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    Management of Common Arrhythmias: Part I. Supraventricular Arrhythmias

    A. KESH HEBBAR, WILLIAM J. HUESTON

    Atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardias are the rhythm disturbances most commonly encountered by family physicians. The challenge is to determine which arrhythmias are benign and which indicate probable cardiac malfunction.

    Management of Common Arrhythmias: Part II. Ventricular Arrhythmias and Arrhythmias in Special Populations

    KESH A. HEBBAR, WILLIAM J. HUESTON

    Coexistent structural heart disease is the most important factor in determining whether a ventricular arrhythmia should be treated. Left ventricular function is another significant consideration.

    Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome: Guidelines for Early Detection

    GEORGE J. BITAR, CHARLES K. HERMAN, MOHAMMED I. DAHMAN, MARTIN A. HOARD

    Basal cell nevus syndrome is an autosomal dominant syndrome characterized by the development of multiple basal cell carcinomas, occurring with skin abnormalities such as pitting edema of the hands and feet. Early diagnosis is essential for reducing long-term sequelae,...

    Preconception Health Care

    STEPHANIE C. BRUNDAGE

    Appropriate preconception health care improves pregnancy outcomes by reducing health risks to mother and infant.

    Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer's Disease: Part II. Treatment

    JEFFREY L. CUMMINGS, JANET C. FRANK, DEBRA CHERRY, NEAL D. KOHATSU, LINDA HEWETT, BRIAN MITTMAN

    Once the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has been made, a treatment plan should be developed. This plan will have to be modified as the disease progresses. The family physician should be aware of state-mandated reporting requirements for driving impairment and elder...

    Ingrown Toenail Removal

    THOMAS J. ZUBER

    Ingrown toenail is a common problem with various etiologies, including improperly trimmed nails, hyperhidrosis, and poorly fitting shoes. Excision of the lateral nail plate combined with lateral matricectomy provides the best chance for successful treatment.

    Inside AFP

    People Who Need People: Writers and Editors

    Janis Wright

    While Emily Brontë and a few other renowned writers have managed to thrive in social isolation, most writers and editors live by the mantra: “Every writer needs an editor, and every editor needs an editor.” I well remember hearing that charming chant from my editorial mentor,...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Matthew Neff

    HRSA Awards $28.6 Million to Primary Care Associations and Offices | U.S. Elected to Executive Board of the World Health Organization | IOM Report Shows Consequences of Being Uninsured | New Mental Health Guide for Children Released | Committee Recommends Eliminating...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Evans, Heather McNeill

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) ages gracefully along with its users. A study of 2,073 women older than 65 without dementia showed that the older the woman, the greater the cognitive benefits of HRT. Published in Women's Health, the study found that HRT use was associated...

    Editorials

    Initiating Discussions About Advance Directives: The Family Physician's Role

    BLAKE SYPHER

    Despite federal laws that give persons the right to formulate advance directives, most Americans have not executed living wills or medical powers of attorney designed to clarify their values and wishes about their medical care if they lose decision-making capacity.1 A primary...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    “I am not exactly sure why she is here,” confided the third-year medical student who was working with KS in the family practice center. The 16-year-old girl had mild nasal congestion, which she had experienced intermittently for several months. The patient's mother reported...

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Breast Cancer: Recommendations and Rationale

    This statement summarizes the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for breast cancer and the supporting scientific evidence, and it updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second...

    Practice Guidelines

    AUA and ASRM Produce Recommendations for Male Infertility

    ELAINE KIERL GANGEL

    The American Urological Association, Inc. (AUA) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) have collaborated to produce recommendations intended to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of male infertility.

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    MONICA PREBOTH

    Preventing Infectious Disease in International Travelers | Management of Pregnant Women Exposed to Anthrax | ACOG Opinion Paper on Analgesia and Cesarean Delivery | Safety Rules Activity Booklet for Elementary School Children | NIAAA Report on Prevention of College Drinking |...

    Letters to the Editor

    ADHD: Management Beyond Medication

    ADHD and IQ Testing

    Simple Dimple Rule for Sacral Dimples

    JAMES C. HIGGINS, FRANK AXELSEN

    Management Guidelines for Sport-Related Concussions

    NICHOLAS J. SOLOMOS

    Tips from Other Journals

    Resolving the Great Mammography Debate

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Observed Treatment of Childhood Tuberculosis

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    H. Pylori Eradication Based on Stool Antigen Testing

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Can Statin Use Reduce Fracture Risk?

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Surgery or Dental Appliance for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

    KARL E. MILLER

    Better Diagnostic Testing for Celiac Sprue: A Review

    BILL ZEPF

    Safety of Triptans in Migraine Therapy: A Review

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Occurrence of Liver Injury with Use of Pioglitazone

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Use of Environmental Controls in Children with Asthma

    KARL E. MILLER

    Pregnancy in Women with Cystic Fibrosis

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Laboratory Testing for Early Lyme Disease: A Comparison

    BILL ZEPF

    Stenting Plus Abciximab Reduces Damage After MI

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    How to Prepare for Pregnancy

    You probably won't know you are pregnant for the first three to four weeks. By then, your baby is already forming major organs and structures. Some medicines, illnesses, or bad habits (like smoking or drinking alcohol) can affect your baby before you even know you are...

    Ingrown Toenail Removal

    An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail edge is damaged, and the nail no longer fits properly into the side groove. The nail curls downward and digs into the skin, causing pain, swelling, redness, and drainage. Sometimes a piece of nail (called a lateral pointing spicule)...

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