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    Managing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

    PAMELA DULL, ROBERT W. REAGAN, JR., ROBERT R. BAHNSON

    Recent changes in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia include wider patient use of complementary medicines, selective alpha-blocker medical therapy, and less invasive surgical treatments.

    Principles of Office Anesthesia: Part I. Infiltrative Anesthesia

    SURAJ ACHAR, SURITI KUNDU

    Infiltrative anesthetics are a mainstay for use during painful office procedures because of their safety, low cost, and quick efficacy.

    Principles of Office Anesthesia: Part II. Topical Anesthesia

    SURITI KUNDU, SURAJ ACHAR

    The development of topical anesthetics such as TAC, LET, and EMLA has provided the family physician with multiple options for anesthetizing open and intact skin.

    Virtual Endoscopy: A Promising New Technology

    BRADFORD J. WOOD, POUNEH RAZAVI

    Advanced processing of helical computed tomographic data sets allows for three-dimensional and virtual endoscopy models that are ideal for screening, because they are noninvasive and require minimal patient preparation.

    Common Bacterial Skin Infections

    DANIEL L. STULBERG, MARC A. PENROD, RICHARD A. BLATNY

    The most common bacterial skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, furuncles, and carbuncles. All of these infections are typically diagnosed by clinical presentation and treated empirically.

    Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Menopause

    VINCENT MORELLI, CHRISTOPHER NAQUIN

    In the United States, about three fourths of perimenopausal women experience hot flushes; one half report feeling irritated or depressed; and about one third have dyspareunia, vaginal dryness, or decreased libido. Some women are looking for alternatives to traditional hormone...

    Inside AFP

    Utah Valley Family Practice Residency Launches Series on Common Skin Problems

    Janis Wright

    The article on page 119, by Daniel L. Stulberg, M.D., Marc A. Penrod, M.D., and Richard A. Blatny, M.D., is the first in a new series on the management of common skin problems, contributed by the Utah Valley Family Practice Residency, Provo, Utah. Dr. Stulberg, who is...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Matthew Neff

    HHS Releases Report on the Health Status of Women in the United States | Family Physician Web Site Adds New ‘Web Reviews’ Column | NHLBI Study Links Teenaged Girls’ Weight Concerns with Smoking | NIDDK Web Page Provides Information on Obesity and Weight Loss | HHS Reports No...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Evans, Heather McNeill

    With their intense study habits and long work hours, medical students aren't known for eating healthfully. However, students at 21 medical schools in the United States are part of a program entitled “Whole Heartedly: Cooking Classes for Healthy Living.” The goal of the...

    Editorials

    Managing Chronic Pain in the Primary Care Setting

    Dawn A. Marcus

    The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 32.8 percent of the U.S. general population has persistent or chronic pain symptoms.1 It is further estimated that 94 million U.S. residents have some form of episodic or persistent pain—whether it be pain associated...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Errol, an elderly man of above-average intelligence, was in my office today for follow-up of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Three months ago I had prescribed for him a combination metered-dose inhaler of ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate (Combivent). He...

    CLINICAL EVIDENCE CONCISE: A PUBLICATION OF BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP

    Community-Acquired Pneumonia

    MARK LOEB

    What are the effects of antibiotics in outpatient settings?

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Chlamydial Infection

    RACHAEL J.M. CONSOLI

    TC is a 24-year-old woman who comes to your office for a well-woman visit. Her last physical examination was at age 16 with her pediatrician. She has been sexually active since the age of 15 and has had three “lifetime” partners. TC has been monogamous with her current...

    Photo Quiz

    Red Ear

    MICHAEL J. WELSCH, JEFFREY J. MEFFERT

    Over the years, a 64-year-old man has had repeated bouts of tenderness of the cartilaginous part of both ears that typically last for one to two weeks (see accompanying figure). The fleshy lobe portion of the ears have not been affected. The patient has not experienced...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Does Male Circumcision Prevent Cervical Cancer in Women?

    BILL ZEPF

    Uterine Contraction Frequency Cannot Predict Preterm Delivery

    BILL ZEPF

    Inhaled Beta Agonists and Exacerbation of CAD

    KARL E. MILLER

    Coronary Stent Radiation to Prevent Restenosis

    BILL ZEPF

    Managing Dyspnea in Patients at the End of Life

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Atypical Chest Pain Caused by Esophageal Problems

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    MR Angiography to Assess Coronary Artery Disease

    BILL ZEPF

    Improving Asthma Outcomes and Self-Care Behaviors

    KARL E. MILLER

    Treatment of Pressure Ulcers with Sequential Dressings

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Practice Guidelines

    NIH Releases Statement on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy

    Karen L. Hellekson

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a consensus statement on the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of osteoporosis. The statement was prepared by a nonfederal, nonadvocate panel of experts in the field and is an independent panel report, not an official...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Brian Torrey

    Tetanus Vaccine Now Available for Wound Care | Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention | Obesity Management Guidelines | Antiretroviral Agent Use in Patients with HIV | FDA Approves Olmesartan

    Letters to the Editor

    Treatment of Obese Patients Should Include Weight Loss

    JAMES C. HIGGINS

    Babesiosis and Transfusion Medicine

    Alternatives to Rehydration During Hypodermoclysis

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    BPH—A Problem with Your Prostate

    The prostate is a gland that makes the fluid in semen. It is located under a man's bladder and wraps around his urethra (see drawing below). The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis to the outside of the body.

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