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    A Practical Guide to Caring for Caregivers


    Family physicians should identify patients who are caregivers and have a systematic approach for assessing the degree of caregiver burden.

    Paraphimosis: Current Treatment Options


    Paraphimosis is a urologic emergency requiring prompt treatment to reduce edema and relieve constriction of the glans penis.

    Attenuating Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes


    Apart from smoking, all reversible risk factors for coronary artery disease are more prevalent in patients with diabetes. Aggressive interventions are warranted.

    Mass Psychogenic Illness: Role of the Individual Physician


    Mass psychogenic illness involves people with real symptoms that are often triggered by misunderstood or false information. Physicians should consider this diagnosis when faced with a cluster of unexplained acute illnesses.

    AFP 50 Years Ago

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

    Inside AFP

    Ending a Celebration Year with Thanks

    Janis Wright

    This issue represents the last one published in Y2K, ending a yearlong celebration of AFP's 50th anniversary of publication. On page 2572, you'll find the final piece in the “AFP 50 Years Ago” series, a commemorative section of excerpts and special commentaries that has...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition


    Rosemarie Sweeney, Toni Lapp

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

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Morgan, Lori Parry

    Women who snore may not only annoy their husbands, they may also be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CHD). A study published in Women's Health in Primary Care found that snoring almost doubles a woman's risk of CVD. Questions regarding frequency, sleep position...


    Caring for Caregivers


    Long-term care given by family members is a central component of our current health care system and, thus, a critical social policy issue.1 In this issue of American Family Physician, Parks and Novielli2 make a compelling case for family physicians to play an important role...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    WLL has been pleased with the effectiveness of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in dosages of 12.5 to 25 mg every eight hours in treating nausea of pregnancy. When this is not effective, he will increase the dosage to 25 to 50 mg orally three to four times a day in combination with...

    Conference Highlights

    Conference Highlights

    Matthew Neff

    (52nd Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Family Physicians) According to results of a cross-sectional study of 357 consecutive adults with type 2 diabetes (formerly known as non–insulin-dependent diabetes) who presented to six family residency practice...

    Family Practice International

    Family Practice International

    Anne D. Walling

    (Australia—Australian Family Physician, July 2000, p. 639.) The incidence of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is about two per 1,000 adults per year. CAP causes about 2 percent of overnight hospital admissions for adult patients and has a mortality rate of up to 10 percent....

    Practice Guidelines

    ACOG Addresses Psychosocial Screening in Pregnant Women

    Toni Lapp

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed an educational bulletin on perinatal screening and intervention for psychosocial risk factors.

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Monica Preboth

    The Committee on Adolescence of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a policy statement on suicide and attempted suicide in adolescents. The statement updates a previous AAP statement and is intended to help the physician in the identification and management of...

    Letters to the Editor

    Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations

    Tips from Other Journals

    Which Oral Anticoagulants Are Safe During Breast-Feeding?


    Using Ultrasound to Clarify a Nondiagnostic V/Q Scan


    Recurrence Following Loop Excision of CIN


    Statin Lipid-Lowering Agents and the Risk of Hip Fracture


    Oral Famciclovir and Topical Steroids for Herpes Labialis


    Recognition of TTP Is Key When Prescribing Clopidogrel


    Valid Ultrasound Estimates of Fetal Weight at Term


    Prevalence of Malnutrition in Gynecologic Cancer Patients


    Venlafaxine Effectively Treats Generalized Anxiety Disorder


    Sexual Orientation and Associated Health Care Risks


    Amiodarone for Atrial Fibrillation


    Information from Your Family Doctor

    When You Are the Caregiver

    You're a caregiver if you give basic care to a person who has a chronic medical condition. A chronic condition is an illness that doesn't go away.

    Paraphimosis: What It Is and How to Prevent It

    Paraphimosis (say: para-fim-oh-sus) is a serious condition that can only happen in men and boys who haven't been circumcised. Paraphimosis means the foreskin is stuck behind the head of the penis and can't be pulled back down into a normal position.

    You Have Diabetes—But You Don't Have to Get Heart Disease Too

    People with diabetes are more likely to get heart disease because diabetes can have a bad effect on your blood vessels. Some of your lifestyle habits may also raise this risk. Here are some things you can do about your lifestyle habits:

    What Is Mass Psychogenic Illness?

    Sometimes people in a group start to think they might have been exposed to something dangerous, like a germ or a toxin (poison). They might get signs of sickness like headache, dizziness, faintness, weakness or a choking feeling. If many people in the group start to feel sick...

    Antibiotics: When They Can and Can't Help

    Antibiotics are strong medicines that can stop some infections and save lives. When they aren't used the right way, antibiotics can cause more harm than good. You can protect yourself and your family by knowing when you should use antibiotics and when you should avoid them.

    Nasal Sprays: How to Use Them Correctly

    Nasal sprays come in two different kinds of containers: pressurized canisters and pump bottles.

    Runny Nose and Your Child's Cold

    A runny nose usually starts when your child's cold is starting to get better. When the cold virus first infects the nose and sinuses, the nose starts making lots of clear mucus. This mucus helps wash the virus out of the nose and sinuses.


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