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Primary care is the day-to-day health care given by a health care provider. Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety



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Patients wait four months before seeking cancer diagnosis

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Patients wait an average of four months before seeking a cancer diagnosis, researchers report at the ESMO Asia 2016 Congress in Singapore.



Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Developing a broader skill of empathy is a more realistic goal for medical students and doctors than urging them to be more compassionate.



Study: Hospital nutrition program shortens patient stays and reduces readmissions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

While proper nutrition is vital to staying healthy, its importance becomes more critical for patients recovering in the hospital.



Research finds that older people's sexual problems are being dismissed

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Older people's sexual activity problems and desires are being dismissed by health practitioners due to their age, a new study has suggested.



New research suggests doctors' burnout should be treated as organisation-wide problem

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Current approaches to dealing with burnouts in doctors on an individual case-by-case basis is not effective and the issue should instead be tackled with organisation-wide initiatives, according to...



Prescribing antibiotics, narcotics, and opioids is common but little benefit for patients

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) found that overuse of antibiotics, aggressive non-palliative treatment in patients with limited life expectancy, treatment of chronic pain, and...



App launched to help doctors assess risk of lung cancer in people with lung nodules

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new smartphone app1 has been launched to help guide doctors on the next steps for patients who have small masses of tissue in their lungs - known as pulmonary nodules.



Women with dementia receive less medical attention

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, new UCL research reveals.



RCGP response to NICE guidelines on HIV testing

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Dr Philippa Matthews, Clinical Lead for HIV, sexual and reproductive health for the Royal College of GPs, said: "Treatments for HIV now ensure that it is possible to live a long and healthy life...



Electronic prescribing of high risk medications may be contributing to falls in elderly patients

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Certain medications are considered high risk in elders. In a recent study of 287 individuals ≥65 years who experienced a fall while hospitalized at an urban academic hospital, 62 percent of falls...






Study supports lower cut-off point for defining prediabetes

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

The health risks and mortality associated with prediabetes seem to increase at the lower cut-off point for blood sugar levels recommended by some guidelines, finds a large study published in The...



Hypertension and prehypertension underdiagnosed and undertreated in US children

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Hypertension and prehypertension in children often go undiagnosed, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.



Children's hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC report provides recommendations for improving management of children with medical complexity

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

Care of children with medical complexity who have significant chronic health problems resulting in extensive health care needs require an optimized framework with the medical home as the foundation...



Asian-Americans are at high risk for diabetes but rarely get screened

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Undiagnosed type 2 diabetes is almost three times as high for Asians in the US as for whites.



The war on drugs has failed and doctors should lead calls for change, says The BMJ

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

The enforcement of prohibition - a ban on the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes - causes huge harm, and doctors should lead calls for drug policy...



Many doctors still don't know facts about penicillin allergy

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

If you think you're allergic to penicillin, but have never been tested, ask for a referral to an allergist to confirm the allergy.



Can safety netting improve cancer detection in patients with vague symptoms?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

There is an assumption that following up people with symptoms which are low risk but no risk of cancer will improve cancer pick up.



Dementia diagnosis delayed by complex referral criteria

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Complex and time-consuming memory clinic referral criteria are contributing to delays in the diagnosis of dementia, according to a paper published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.



Nearly half of family physicians don't follow national guidelines for prediabetes screening

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The identification and treatment of prediabetes is one of the most effective ways to prevent patients from developing diabetes, but a new University of Florida study finds that only about half of...



One in six women diagnosed with breast cancer have a symptom other than a lump

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Around one in six women (17 per cent) diagnosed with breast cancer go to their doctor with a symptom other than a lump - the most commonly reported breast cancer symptom - according to new research...



Understanding cancer worries could break down barriers to seeking help

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Recognising the reasons people worry about a potential cancer diagnosis could help ease concern and encourage people with possible cancer symptoms to see their doctor earlier, according to research...



A race against time to diagnose deadly weight loss in cancer patients

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

About one third of cancer patients die because of cachexia - an involuntary weight loss, characterized primarily by muscle wasting and metabolic changes, which cannot be addressed or treated solely...



First cases of Candida auris reported in United States

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Drug-resistant fungal infection can spread in healthcare settings.Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C.



Telemedicine, in addition to clinical care, may help manage diabetes

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PST

Telemedicine, including text messaging and Web portals, may help patients with diabetes and their doctors manage blood sugar levels, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association...