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  • More isn’t better with acute low back pain treatment 

    Frazer, Kevin; Stevermer, James (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-06)
    More isn’t better with acute low back pain treatment Adding cyclobenzaprine or oxycodone/acetaminophen to naproxen for the treatment of acute low back pain does nothing more than increase adverse effects. Practice changer: ...
  • Light therapy for nonseasonal major depressive disorder? 

    Eniola, Kehinde; Bacigalupo, Angela; Mounsey, Anne (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-07)
    Light therapy for nonseasonal major depressive disorder? While bright light therapy already has a place in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder, a recent trial spotlights its utility beyond the winter months. ...
  • Should timing of induction change according to a woman’s age? 

    Larson, Maggie; Schrager, Sarina (2016-03)
    Should timing of induction change according to a woman's age? Bottom line: No. Evidence clearly shows an increase in stillbirth among women greater than 40 years with advancing gestational age, but no studies have assessed ...
  • Popeye’s new spinach: IV iron for heart failure patients with iron deficiency 

    Jarrett, Jennie B. (2016-02)
    Popeye's new spinach: IV iron for heart failure patients with iron deficiency: Bottom line: IV iron therapy increased 6MWT times and decreased hospitalizations due to worsening HF in patients with iron deficiencies. However, ...
  • Does nasal saline irrigation decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis when used as adjunctive therapy? 

    Milgram, Liya; Wiedmann, Margaret (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Does nasal saline irrigation decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis when used as adjunctive therapy? Evidence-Based Answer It appears likely, although the magnitude of any additional effect is unclear. Saline ...
  • Are statins effective for primary prevention of CVD? 

    Caratao, Makristy; Van Buskirk, John (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Are statins effective for primary prevention of CVD? Evidence-Based Answer Statin use is effective in lowering rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events (stroke and myocardial infarction [MI]) and all-cause mortality ...
  • Does bracing in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis reduce scoliosis progression or surgical intervention? 

    Lee, Won Woo (Chris); Miller, Deborah E. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Does bracing in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis reduce scoliosis progression or surgical intervention? Evidence-Based Answer Bracing patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) reduces curve progression (SOR: ...
  • Does continuous labor support decrease rates of cesarean and assisted vaginal delivery? 

    Conniff, James; Dresang, Lee (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Does continuous labor support decrease rates of cesarean and assisted vaginal delivery?: Bottom line Yes. Continuous labor support reduces cesarean and instrumented vaginal birth rates. Its effectiveness appears to be ...
  • What is the best test to screen for dementia in the primary care setting? 

    Woodbridge, Mark; Mott, Timothy (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    What is the best test to screen for dementia in the primary care setting? Evidence-Based Answer When considering both diagnostic accuracy and administration time, brief (taking less than or equal to 10 minutes) single and ...
  • Nasal balloon autoinflation for otitis media with effusion does not pass the sniff test 

    Lyon, Corey; Langner, Shannon (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Nasal balloon autoinflation for otitis media with effusion does not pass the sniff test: Bottom line: Nasal autoinflation is a simple and safe procedure, but having children perform it 3 times daily for 3 months may be a ...
  • Beers, beers, good for the heart? 

    Lyon, Corey (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Beers, beers, good for the heart? Bottom line: These outcomes are difficult to apply due to report bias (patients may misreport alcohol intake) and unidentified confounders. Varying levels of alcohol intake in countries ...
  • Which probiotic species or combinations of species are best for treating irritable bowel syndrome? 

    Adegoke, Olusola; Satre, Thomas (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Which probiotic species or combinations of species are best for treating irritable bowel syndrome? Evidence-Based Answer: Pooled together, probiotics improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms compared to placebo with ...
  • Is acupuncture an effective treatment for pelvic and lower back pain in pregnancy? 

    Weller, Susan C.; Jana, Kyu; Porterfield, Laura; Prado, Monica (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Is acupuncture an effective treatment for pelvic and lower back pain in pregnancy? Evidence-Based Answer: Acupuncture may reduce pelvic/low back pain in pregnant women (SOR: B, conflicting RCTs at variable risk of bias).
  • Editorial: Small bites 

    Neher, Jon O. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    The neuroscientists concluded that many associations reported in the neuroscience literature were probably overstated. They also concluded that neuroscience studies generally need to be bigger.
  • Is cytisine effective for smoking cessation? 

    Kirchhoff, Sarah; Morris, Laura (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Is cytisine effective for smoking cessation?: Bottom line: Cytisine is up to 3 times more effective than placebo for smoking abstinence (SOR: A, meta-analysis of RCTs) and noninferior to nicotine replacement therapy (SOR: ...
  • Is single-dose fosfomycin an effective treatment for uncomplicated UTIs? 

    Rhyne, Danielle N.; Saseen, Joseph J. (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Is single-dose fosfomycin an effective treatment for uncomplicated UTIs?: Evidence-Based Answer: Yes, single-dose fosfomycin is an effective treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) compared with more ...
  • How effective is circumcision in reducing recurrent UTIs in boys with prior UTI? 

    Alderson, Lauren; Shi, Chih-Wen (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    How effective is circumcision in reducing recurrent UTIs in boys with prior UTI? Evidence-Based Answer For boys with a history of urinary tract infection (UTI) or high-grade (grade 3 or higher) vesicoureteral reflux, ...
  • Does annual monofilament testing in patients with diabetes improve outcomes? 

    Schrock, Steve; Perrin, Bethany; Cavadini, Louis; Garman, Benjamin (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Does annual monofilament testing in patients with diabetes improve outcomes? Evidence-Based Answer The answer is unclear. A patient's inability to perceive monofilament testing is a positive predictor of increased likelihood ...
  • Is there a benefit from antiplatelet therapy for preeclampsia prophylaxis in patients at risk for developing preeclampsia? 

    Paik-Tesch, John; Schill, Theresa; Rughani, Ami (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Is there a benefit from antiplatelet therapy for preeclampsia prophylaxis in patients at risk for developing preeclampsia? Evidence-Based Answer The use of low-dose aspirin in the late first or early second trimester in ...
  • Should you use progesterone in a postmenopausal patient with a uterus on chronic vaginal estrogen? 

    Fitz-Gerald, Gwen; Lyon, Corey (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2016-05)
    Should you use progesterone in a postmenopausal patient with a uterus on chronic vaginal estrogen? Evidence-Based Answer No. Endometrial hyperplasia has been seen with vaginal estrogens of various types, but this condition ...

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