Work-related asthma includes at-work aggravation of preexisting asthma and new-onset asthma induced by occupational exposure. An important step in the diagnosis is recognition by the physician of the relationship of the illness to work conditions.
ANDREW D. JUNG
Gastroesophageal reflux is common in infants and children, while true disease is far less common.
JOHN P. MANZELLA
Quinupristin-dalfopristin, the first formulation of the streptogramin class of antibiotics, has activity against a range of gram-positive bacteria that are usually resistant to other agents, including vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium.
JOHN KOO, ANDREW LEBWOHL
Family physicians are in an ideal position to help patients who have psychiatric disorders with skin manifestations and skin disorders that cause or are exacerbated by stress.
In this issue, AFP is restarting its series called “Putting Prevention into Practice: An Evidence-Based Approach.” On page 1881 you’ll find the first of a new batch of prevention-focused case studies. This piece, called “Counseling for Tobacco Cessation,” is written by Martin...
Rosemarie Sweeney, Matthew Neff
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Having a broken heart could cause a broken heart. According to a case-control study published in the British Medical Journal, patients who have taken tricyclic antidepressants are at an increased risk for developing ischemic heart disease (IHD). The study matched 933 patients...
DAVID S. H. BELL
Until just over six years ago, patients with type 2 diabetes were started on treatment with a sulfonylurea. When this treatment failed, insulin was added to or substituted for the sulfonylurea. With only these agents available, achieving the target glycosylated hemoglobin 7...
Pharmacologic agents receive FDA approval for specific indications, but this does not necessarily limit their use for other problems. JOH recognizes this but was still surprised when a teenage patient who came to the coach asked for clonidine for sleep problems. As an...
MARTIN C. MAHONEY, CARLOS ROBERTO JAÉN
JT is a 54-year-old man who presents for a follow-up office visit. He requests refills on his prescriptions for enalapril and atorvastatin. You are aware that he is a smoker. Before you can initiate a discussion about his tobacco use, he excitedly reports that he has set a...
A 65-year-old woman presented with a six-year history of a progressively enlarging exophytic lesion on the left side of the face with central ulceration (see the accompanying figure). The lesion was nontender and had significantly increased in size during the past two years....
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an update on the investigation of recent cases of anthrax exposure. This update includes the susceptibility patterns of Bacillus anthracis isolates, and provides interim recommendations for managing potential...
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THERESA DRESSLER CONOLOGUE, SCOTT LIM, MARTHA MCCOLLOUGH
ANNE D. WALLING
ANNE D. WALLING
KARL E. MILLER
ANNE D. WALLING
GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN
Asthma is a disease of the lungs. During an asthma attack, you can't get enough air. You feel short of breath. Your chest may feel tight. You may cough and wheeze (make a whistling sound when you breathe).
Gastroesophageal (say: gas-tro-ee-sof-ah-gee-all) refers to the stomach. Reflux means to flow backward. So, gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is when liquids or foods in the stomach flow “back up” into the esophagus (the tube where food passes from your mouth to your stomach)....
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