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Friday May 19, 2017

Spread the Word: Family Medicine Is the Solution

The AAFP hopes to reach 1 million people with the message that family physicians help patients not only get healthy, but stay healthy. ZDogg, M.D., is lending a hand, and so can you.

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Friday May 12, 2017

Olympian's Tale Highlights Need to Remove Stigma of Depression

One in 20 Americans age 12 or older has depression. The AAFP has resources that can help physicians and their patients who struggle with this condition.

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Monday May 08, 2017

Free Clinics Need Our Help to Heal Patients, Communities

Leonard Reeves, M.D., shares a patient story that illustrates the powerful impact free clinics can have for those in dire need of help.

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Friday Apr 28, 2017

AAFP Responds to '13 Reasons Why' With Mental Health Resources

Mental health experts are concerned that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why glamorizes teen suicide. The AAFP has resources that can help physicians and patients.

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Monday Apr 24, 2017

Leaning on My Community for Resilience and Recovery

In the aftermath of two terrible local accidents, resident Stewart Decker, M.D., reflects on the importance of resilience and community.

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Monday Apr 17, 2017

Finding Purple: Creating Nonpartisan Paths to Advance Primary Care

Lynne Lillie, M.D., writes that family physicians are uniquely positioned to find a path through polarized politics that can lead to a solution to our health care crisis. 

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Monday Apr 10, 2017

FPs Answer Call in Times of Need -- No Matter Where

Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., was far from home and ill. Another FP dropped everything to help him -- just as you'd expect from a family physician.

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Tuesday Apr 04, 2017

Not Blowing Smoke: FPs Can Make a Difference on Tobacco

Several states are considering legislation that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Mott Blair, M.D., says there's room for family physicians to work on this and other issues to improve the health of their patients and communities.

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Tuesday Mar 28, 2017

Two Common-sense Interventions Could Prevent Gun-related Deaths

Gun control is controversial. Stewart Decker, M.D., writes that two specific interventions to prevent gun-related violence shouldn't be. 

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Thursday Mar 16, 2017

Take a Deep Breath, Relax and Trust the Magic of the Match

Match Day is finally upon us. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers four thoughts for students to ponder as they await their results.

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Monday Mar 13, 2017

Help Students Cut Through the Bull: FPs Are in Demand

Subspecialists in academia have tried to steer students away from primary care for decades. John Cullen, M.D., writes that physician educators need new material because the demand for family medicine isn't going away.

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Friday Mar 03, 2017

Physicians Must Refute 'Alternative Facts' About Vaccines

Mott Blair, M.D., recalls an era when people literally lined up for a life-saving vaccine. Now, he says, too many people are denying the science behind immunizations.

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Monday Feb 27, 2017

ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention

Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says "many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor."

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Monday Feb 20, 2017

Better Cancer Care Demands That FPs, Oncologists Work Together

AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reports from a cancer symposium that communication between primary care physicians and oncologists is critical for patients' welfare.

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Friday Feb 10, 2017

Attention, Students: Six Thoughts Before Submitting Your Rank Order List

Rank order lists are due soon for those participating in the National Resident Matching Program. Stewart Decker, M.D., offers a few tips for students still pondering their options.

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