AFP's Top 20 Articles of 2014

Did you miss any AFP articles published last year? Read the ones that were most popular with AFP readers, according to page views on the website, in 2014.  The following 20 articles are in order of most views.

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Gout

Find out how to diagnose gout using clinical criteria from the American College of Rheumatology, learn whether newer medications are more effective than older ones, and read about the latest evidence on dietary modifications and pharmacologic therapy for prevention of recurrent gout.
December 15, 2014

Diagnosis and Management of Tinea Infections

Learn how to differentiate tinea infections from other conditions, which diagnostic tests are most appropriate, and the treatment courses for the different types.
November 15, 2014

Urinalysis: Case Presentations for the Primary Care Physician

Learn which tests should be performed after obtaining abnormal urinalysis results in patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria, ureteral stents, or asymptomatic bacteriuria.
October 15, 2014

Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Children

Learn how to evaluate for ADHD using validated assessment tools, ideally including observers from several settings, such as the home and school. Treatment options for different age groups are also discussed.
October 1, 2014

Screening for Cancer: Concepts and Controversies

Cancer screening is an essential part of family medicine, although changing recommendations have led to confusion among physicians and patients. Learn about the controversies and current recommendations.
November 1, 2014

Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy

Pregnant women commonly ask their physicians about taking over-the-counter medications. Find out which medications are most likely safe, and which should be avoided if possible.
October 15, 2014

A Comprehensive Newborn Examinations: Part I. General, Head and Neck, Cardiopulmonary

Newborns should be examined for abnormalities of the head and skull, eyes, and ears. Cardiopulmonary testing is also performed to detect respiratory distress.
September 1, 2014

Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

History, physical examination, and additional testing such as prostate-specific antigen and urinalysis can differentiate this condition from others with similar symptoms. Mild symptoms and nonbothersome moderate symptoms require no treatment. Treatment options for bothersome symptoms include lifestyle modification, medications, and surgery.
December 1, 2014

Acute Pancreatitis

Find out how to determine disease severity, predict outcomes, and prevent complications. Treatment includes bowel rest, fluid hydration, and pain control.
November 1, 2014

Evaluation and Treatment of Constipation in Children and Adolescents

Constipation is one of the most common chronic disorders of childhood. It is often functional without an organic etiology. Learn the differential diagnosis of constipation in children and effective treatments, such as parental education, behavior interventions, diet changes, and medication.
July 15, 2014

Evaluation of the Patient with Hip Pain

Learn about different physical examination tests to evaluate hip pain.
January 1, 2014

Delirium in Older Persons: Evaluation and Management

Learn about the typical presentation in the hospital, long-term care facilities, and the community setting, as well as in patients nearing death. Preventive interventions, such as frequent reorientation and early mobilization, and treatment options are also discussed.
August 1, 2014

Incidentalomas: Initial Management

Find out when further workup of incidental findings is warranted for patients with pituitary, thyroid, pulmonary, hepatic, pancreatic, adrenal, renal, and ovarian incidentalomas.
December 1, 2014

Acute Diarrhea in Adults

What are the common causes and best treatments?
February 1, 2014

Impetigo: Diagnosis and Treatment

A review of the two principal types: bullous and nonbullous. Effective treatment options include topical and oral antibiotics. Empiric treatment considerations have changed with the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
August 15, 2014

A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests

What are the common causes and best treatments.
March 1, 2014

Thyroiditis: An Integrated Approach

Review of common types, including Hashimoto, postpartum, and subacute thyroiditis. Presenting symptoms, monitoring strategies, and treatment options are included.
September 15, 2014

Evaluation and Treatment of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia

Should all infants be screened, or is targeted screening based on risk factors more beneficial? When should phototherapy be initiated?
June 1, 2014

Prolonged Febrile Illness and Fever of Unknown Origin in Adults

To determine the underlying cause, begin the initial evaluation by looking for potentially diagnostic clues before proceeding to the minimum diagnostic workup.
July 15, 2014

Dog and Cat Bites

Most animal bites are from a dog, usually one known to the victim. Cat bites are less common but are more likely to cause infection. Learn about proper treatment and prophylaxis for animal bites.
August 15, 2014