American Academy of Family Physicians

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FDA eyes opioids in kids' medicinesAn FDA committee will review prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine to treat coughs in children.
Acute otitis media warrants 10 days of antibioticsEar infections remain a top reason for parents to bring their children to the pediatrician—and the top reason for antibiotic prescriptions among pediatric patients. Diagnosis and treatment methods vary, but a new study reveals that a 10-day course of treatment with antibiotics in cases of acute otitis media (AOM) may be the gold standard.
Why acute otitis media prevalence is decreasingResearchers say efforts to improve breastfeeding and vaccination rates, and reduce infants’ exposure to cigarette smoke are paying off—with acute otitis media prevalence reduced by more than 50% in some age groups.
ADHD: What groups are seeing a diagnosis increase?What has traditionally been a condition most prevalent among school-aged, white males is increasing among all demographic groups, including females, according to a new report.
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Acute otitis media: Update 2015In May 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joined with the American Academy of Family Physicians to publish a clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of acute otitis media (AOM). In 2013, the AAP revised the guideline with important changes presented in this review.
The future of family medicineThe healthcare landscape is shifting rapidly, and for family physicians, that change is placing increased importance on their role within the system.
More vets seek care with private physicians, but reimbursements below Medicare ratesVeterans can now be referred to non-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care physicians (PCPs) to lessen wait times, but there might be pushback because reimbursement may be below standard Medicare rates.
AAFP expert panel: Advice for family physiciansThree experts offer advice during the 2013 American Academy of Family Physician annual conference in San Diego, California.
Curing the prior authorization headacheGetting upfront approvals for some procedures and prescriptions is an unavoidable fact of life for most primary care doctors, but they can take steps to minimize the cost and hassles involved.