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Edward Lebovics, Richard Torres, Lucinda K Porter
Enormous progress has been made in recent years toward effectively treating and curing patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC). However, at least half of the possible 7 million individuals infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the US remain undiagnosed. The formidable task of increasing the number of patients diagnosed, and subsequently linked to appropriate care has fallen to primary care clinicians, who are mandated by some US States to offer screening to individuals born between 1945 and 1965 (the Baby Boomer Generation)...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
Alyson Myers, Madhukar H Trivedi
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans of all ages. Presence of a chronic medical illness (e.g. Diabetes mellitus) increases the risk of suicide. The goal of this review is to examine the relationship between diabetes and depression, as well as diabetes and suicide. Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Task Force (USPTF) escalated their recommendation for depression to include not only routine screening for depression but additional focus on active follow up that requires measurement based care...
October 5, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
Andrew T Chan, Uri Ladabaum
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January 2016: Gastroenterology
Alex H Krist, Linda J Baumann, Jodi Summers Holtrop, Melanie R Wasserman, Kurt C Stange, Meghan Woo
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recognizes that behaviors have a major impact on health and well-being. Currently, the USPSTF has 11 behavioral counseling intervention (BCI) recommendations. These BCIs can be delivered in a primary care setting or patients can be referred to other clinical or community programs. Unfortunately, many recommended BCIs are infrequently and ineffectually delivered, suggesting that more evidence is needed to understand which BCIs are feasible and referable. In response, the USPSTF convened an expert forum in 2013 to inform the evaluation of BCI feasibility...
September 2015: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Dan J Raz, Rachel Dunham, Brian Tiep, Argelia Sandoval, Frederic Grannis, Arnold Rotter, Jae Y Kim
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer screening (LCS) with low-dose-radiation (low-dose computed tomography [LDCT]) saves lives. Despite recent US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) draft endorsement of LCS, a minority of eligible patients get screened. Meaningful use is a set of standards for electronic health records (EHR) established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and includes reporting of smoking status. We sought to improve rates of LCS among patients treated at our institution by identifying eligible patients using augmented smoking-related meaningful use criteria...
September 2014: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Sameer Aggarwal, Nityanand
Calcium and Vitamin D are widely used therapies for Osteoporosis. Vitamin D is not a vitamin in true sense since it is produced in response to the action of sunlight on skin. Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, not all of them well-understood. Vitamin D supplementation must be considered a form of hormone replacement therapy. Therefore it raises all the questions about efficacy, dose, and side effects. The Efficacy of use of Calcium and Vitamin D in all post menopausal women in terms of the prevention of fracture is uncertain...
December 2013: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is aimed at expanding access to health care and lowering cost barriers to seeking and receiving care, particularly high-value preventive care. The legislation requires Medicare and all qualified commercial health plans (except grandfathered individual and employer-sponsored plans) to cover routine preventive services graded A and B by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) at no cost to the consumer, along with recommended immunizations and additional preventive care and screenings for women...
October 7, 2011: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Hanan Farghaly, Danyel Bourgeois, Patricia M Houser, Vijaylakshmi Padmanabhan, Janice M Lage, Rana S Hoda
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) has recommended that routine vaginal Pap (V-Pap) screening is unnecessary for women status-post (S/P) total hysterectomy (T-Hyst) for benign disease (Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins; 1996. p 105-118). However, many US women continue to have V-Pap despite no risk for cervical cancer and minimal risk for primary vaginal cancer (JAMA 2004;291:2990). Herein, we report our experience with such patients. Computerized data of patients S/P T-Hyst for benign conditions over a 6-yr-period were retrospectively evaluated...
September 2006: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Paul D Miller
New diagnostic and therapeutic options in postmenopausal osteoporosis have emerged in the last decade. Since all untreated postmenopausal women will exhibit a reduction in bone mineral density (BMD), the clinician's task is to identify those at a degree of risk that justifies intervention, and then supply appropriate therapy and monitoring. Various professional organizations and independent studies have furnished guidelines on when and whom to treat. But uncertainty still exists as to even such basic matters as when to measure BMD...
November 2003: International Journal of Fertility and Women's Medicine
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