome: Sharpen Suspicion in Primary Care
ACOS is often first suspected in the primary care setting. Experts at CHEST 2015 reviewed the syndrome, who is at risk, and treatment challenges.
Sleeping Bowel: A Wake-up Call for Opioid-induced Complications
During the course of pain management with opioids, the line between relief and complications may be thin. At ACG 2015, the problems and solutions were covered.
Clostridium Difficile – Not Just an In-hospital Infection
Nearly 1/3 of C. difficile cases are community-acquired, placing the infection squarely in the sights of primary care physicians. A review from ACG 2015, here.
The Differential for Abdominal Pain: Go Broad
At least one-fifth of patients with abdominal pain may present in atypical fashion. A session at ACG 2015 stressed how essential it is to keep a broad differential.
Managing Antithrombotic Risk in ACS Patients with History of GI Bleeding
From ACG 2015: Managing these complex patients requires a multidisciplinary approach--something like cardiogastroenterology.
Avoid the Colonoscopic Mulligan: How to Ensure an Optimal Cleanse
An update for primary care from ACG 2015 on the evolving recipe for the "ideal prep.”
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