Inflammatory markers: offering a closer look at cardiovascular risk

It’s an all-too familiar story: you learn that your patient was brought to the emergency department with symptoms of heart attack—the same patient who recently had normal cholesterol and triglyceride results at the time of their annual wellness visit. Could this heart attack have been prevented with additional testing?

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Help prevent cervical cancer with the right screening at the right time

Once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., cervical cancer is now the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent—due to regular screening.1 In the last 40 years, routine Pap smears have helped to significantly reduce the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths in the U.S.2

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Is it the flu or RSV? Help your patients understand the difference

With flu season now upon us, it falls to primary care providers to educate patients on the importance of vaccination. This is especially vital, as fewer than half of all adults and children get the flu vaccine each year.1

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Prevent diabetes patients from slipping through the cracks

Getting diabetes patients to follow their treatment plans to the letter can be challenging, as evidenced by the high rate of nonadherence for chronic conditions overall. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of all medications for chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus are not taken as prescribed.1

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Provide care beyond your office setting to the patients who need it most

Fueled by a growing aging population, sedentary lifestyles, changing diets, and increasing obesity levels, chronic diseases are on the rise.1

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Drug misuse: is there something your patient isn’t telling you?

Your patient, a 56-year-old male, has come to see you complaining of lower back pain. It’s been 4 months since you prescribed hydromorphone for his pain, and up until now follow-up has been very positive: he has reported pain relief at each required monthly checkup. Now he’s back prematurely, 2 weeks before his next scheduled monthly visit.

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Get a better grip on rheumatoid arthritis

You enter the exam room and greet your patient, a 38-year-old mother of three, including a 1-year-old boy she has with her today. She’s asked to see you because she’s been experiencing pain and tenderness in her wrist joints for several months. She had rationalized the pain by attributing it to toting her baby around and “approaching 40,” but her husband urged her to have it checked out.

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Share this article, and see more flu vaccinations this season

Fewer than half of all adults and children get the flu vaccine each year.1 You’ve heard the reasons: “I never get the flu, I’ve heard you can get the flu from the vaccine,” and so on. This year, try having the article below available in your waiting room. It clears up some common misunderstandings about the flu and could convince more patients to get vaccinated. Click here to print the patient handout.

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5 tips to make your EHR work harder for you

According to Medscape, more than four out of five physicians use an EHR. As the healthcare environment moves from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, it’s more important than ever for practices to make full use of their EHRs in support of improved patient care and outcomes as well as reimbursements. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your EHR is working hard for you, your patients, and your practice.

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