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    Common Dental Emergencies

    ALAN B. DOUGLASS, JOANNA M. DOUGLASS

    Most dental pain is caused by caries, pericoronitis, periodontal disease, or trauma. This article discusses the underlying pathology, diagnosis, and management of dental emergencies.

    Cytomegalovirus

    GREGORY H. TAYLOR

    Immunosuppressed patients can experience severe illness caused by reactivation of latent cytomegalovirus. Highly active antiretroviral therapy has decreased the incidence of cytomegalovirus retinitis but has resulted in a new set of ophthalmologic complications induced by...

    Hip Fractures in Adults

    LANCE C. BRUNNER, LIZA ESHILIAN-OATES, TONY Y. KUO

    Early recognition and treatment of hip fracture are important in reducing morbidity and mortality and preserving quality of life. When initial radiographic findings are indeterminate, other imaging modalities, such as magnetic resonance imaging or bone scanning, can be useful...

    Antidepressants: Update on New Agents and Indications

    ADRIENNE Z. ABLES, OTIS L. BAUGHMAN, III

    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have become the drugs of choice in the treatment of depression. Selecting an appropriate antidepressant depends on the pharmacologic profile, secondary actions, and tolerability of these agents.

    Thyroid Nodules

    MARY JO WELKER, DIANE ORLOV

    The main objective of evaluating thyroid nodules is to exclude malignancy. Laboratory evaluation may include thyroid-stimulating hormone testing and fine-needle aspiration. Surgery remains the primary treatment for malignant lesions, and ablation by postoperative radioactive...

    Inside AFP

    How to Get More Out of AFP

    Janis Wright

    AFP depends on your feedback to help us understand your needs as readers. We collect your thoughts and ideas from written surveys, structured focus groups or interviews, casual conversations, e-mails, telephone calls, and letters. We appreciate your comments and find your...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Matthew Neff

    IOM Report Targets 20 Key Areas for Transforming Health Care System | New AHRQ Fact Sheet Provides Tips for Preventing Medical Errors in Children | CDC Report Indicates Continued Decline in Number of Uninsured Children | Deadline for Medicare Participation Forms Is Feb. 28 |...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Evans, Heather McNeill

    “Oh, boy.” China may soon run out of girls. According to figures published in BMJ, 116.86 boys are born in China for every 100 girls. A normal ratio would be about 102 boys to 100 girls. The Chinese have a traditional preference for male children, especially in rural areas,...

    Editorials

    Medical Needs of Foster Children

    Renate G. Justin

    It is likely that foster children will be seen in the family physician's office. Approximately 550,000 children are in foster care in the United States,1(p2) and the number is increasing, especially in children under the age of five years.2 Often, foster children come to the...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    The second-year medical student had taken a meticulous history from a 30-year-old man whose chief complaint was headache. When JOH came into the mobile clinic's examination room, however, the story changed. What started out sounding almost like temporal arteritis turned into...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Are Low-Fat Diets Better than Other Weight-Reducing Diets in Achieving Long-Term Weight Loss?

    Michael Schooff

    A 40-year-old overweight woman seeks advice on weight loss.

    Tips from Other Journals

    Systemic Glucocorticoids for Childhood Wheezing

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Using Systolic Blood Pressure to Identify Neurologic Lesions

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Mastectomy vs. Less Invasive Surgery for Breast Cancer

    BILL ZEPF

    Effect of Carvedilol in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

    SUMI M. SEXTON

    Clinical Problem: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    BILL ZEPF

    Indications for Vena Cava Filters for Recurrent DVT

    KARL E. MILLER

    Children's Behavior Correlates with Television Viewing

    KARL E. MILLER

    Greater Dietary Freedom vs. Glycemic Control

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Walking vs. Vigorous Exercise for Heart Health in Women

    BILL ZEPF

    Watchful Waiting or Surgery for Early Prostate Cancer?

    BILL ZEPF

    Influence of Statin Therapy After Coronary Artery Stenting

    KARL E. MILLER

    Confidence Level for Negative Sentinel Node Biopsy

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Why Don't Patients Take Their Antihypertensive Medications?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Three-Day Treatment Effective for Childhood Pneumonia

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Preventing Initial Bleeding in Cirrhosis-Induced Varices

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Herpes Zoster

    BILL ZEPF

    Risperidone for Aggressive Behavior in Autistic Children

    BILL ZEPF

    Timing Important in Reading Tuberculin Test Results

    KARL E. MILLER

    Duct Tape More Effective than Cryotherapy for Warts

    KARL E. MILLER

    What Is the Optimal Schedule for Obtaining Blood Cultures?

    BILL ZEPF

    Can Tamoxifen Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Using Statins in Children with Familial Hypercholesterolemia

    SUMI M. SEXTON

    Easy Breathing Program Affects Management of Asthma

    KARL E. MILLER

    Alendronate and BMD in Hyperparathyroid Disease

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Diagnosing Urinary Tract Stones: Helical CT vs. IVP

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Douching Increases Risk of Bacterial Vaginosis

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Home Exercise Program Can Improve Knee Osteoarthritis

    ANNE D. WALLING

    More Sensitive, Less Frequent Cervical Cancer Screening

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Drug Resistance Even with New HIV Infection?

    BILL ZEPF

    Prevention of Dust-Mite Sensitization in Children

    KARL E. MILLER

    Scoring for Palpable Breast Masses in Younger Women

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Drug Therapy and Psychologic Support in Smoking Cessation

    KARL E. MILLER

    What Do We Do When the Alcohol Screen Is Positive?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Updating Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Is Breast Cancer Different in Men than in Women?

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    CLINICAL EVIDENCE CONCISE: A PUBLICATION OF BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP

    Depression in Children and Adolescents

    PHILIP HAZELL

    What are the effects of treatments for depression in children and adolescents?

    Photo Quiz

    Woody Edema of the Legs

    QUENBY L. ERICKSON, TODD KOBAYASHI, PAULA S. VOGEL

    A 69-year-old man presented with severe bilateral lower extremity woody edema, pebbly hyperkeratotic plaques, and a fetid odor (see accompanying figure). Crusts were easily dislodged and left weeping erosions. This condition had progressed over many years of chronic...

    Practice Guidelines

    AHA Releases Scientific Statement on Cardiovascular Health in Childhood

    Genevieve W. Ressel

    The Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Young (AHOY) of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association (AHA), recently published a scientific statement on cardiovascular health in childhood. The full statement was...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey

    Folic Acid and Prevention of Neural Tube Defects | ACOG Assessment of Cervical Cytology Screening | Surgeon General's Report on Women and Smoking | ACOG Opinion on Use of Enoxaparin During Pregnancy

    Curbside Consultation

    A Mother Who Refuses to Vaccinate Her Child

    SANFORD R. KIMMEL

    Some of my young patients have parents who, despite being well educated have, in my opinion, some irrational beliefs. An example of this is a young mother who recently refused to vaccinate her baby. This mother said that she had heard of adverse reactions to vaccines, and she...

    Letters to the Editor

    Calcaneal Ultrasonography for Bone Assessment

    Vitamin D as a Risk Reduction Factor for Colorectal Cancer

    William B. Grant, Cedric F. Garland

    Managing Asthma Should Not Focus on Dust Mite Control

    Guidelines for Proper Use of Child Safety Seats

    Dermatitis Herpetiformis and a Gluten-Free Diet

    What Is the Most Effective Approach to Chronic Pain?

    Robert D. Gillette

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Cytomegalovirus

    Cytomegalovirus (say: “si-toe-meg-ah-low-vi-russ”) or CMV is a virus that infects cells and causes them to become enlarged. Many people are infected with CMV and don't even know it. People are usually infected by the time they are two years old or during their teenaged years....

    Thyroid Nodules

    A thyroid nodule is a lump in the thyroid gland in your neck.



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