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1.  PURLs: Prescribing statins for patients with ACS? No need to wait 
The Journal of Family Practice  2014;63(12):735-738.
The best time to start a statin in patients with acute coronary syndrome is before they undergo percutaneous coronary intervention.
PMCID: PMC4294411  PMID: 25486310
2.  PURLs: A simple way to reduce catheter-associated UTIs  
The Journal of Family Practice  2014;63(5):E10-E12.
The administration of a prophylactic antibiotic when a surgical patient's urinary catheter is removed can cut the rate of urinary tract infections in half.
PMCID: PMC4043103  PMID: 24795913
3.  PURLs: It's time to use an age-based approach to D-dimer 
The Journal of Family Practice  2014;63(3):155-158.
An age-adjusted D-dimer cutoff—rather than the conventional 500 mcg/L value—is a better way to rule out VTE in patients over 50.
PMCID: PMC4042909  PMID: 24701602
4.  PURLs: Ramipril for claudication? 
The Journal of Family Practice  2013;62(10):579-580.
This ACE inhibitor can help patients with peripheral artery disease walk longer while remaining pain free.
PMCID: PMC3891942  PMID: 24143348
5.  Trauma care—don’t delay with TXA 
The Journal of Family Practice  2013;62(5):E4-E6.
Tranexamic acid can significantly reduce the risk of death due to bleeding if it is administered early on in trauma treatment.
PMCID: PMC3646726  PMID: 23691542
6.  An alternative to warfarin for patients with PE 
The Journal of Family Practice  2012;61(12):751-752.
Rivaroxaban appears to be as safe and effective as warfarin, without the need for lab monitoring.
PMCID: PMC3601685  PMID: 23313993
7.  DEXA screening—are we doing too much? 
The Journal of Family Practice  2012;61(9):555-556.
For many postmenopausal women, screening for osteoporosis can be done much less frequently.
PMCID: PMC3601689  PMID: 23000664
8.  Pulse oximetry for newborns: Should it be routine? 
The Journal of Family Practice  2012;61(5):283-286.
All newborns should be screened with pulse oximetry prior to discharge; it increases detection of congenital heart defects.
PMCID: PMC3343724  PMID: 22577631
9.  Counseling is a must with this smoking cessation aid 
The Journal of Family Practice  2012;61(3):156-176.
For many smokers, the benefits of quitting will outweigh the risks associated with varenicline.
PMCID: PMC3297364  PMID: 22393555
10.  Offer this contraceptive to breastfeeding new moms 
The Journal of Family Practice  2011;60(12):744-746.
Early insertion of the etonogestrel implant does not affect lactogenesis, and fosters contraceptive compliance.
PMCID: PMC3273969  PMID: 22163358
11.  Ear wax removal: Help patients help themselves 
The Journal of Family Practice  2011;60(11):671-673.
Do-it-yourself ear wax removal is safe and simple—and a timesaver for patients as well as physicians.
PMCID: PMC3273968  PMID: 22049350
12.  Arthritis pain? These supplements provide little relief 
The Journal of Family Practice  2011;60(10):610-612.
Taken alone or together, these 2 supplements don’t relieve the pain of hip or knee osteoarthritis.
PMCID: PMC3273923  PMID: 21977488
13.  Is your patient still using rosiglitazone? 
The Journal of Family Practice  2011;60(5):282-284.
Many doctors stopped prescribing rosiglitazone in 2007, when a study linked it to an elevated MI risk. An update to that study underscores the need to switch patients still taking it to another drug.
PMCID: PMC3183962  PMID: 21544275
14.  Screen teens for depression—it’s quicker than you think 
The Journal of Family Practice  2010;59(11):643-644.
A 2-question tool can achieve reasonably accurate results, and takes minimal time or training.
PMCID: PMC3183934  PMID: 21060902
15.  A-fib and rate control: Don’t go too low 
The Journal of Family Practice  2010;59(8):434-436.
For patients with atrial fibrillation, more relaxed heart rate control is as effective as stricter control—with fewer adverse effects.
PMCID: PMC3183942  PMID: 20714452
16.  Fracture pain relief for kids? Ibuprofen does it better 
The Journal of Family Practice  2010;59(5):273-275.
This OTC analgesic is as effective as acetaminophen with codeine and better tolerated, a new study of children with arm fractures shows.
PMCID: PMC3183939  PMID: 20544047
17.  Start a statin prior to vascular surgery 
The Journal of Family Practice  2010;59(2):108-110.
Rather than increasing cardiac complications, as previously feared, the perioperative use of statins appears to lower the risk.
PMCID: PMC3183936  PMID: 20141725
18.  Vertebroplasty for osteoporotic fracture? Think twice 
The Journal of Family Practice  2009;58(12):654-656.
Two new studies suggest that this widely used procedure should be used less often—and more cautiously.
PMCID: PMC3183921  PMID: 19961819
19.  Bisphosphonate therapy: When not to monitor BMD 
The Journal of Family Practice  2009;58(11):594-596.
Monitoring bone density within the first 3 years of therapy does not provide useful information—and it is costly besides.
PMCID: PMC3183920  PMID: 19891937
20.  ACE inhibitors and ARBs: One or the other—not both—for high-risk patients 
The Journal of Family Practice  2009;58(1):24-27.
The combination of an ACE inhibitor and an ARB reduces proteinuria, but leads to worse renal outcomes
PMCID: PMC3183919  PMID: 19141267
21.  Sequential therapy boosts H pylori eradication rates 
The Journal of Family Practice  2008;57(10):651-654.
Antibiotics in sequence is a more formidable ally than the standard treatment regimen
PMCID: PMC3183839  PMID: 18842189
22.  Help smokers quit: Tell them their “lung age” 
The Journal of Family Practice  2008;57(9):584-586.
A clever twist on presenting spirometry results can boost smoking cessation rates
PMCID: PMC3183917  PMID: 18786330
23.  Hypertension With Metabolic Syndrome: Think thiazides are old hat? ALLHAT says think again 
The Journal of Family Practice  2008;57(5):306-310.
Outcomes support chlorthalidone despite its metabolic profile
PMCID: PMC3183863  PMID: 18460295
24.  Drugs help pass more ureteral stones 
The Journal of Family Practice  2008;57(4):224-227.
Evidence supports use of tamsulosin, nifedipine
PMCID: PMC3183891  PMID: 18394353

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