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.
SURAJ ACHAR, SURITI KUNDU
Infiltrative anesthetics are a mainstay for use during painful office procedures because of their safety, low cost, and quick efficacy.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
What are the effects of antibiotics in outpatient settings?
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...
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...
KARL E. MILLER
KARL E. MILLER
GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN
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...
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JAMES C. HIGGINS
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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