Reach for Guideline-Recommended Antibiotics, Even in Severe CAP
October 11, 2013

Broad-spectrum antibiotics offer no advantage over guideline-recommended agents, even against severe community-acquired pneumonia.

HPV Vaccination: Impact of Culture and Language on Initiation, Completion
October 10, 2013

English- and Spanish-speaking parents cited widely differing reasons for avoiding vaccination for their eligible daughters or failing to ensure the 3 doses were received.

In Hospitalized HIV Patients, ID Consult Reduces Medication Errors
October 09, 2013

In hospitalized HIV patients, medication errors are common and can be mitigated by enlisting ID specialists.

New Bivalent Norovirus Vaccine is Safe and Effective
October 09, 2013

The norovirus vaccine, while not preventive of all disease, does significantly reduce the severity of symptoms.

Fecal Microbiome Transplant in Capsule Form
October 07, 2013

Clostridium difficile colitis can be cured by having patients swallow capsules brimming with other people’s concentrated stool. Inexpensive, effective, and readily available. This could be an enormous opportunity for primary care (if the FDA approves it).

Still Rx'ing Antibiotics for Bronchitis and Non–Group A Strep Sore Throat
October 07, 2013

This is an opportunity for primary care to help avert a public health catastrophe. Physicians need to take ownership over this issue and demand more time for URI patients-E&M criteria do not capture what is lost when these visits are viewed simply as “Level 2 Office Visit, CPT 99212.”

Primary Care Physicians Play Key Role in Promoting HPV Vaccine to Boys' Parents
October 05, 2013

Most parents of boys aged 9 to 18 years do not know that an HPV vaccine is available for their sons. One major factor is a lack of information. This is where you play a vital role.

Comprehensive STD Testing Improves Patient Outcomes
October 05, 2013

“STD organisms are all part of an ecological pool that simply share one thing in common: sex," says the author of a new study. Testing for all important STD pathogens is the only way to detect all agents that might be involved in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Details here.