The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized its statement on the use of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) last week, polarizing the medical community like a partisan bill on the Senate floor.

The USPSTF based its recommendation on 23 clinical trials and three observational studies that assessed the head-to-head use of a statin with either placebo or no statin on CVD risk. True to brand, the task force erred on the side of caution and recommended a conservative approach.

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Mental health illness is rising exponentially in the US, and the opportunity for caring for patients is falling into the hands of primary care clinicians. This post covers the changing statistics and reasons for the rise in mental health problems, how psychiatrists and psychologists cannot meet patient care demands alone, and how primary care clinicians can help ease mental health illness in the US.

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The World Health Organization’s 2020 recommendations for adult physical activity are clear: engage in ≥150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. But does it matter how the minutes are divvied up? According to a new study, nope.

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Here comes the sun (DO-do-do-do). Fourth of July weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and serves as a reminder to counsel patients on the importance of applying sunscreen. But before you do, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) wants you to check out its 16th Annual Guide to Sunscreens , based on the group’s appraisal of 1,850 products advertising sun protection.

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In May 2022, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE), co-sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), released the first guidelines on the diagnosis and management of NAFLD aimed at primary care clinicians and endocrinologists. This article highlights the first-ever AACE guidelines on NAFLD and how primary care clinicians can diagnose, manage, and treat this condition.

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To help you stay informed as a busy clinician, Pri-Med offers free online pharmacology CME/CE courses that you complete on your own time to keep you abreast of the best practices and latest evidence on pharmacologic agents. Complete these educational opportunities through online courses and boost your pharmacology confidence.

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Don your bomber jacket and aviator shades for this one. The news out of the AACE’s (American Association of Clinical Endocrinology) annual meeting last month was as welcome and long overdue as the Top Gun sequel. The AACE unveiled the first guidelines for the diagnosis and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) for—wait for it—primary care providers (PCPs) and endocrinologists. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

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Some things we didn’t see coming: the Red Wedding, Tide PODS as a snack, a face slap at the Academy Awards, and certainly not bad press for metformin. This go-to medication has boasted an efficacy and safety profile that are the envy of most drugs, but a new study cautions against its use in would-be fathers.

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To help keep you up-to-date on urgent care trends and best practices, Pri-Med offers free online urgent care CME/CE that can be completed on your own time and even during shift work. We have chosen the five best and most diverse urgent care CME/CE courses for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and physicians for 2022.

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We help physician assistants (PA) like you to access educational activities that offer insight into the latest developments and quality standards in a wide variety of clinical environments. As a convenience to you, Pri-Med offers free online CME that can be completed on your schedule and even during short work breaks.

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