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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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How and when to take a pregnancy test

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Whether used at home or in a doctor's office, find out what pregnancy tests are available, how to use them accurately, and what the results mean.



Stage 3 lung cancer: Symptoms, treatment, and outlook

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In this article, we take a close look at advanced lung cancer. Learn about how it is classified, as well as how we might increase early detection.



New tool accurately predicts risk of chronic disease

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a new clinical tool that combines blood tests with age to predict the risk of chronic illness among primary care patients.



Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: A heroine for women

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Dr. Blackwell overcame many obstacles to become the first female doctor in America. We look at how her achievements led the way for women in medicine.



Pharmacists with greater role in care prevent repeat hospital visits

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pharmacists given an expanded role in patient oversight can reduce the likelihood of high-risk patients returning to the hospital, according to a new study that underscores a potential cost-saving...



Encouragement to consult GPs for memory concerns did not ensure earlier dementia diagnosis

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Encouraging patients with potential memory deficits to seek early advice from a general practitioner (GP) empowered more of them to consult their GP, but GPs did not change their behavior and refer...



HIV swollen lymph nodes: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is the link between HIV and swollen lymph nodes, and when should a doctor be consulted? What may be other early symptoms and complications of HIV?



Parental concerns about sexual activity declining as reason not vaccinating children against HPV: Physicians need to discuss benefits of vaccine

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Concern about sexual activity is declining as a reason parents do not get their daughters the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a research study presented at the Society of...



"Stepping Up" model of care improves uptake of type 2 diabetes treatment

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The model has important implications across health systems globally, say researchers.



Time for physicians to prepare for impending appropriate use mandate

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Within a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a provision in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) that requires physicians to consult appropriate use...



Preventing and treating smoking in children and youth

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A first-ever guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care on tobacco use by children and youth aged 5 to 18 years recommends that physicians should play a more active role in...



Concerns over inconsistent palliative care provision across England

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Palliative and end-of-life care are not being considered as core services by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in some parts of England, with a vast degree of variation across different services...



New research shows primary care physicians can help detect more skin cancer at an earlier stage

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research at UPMC suggests that if full body skin cancer screenings became a part of routine annual primary care visits, significantly more skin cancers would be discovered and at earlier stages.



Digital toolkit aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has endorsed a new online toolkit developed by researchers at Keele University, which aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly that...



Discovery could help doctors to spot cardiovascular disease at an earlier stage

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Screening methods for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes could be improved by measuring different biological signposts to those currently being tested, a new study led by...



Preeclampsia raises risk of heart disease, heart failure

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new meta-analysis shows women who had preeclampsia during pregnancy find themselves at a significantly higher risk of heart disease later in life.



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

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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.