Monthly Archives: November 2016

Family medicine question and answers 2

What is the most effective duration of nicotine replacement?  (This study was conducted only in patients also receiving extensive telephone counseling on tobacco cessation.)  8 weeks.  Beyond 2 months, continued nicotine replacement did not help with stopping-smoking rates. What helps … Continue reading

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Medical school knowledge…

Most of the medical school information that I learned 25 years ago is now known to be false.  I recently read a quote that medical “tradition is no longer the bedrock of (good)  practice.”  Oh, that is so true. We physicians … Continue reading

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Family medicine question and answers…

Do sterile gloves decrease wound infection rates (compared to clean nonsterile gloves) when minor skin surgery is done?  No.  Sterile and nonsterile gloves yield a comparable number of skin infections.  So, if your doctor wears clean nonsterile gloves while taking … Continue reading

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Family medicine may be getting a shot in the arm!

Family medicine draws more interest among medical students than any other subspecialty.  12% of medical students plan to pursue family medicine specialization after medical school graduation.  Hooray! Said in another way, only 5% of medical students rated their family medicine … Continue reading

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