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    Early Detection and Treatment of Skin Cancer

    ANTHONY F. JERANT, JENNIFER T. JOHNSON, CATHERINE DEMASTES SHERIDAN, TIMOTHY J. CAFFREY

    The incidence of skin cancer is increasing rapidly in Americans. Early detection of all types of skin cancer greatly improves the prognosis.

    Preoperative Evaluation

    MITCHELL S. KING

    Preoperative risk assessment includes not only the usual consideration of risk factors in the patient but also the risk involved in the planned surgical procedure.

    Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema

    MARK A. VAN KOOY, RICHARD F. GARGIULO

    Postobstructive pulmonary edema is an uncommon but life-threatening condition that develops suddenly in patients who may be otherwise well. Awareness of this condition will allow the family physician to make an early diagnosis.

    Update on Digoxin Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure

    SHOWKAT A. HAJI, ASSAD MOVAHED

    Digoxin has a secondary role in the treatment of heart failure. The goal of therapy is to improve quality of life by reducing symptoms and preventing hospitalizations.

    Medical Management of Obesity

    ETHAN M. BERKE, NANCY E. MORDEN

    Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes are the cornerstones of therapy for obesity, but medications such as sibutramine and orlistat may be appropriate in selected patients.

    AFP 50 Years Ago

    This feature is part of a year-long series of excerpts and special commentaries celebrating AFP's 50th year of publication. Excerpts from the two 1950 volumes of GP, AFP's predecessor, appear along with highlights of 50 years of family medicine.

    Inside AFP

    AFP Announces Next John C. Rose Medical Editing Fellow

    Janis Wright

    AFP is gearing up for its annual editors' conference, which coincides with AAFP's National Conference of Family Practice Residents and Medical Students. At this time, AFP's medical editors gather with staff editors for a two-day conference to develop editorial policies and...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Newsletter

    Rosemarie Sweeney, Toni Lapp

    Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Jessica Greene, Sarah Morgan

    Insomnia may be a warning sign of more significant and dangerous mental illnesses, reports Psychology Today. In a recent study of two million U.S. adults who visited doctors between 1995 and 1996 because of trouble sleeping, over 57 percent were diagnosed with non-sleep...

    Editorials

    PRE-OPportunity Knocks: A Different Way to Think About the Preoperative Evaluation

    VALERIE PALDA

    As family physicians, we commonly use the annual general assessment of the patient to address preventive health issues. Ideally, we would also reconsider the patient's medical conditions, medications and other functional issues at this time. Often, the visit is too short to...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    She was elated! So was WLL! The 28-year-old patient with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) had wrestled with obesity, hirsutism, mild hypertension and oligomenorrhea. She was not able to get pregnant even though her husband's semen analysis was normal. WLL suggested a trial...

    Practice Guidelines

    ACOG Develops Guidelines for Induction of Labor

    Sharon Scott Morey

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued new guidelines on the induction of labor, which review the current methods of cervical ripening and induction of labor and summarizes the effectiveness of each method on the basis of outcomes research.

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Monica Preboth

    The Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a statement on the calcium requirements of infants, children and adolescents. The statement reviews the physiology of calcium metabolism and the data on the relationship between calcium intake...

    Letters to the Editor

    Revealing a Medication Error

    Miglitol and Hepatotoxicity in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    RODNEY F. CARLSON

    Tips from Other Journals

    Single-Dose Methotrexate Therapy for Ectopic Pregnancy

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Do Clinical Findings Predict Intussusception in Children?

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Outcomes of Acute Ischemic Stroke After tPA Use

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Public Health Issue: Methadone Maintenance Therapy

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Risk Factors for Upper-Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Avoiding Blindness Resulting from Chronic Uveitis

    ANNE D. WALLING

    H. pylori Infection in Relatives of Patients with Gastric Cancer

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Is Image-Guided Biopsy Accurate in the Diagnosis of Renal Masses?

    KARL E. MILLER

    Elevated Systolic BP as a Cardiovascular Risk Factor

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Adrenal Suppression After Glucocorticoid Therapy

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    “Safe-Sun” Guidelines

    Safe-sun guidelines give you four ways you can protect your skin and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

    Men Who Care About Their Skin Protect It

    More and more men are using sun protection while they work and play outdoors. They know that skin cancer is a threat, but it's a threat they can do something about. If you protect your skin from the sun, your chance of getting skin cancer will be lower.

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