Improving smoking cessation counseling and blood pressure quality metrics in primary care

In order to make meaningful gains in cardiovascular disease care, primary care medical practices should adopt a set of care improvements specific to their practice size and type, according to a new study from the national primary care quality improvement initiative EvidenceNOW. High blood pressure and smoking are among the biggest risk factors associated with…

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Multiple factors influence family physicians’ practice scope

Although new family medicine graduates intend to provide a broader scope of practice than their senior counterparts, individual family physicians’ scope of practice has been decreasing, with fewer family physicians providing basic primary care services, such pediatric and prenatal care. Russell et al conducted a study to explore family medicine graduates’ attitudes and perspectives on…

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Pregnant women hospitalized for COVID-19 infection do not face increased risk of death

Pregnant women who develop severe COVID-19 infections that require hospitalization for pneumonia and other complications may not be more likely to die from these infections than non-pregnant women. In fact, they may have significantly lower death rates than their non-pregnant counterparts. That is the finding of a new study published today in the Annals of…

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Think Outside the Banana. Eat the Peel.

In November, the British cookbook author and food personality Nigella Lawson shocked her nation when she demonstrated a recipe from her latest cookbook, “Cook, Eat, Repeat,” on her BBC television show of the same name. It wasn’t Royal Family-level scandalous. Still, based on public reaction, you’d think she’d caused a major controversy. And all because…

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