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    Percutaneous Interventions for Lower Extremity Peripheral Vascular Disease

    JULIA TUCKER DE SANCTIS

    Peripheral vascular disease is a common condition affecting as many as 10 million persons in the United States. Physicians should be able to identify patients at risk and be aware of the available treatments.

    Breaking Bad News

    GREGG K. VANDEKIEFT

    Giving bad news to a patient can be one of the most difficult things a physician has to do. The ABCDE mnemonic and other practical recommendations are provided to aid physicians with this task.

    Neurotic Excoriations

    PEGGY R. CYR, GEORGE K. DREHER

    Neurotic excoriations are self-inflicted lesions produced by repetitive scratching as a manifestation of an emotional problem. Family physicians are well equipped to help patients with this problem.

    Office Management of Digital Mucous Cysts

    THOMAS J. ZUBER

    Mucous cysts may be cured with simple surgery, cryosurgery, or repeated needling.

    Inside AFP

    AFP Publishes Newborn Hearing Recommendations Released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Janis Wright

    This issue of AFP features recommendations on newborn hearing screening that were just released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Alfred O. Berg, M.D., M.P.H., and Janet Allan, Ph.D., R.N., C.S., have written an editorial (see page 1945) to accompany the...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Rosemarie Sweeney, Matthew Neff

    Framingham Heart Study Will Research the ‘Third Generation’ | ‘Patient and Physician Safety Act of 2001’ Is Introduced to House of Representatives | Senate Passes ‘Teaching Children To Save Lives Act’ | AAFP Sets Deadlines for Awards, Proposals in 2002

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Morgan

    “Yummy.” Results of a study published in the Journal of Urology show that taking a daily supplement of bacteria could prevent kidney stones from forming. The bacteria break down and lower high levels of oxalate, a byproduct of digestion that is the major cause of kidney...

    Editorials

    The New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    ALFRED O. BERG, JANET ALLAN

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USP-STF) is back. Following in the steps of its predecessors, which produced similar evidence reports in 1989 and 1995, the third USPSTF (convened by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ] in 1998) systematically reviews...

    Breaking Bad News: The Many Roles of the Family Physician

    MICHAEL L. SPARACINO

    In this issue of American Family Physician, VandeKieft discusses breaking bad news to patients.1 The increased importance noted by current literature in family medicine on end-of-life issues reflects the desire on the part of society to collaborate with their family...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    “Why are you ordering a lipid profile?” asked KS, the faculty member on call in the Family Practice Center. She and a second-year resident, SO, were discussing the work-up of an 82-year-old woman who was in excellent health aside from mild hypertension. SO replied, “I order...

    U.S. PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE: RECOMMENDATIONS AND RATIONALE

    Newborn Hearing Screening: Recommendations and Rationale

    This statement summarizes the third U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on newborn hearing screening and the supporting scientific evidence, and it updates the 1995 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition.

    Tips from Other Journals

    Oral Mucolytics Provide Benefits in Chronic Bronchitis

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Meckel's Diverticulum: Review and Management

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    What to Consider with Difficult-to-Control Blood Pressure

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Which Adolescents Achieve Control of Type 1 Diabetes?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Botulinum Toxin for Relief of Chronic Low Back Pain

    BILL ZEPF

    Compression Stockings and DVT in Air Travel Passengers

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Androgen Deficiency in Women: Review of the Subject

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Practice Guidelines

    PHS Guidelines for Management of Occupational Exposure to HBV, HCV and HIV: Management of Occupational Blood Exposures

    MONICA PREBOTH

    The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has updated its previous guidelines for the management of health care personnel who have occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids that might contain hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human immunodeficiency...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Joanne E. Chatfield

    West Nile Virus Activity Update | AAP Policy on Safe Air Travel for Children

    Letters to the Editor

    The Lie of Primum non Nocere

    KENNETH LECROY

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Neurotic Excoriations - Skin Lesions Produced by Scratching

    Neurotic excoriations (say: x-kor-ee-a-shuns) are scrapes and scabs caused when you scratch or pick at your skin. The scabs are on easy-to-reach parts of your body, such as your face, upper back, upper arms and legs. There isn't a physical reason that your skin itches. The...

    Neurotic Excoriations — Skin Lesions Produced by Scratching

    Neurotic excoriations (say: x-kor-ee-a-shuns) are scrapes and scabs caused when you scratch or pick at your skin. The scabs are on easy-to-reach parts of your body, such as your face, upper back, upper arms and legs. There isn't a physical reason that your skin itches. The...



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