Dementia and Guns:
When Should Doctors Address the Subject?
As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: “Do you have guns at home?” Health care providers across the country say they have not received enough guidance on whether, when and how to counsel families on gun safety.
The guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology’s advice on treating dementia patients suggest doctors consider asking about “access to firearms or other weapons” during a safety screen — but they don’t say what to do if a patient does have guns. In response to this guideline void, the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis developed a toolkit called What You Can Do, offering health professionals guidance on how to reduce the risk of gun violence.
Selfitis: The Obsessive Taking of Selfies
With family physicians on the front line of assessing causes of anxiety, depression and harmful behavior in their patients, the emergence of quantifying selfitis and associated risk-taking behavior is worth a quick educational review of current research.
A 2018 study in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction empirically explored the concept and collected data on the existence of selfitis with respect to the three alleged levels (borderline, acute and chronic) and developed the Selfitis Behavior Scale (SBS). The findings demonstrate that the SBS appears to be a reliable and valid instrument for assessing selfitis but that confirmatory studies are needed to validate the concept more rigorously.
Free Yourself from Chronic Pain and Sports Injuries
Based on the latest research, Free Yourself from Chronic Pain and Sports Injuries, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Donna Alderman, covers the basics of prolotherapy regenerative medicine, fundamentals of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell-rich therapies, techniques, medical evidence for effectiveness, and real-life success stories.
AACOFP Student Awards: Apply Now
Take a quick minute to encourage an osteopathic medical student to submit an application and offer to provide their letter of recommendation. Students have the opportunity to win up to $5,000 dollars in award funding. Completed award applications for 2019 AACOFP Student Awards are due November 15, 2018.
Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Award ($1,000)
Emerging Osteopathic Leader Award ($2,500)
Marie Wiseman Outstanding Osteopathic Student Award ($5,000)
Shout Out to 2018 Auxiliary Sponsors
ACOFP thanks the following sponsors of AACOFP. Their generous donations enable the Auxiliary to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians to support those just starting out in family medicine by donating funds for such projects as the student awards. You can join in the cause by becoming an AACOFP sponsor today.