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    Pediatric Vision Screening for the Family Physician

    PETER BRODERICK

    Many vision-threatening conditions in infants and small children can be detected by using simple methods in the office, such as Snellen visual acuity testing, corneal light reflex examination and cover-uncover testing. The earlier that amblyopia and strabismus are detected,...

    Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

    ROBERT SLACK, GRANT BATES

    Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to restore normal function of the paranasal sinuses. It is indicated for use in patients with acute recurrent or chronic rhinosinusitis in whom medical treatment has failed.

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome

    MICHAEL K. MAGILL, ANTHONY SURUDA

    Multiple chemical sensitivity is a difficult-to-manage syndrome in which the patient attributes a wide array of symptoms to low-level chemical exposure, but no organic pathology can be identified.

    External Cephalic Version

    ANDREW S. COCO, STEPHANIE D. SILVERMAN

    The use of external cephalic version has increased in recent years because of its strong safety record and a success rate of about 65 percent. It is a skill easily acquired by family physicians and should be a routine part of obstetric practice.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    MICHAEL W. BARROW, KATHERINE A. CLARK

    Heat illness can be prevented by ensuring adequate hydration and adjusting activity levels based on environmental conditions. Rapid cooling improves the prognosis in patients with heat-related illness.

    Newsletter

    Rosemarie Sweeney, Verna L. Rose

    The Health Professionals for Diversity Coalition, which is made up of 51 national health and education-related organizations, including the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Academy of Family Physicians, is mounting a campaign against an anti...

    Family Practice International

    Anne D. Walling

    (Great Britain—The Practitioner, May 1998, p. 384.) Each airline has its own guidelines and regulations concerning patients with health conditions. Many of these regulations are designed to avoid medical problems that are due to low humidity and changes in air pressure that...

    Inside AFP

    Shaping AFP's Content

    JANIS WRIGHT

    Who are the movers and shakers of AFP? While many folks are involved in shaping the content of AFP, the ones who stand in the foreground are AFP's medical editors. Working at various locations throughout the country, AFP's medical editors solicit and edit articles, write...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Monica A. Preboth, Shyla Wright

    Waiting too long to read tuberculosis skin tests in children may cause up to 10 percent of positive results to be missed. According to a researcher at the Western clinical research meetings, cited in Family Practice News, 450 children up to 18 years of age were given the...

    Editorials

    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

    ROY L. DEHART

    If you don't know what the illness is, then any name will do (with apologies to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll). In this issue of American Family Physician, Magill and Suruda1 use the term “multiple chemical sensitivity” to identify a baffling constellation...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Because of the old adage that everything comes in threes, SEF is waiting for the third case of a rather unusual condition. SEF delivered a baby boy who had inherited his father's trait of polydactyl of the fingers. SEF had not seen a case since medical school and had never...

    Photo Quiz

    Iron Deficiency Anemia: What's the Cause?

    Marc S. Berger, NEIL ABRAMSON

    A 40-year-old man presented to the office with anemia. He explained that he had had varying degrees of anemia over the past 15 years and that several members of his family also had anemia. The physician suspected that the patient had iron deficiency anemia simply because of...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Diverticulitis

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Amiodarone or Sotalol for Recurrent Atrial Fibrillation

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Anthrax Vaccine: A Clinical Review of the Data

    BARBARA APGAR

    Outcomes in Patients With Episodes of Low Back Pain

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Clinical Features and Outcomes in Patients with Endocarditis

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Ambient-Light Exposure and Retinopathy of Prematurity

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Diagnostic Evaluation of Patients with Palpitations

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Special Medical Reports

    NIH Panel Identifies 11 Principles for HIV Therapy

    Sharon Scott Morey

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Panel to Define Principles of Therapy of HIV Infection, under the auspices of the NIH Office of AIDS Research and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has formulated 11 principles for the treatment of human...

    NIH Consensus Panel Advocates Increased Access to Treatment for Opiate Addiction

    Sharon Scott Morey

    Panelists for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have issued a report recommending a reduction in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for methadone maintenance programs. The report, which was prepared at the Consensus Development Conference on treatment...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Verna L. Rose

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has published a report on the concurrent use of alcohol and tobacco (Alcohol Alert No. 39, January 1998). The report discusses why alcohol and tobacco are so frequently used together, the risk of cancer from...

    Physician's Bookshelf

    Book Reviews

    LINDA B. FORD

    Also Received

    Letters to the Editor

    The Cost of Treating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients

    STEVEN G. HAMMER

    Ileoileal Intussusception with a Leading Meckel's Diverticulum

    RALPH PEEKER, KELM HJÄLMÅS

    Massive Pericardial Effusion in Sarcoidosis

    SONIA ARUNABH, NAVIN VERMA, TERENCE M. BRADY, null ARUNABH

    Respiratory Arrest After Peak Expiratory Flow Measurement

    ARLENE M. BROWN

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Strabismus (Cross-Eyes)

    The problem of crossed or wandering eyes is called strabismus (say: stra-biz-muss). It's normal for newborn babies to have eyes that cross or wander sometimes, especially when they're tired. However, if you see your child's eyes cross or see one eye wander to the side after...

    What Can I Do if My Baby is Breech?

    Before birth, most babies are in a head-down position in the mother's uterus. That's why most babies are born headfirst. Sometimes the part of the baby that is head down is not the head, but the buttocks or the feet. When a baby is in that position before birth, it's called a...

    Preventing Heat Illnesses

    When you get warm, your body sweats to cool itself. As it gets warmer, your body must sweat more. As the sweat on your body evaporates (dries up in the breeze), your body gets cooler. If the weather is hot and also humid, your sweat can't evaporate very well. So, as the...



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