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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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Chest pain: New tool helps doctors decide when tests are needed

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

A two year follow-up on a study involving more than 10,000 people with stable chest pain finds that an online tool can accurately predict which patients are likely to have normal non-invasive tests...

Many GPs are ill-informed and unsupportive when tackling Britain's leading cause of blindness, new research reveals

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research published in the BMJ Open has found that patients experiencing degenerative eye disease are not receiving the information and support needed to manage, understand and treat their...

Concerns over wasting doctor's time may affect decision to see GP

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Worries over wasting their doctor's time, particularly at a time when NHS resources are stretched, may influence when and whether patients choose to see their GP, according to a study carried out...

Seeing the same GP associated with fewer hospital admissions

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Continuity could be a key line of defence against rising hospital admissions.

Most primary care doctors 'strongly endorse' key elements of the Affordable Care Act

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act, including President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, have argued that the law places an undue burden on...

UK health system not fit for people with dementia and other chronic conditions

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The UK's current health and social care system isn't fit for purpose when it comes to caring for people living with dementia (PLWD) who also have other illnesses and chronic conditions.

New guidelines raise upper hypertension limit for 'otherwise healthy' over-60s

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

New guidelines say treat otherwise healthy patients aged 60 and older when persistent systolic blood pressure is at or above 150 mm Hg, not 140 mm Hg.

Boston experts release new international guidelines for thyroid disease in pregnancy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Thyroid disease is a common and frequently dangerous clinical problem during pregnancy.

Primary care physician involvement at end of life associated with less costly, less intensive care

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Regions of the country with greater primary care physician involvement in the last six months of life appear to have lower-intensity, lower-cost end-of-life care. The research by Claire K.

Fixing overuse and underuse of medical care can improve health and save money

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Launched by The Lancet, the 'Right Care Series' features major commentaries by Vikas Saini (Lown Institute, Boston), Adam Elshaug (University of Sydney), Paul Glasziou (Bond University), Don...

Out in the cold: Why are the oldest people the most excluded?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

People over the age of 85 are significantly more likely to suffer social exclusion than those in the 65 to 84-year-old bracket, according to new research.

American College of Physicians updates recommendations for treatment of type 2 diabetes

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

Newer oral medications are now available since ACP's 2012 clinical practice guideline.

Routine drug screening should be part of primary care settings, UCLA study recommends

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

A few minutes of counseling could steer people away from risky drug use.The misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs is so prevalent in Tijuana and East Los Angeles that community clinics...

Sharp fall in GP visits for acute gastroenteritis after rotavirus vaccination introduction

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

The study, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with Public Health England, found that the fall in visits was biggest among young children (the age group that receives the...

Dr. Mom: How do female doctors balance family during holidays?

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

To help get into the festive spirit, MNT have spoken with two female physicians about the challenges and rewards of working during the holidays.

Medical News Today: 2016 GP year in review

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Has the general practitioner's practice been better, worse, or about the same over the past year? MNT report on our top stories of 2016 for GPs.

Medical News Today: 2016 cardiology year in review

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

In cardiology, CVD prevention remains a key area of study, but what new insights have we gained in 2016 from research findings? MNT investigate.

Gender gap in medicine remains in the spotlight in 2016

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

Medical News Today reflect on some of the gender gap articles in research, work-life balance, and pay for physicians that have been reported in 2016.

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.