Author: Bonnie

Historically, liver disease has been associated with alcohol use. However, two different diseases (alcohol-related liver disease [ALD] and nonalcohol-related fatty liver disease [NAFLD]) have similar pathological effects on the liver, ranging from simple liver inflammation to chronic cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Alcohol-related and nonalcohol-related fatty liver disease cause serious problems worldwide, but risk factors associated with the disorders, predictors of outcomes, and treatments on the horizon can differ. Therefore, the primary care clinician must understand the differences between these two entities.

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The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here, and we’ll soon have our fill of turkey, pumpkin pie, and contentious conversations with extended family. When a generous serving of politics and religion heats up the dining room, you can throw another log on the fire with this hot topic: does antihypertensive medication work better when taken in the morning or in the evening?

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Pri-Med offers free online CME/CE that can be completed on your schedule and even during short work breaks. We encourage you to visit the site to learn more about the solutions to burnout. In addition, listen to this podcast on self-care methods to help healthcare workers combat burnout, and tune into this webcast that discusses ways to improve healthcare provider distress at multiple levels.

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Fall is here! And that means Big Pumpkin will take hold of every consumable product, Bill Belichick will rip into another batch of perfectly good hoodies, and viral respiratory infections will infiltrate half your patient panel. If you had a nickel for every patient who presented with a cold—well, you and the collective medical community would have $5.5 million/year (110 million annual visits). Now, if only you had a nickel for every antibiotic request …

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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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