• Articles

    Update on the Prevention and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    KARL E. MILLER, DAVID E. RUIZ, J. CHRISTOPHER GRAVES

    Preventive strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include individualized education based on the patient's developmental stage and understanding of sexual issues, a hepatitis B vaccine series in unimmunized patients who are being...

    Recognition and Management of Bioterrorism Infections

    KAREN K. O'BRIEN, MARK L. HIGDON, JAIME J. HALVERSON

    Family physicians would play a vital role in the initial recognition and management of bioterrorism attacks. Physicians should be familiar with features of the highest priority infectious agents to expedite diagnosis, management, and public health response.

    Open-Angle Glaucoma

    JAMES S. DISTELHORST, GRADY M. HUGHES

    Because open-angle glaucoma can cause blindness with little warning, family physicians can help prevent loss of vision in their patients by recognizing risk factors and providing early diagnosis, referral, and treatment.

    Diagnosis and Management of Positional Head Deformity

    WENDY S. BIGGS

    Consistently placing infants in the supine position to sleep may result in the occipital skull flattening of positional head deformity. Physicians should educate parents and caregivers of infants about the prevention of positional head deformity.

    A Practical Approach to Hypercalcemia

    MARY F. CARROLL, DAVID S. SCHADE

    Knowing how to evaluate and manage patients with hypercalcemia is essential for family physicians.

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Matthew Neff

    Family Practice Match Indicates Continued Decline in Specialty Fill Rate | Federal Government Creates Health Information Exchange Standards | HHS Releases 2001 National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect | AAFP Creates New Policy Regarding Ephedra-Containing Dietary...

    Inside AFP

    Look for AFP's Reader Feedback Card

    Janis Wright

    AFP is offering readers another way to contact us with questions and feedback. While you are taking this issue's “Clinical Quiz” and filling out the answer card (see page 1865), you might want to check out the accompanying reader feedback card located below the answer card....

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Evans, Heather McNeill

    As long as a workout feels strenuous, it will provide some protection against heart disease, even if the workout falls short of recommended guidelines. In a study published in Circulation, more than 7,000 men with an average age of 66 years were surveyed on how much they...

    Editorials

    Importance of Bioterrorism Preparedness for Family Physicians

    HELGA E. RIPPEN, ELIN GURSKY, MICHAEL A. STOTO

    The article in this issue of American Family Physician by O'Brien and colleagues1 on the recognition and management of biologic agents points out that family physicians may be well positioned to recognize bioterrorist attacks and expedite response. In the event that these...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Eileen, a 37-year-old factory worker, is one of those rare people whom everyone likes the instant they meet her. She described having a wonderful life except for one large problem. Standing 63 inches tall and weighing 273 lb resulted in a body mass index of 48 for Eileen....

    CLINICAL EVIDENCE CONCISE: A PUBLICATION OF BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

    CAROL JOUGHIN, PAUL RAMCHANDANI, MORRIS ZWI

    Limited evidence from two systematic reviews suggests that dexamfetamine versus placebo significantly improves some behavior outcomes but increases anorexia and appetite disturbance. The second systematic review could not draw firm conclusions about the effects of...

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote Physical Activity

    KENNETH FINK, BARBARA CLARK

    SR, a 40-year-old woman with no significant medical history other than smoking, comes to you for a check-up. You counsel her on smoking cessation and review her preventive health needs. You wonder if you should counsel SR regarding physical activity. You know that physical...

    Photo Quiz

    Infected Welding Burns

    MICHAEL D. LACK, DAVID H. WEINGOLD

    A 41-year-old welder presented with right-hand skin lesions thought to be welding burns that had become infected. He was scheduled to have neck surgery for an unrelated problem, but when the surgeon saw the lesions, surgery was canceled, and he was given levofloxacin. He...

    POEMs and Tips

    Tea Tree Oil Shampoo in the Treatment of Dandruff

    DAVID SLAWSON

    Cesarean Delivery and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    LINDA FRENCH

    Use of Imiquimod for Actinic Keratoses

    MARK EBELL

    Gabapentin May Be Effective for Restless Leg Syndrome

    ALLEN SHAUGHNESSY

    Rapid Testing for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

    KARL E. MILLER

    Effective Single-Dose Emergency Contraception

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Cancer

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Treatment of Hyperlipidemia in Elderly Patients

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Cut-Off Age for Precocious Puberty Is Too Young

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Understanding Living Wills: Patient, Physician, and Family

    SUMI M. SEXTON

    Colic: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Potential Sequelae

    KARL E. MILLER

    Practice Guidelines

    ACS Updates Guideline for the Early Detection of Cervical Neoplasia and Cancer

    Barrett M. Schroeder

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently updated its guideline for the early detection of cervical neoplasia and cancer. The revised guideline was published in the November/December 2002 issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians and is also available at CAonline....

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey

    CDC Guidelines on SARS | Hepatitis Infections in Correctional Settings | AHRQ Announces New Web-Based Medical Journal | Recommendations for Preventing Medication Errors in Children

    Curbside Consultation

    Do I Have to Resuscitate This Patient Against Her Wishes?

    ANDREW PUTNAM

    An 88-year-old woman was recently admitted to our inpatient family practice service in an unresponsive state, after having a stroke. She had a history of angina, congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and an above-knee amputation, and she had...

    Letters to the Editor

    Treatment of Viral Conjunctivitis in Children

    Is Tacrolimus the Best Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis?

    EDWARD P. MCAULIFFE

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    What Should I Know About Open-Angle Glaucoma?

    Open-angle glaucoma is a common, serious eye problem. The insides of your eyes make fluid. When this fluid doesn't drain out, it creates pressure. High pressure inside your eyes can slowly damage the nerves that help you see.

    Corrections

    Correction

    The article “Antidepressants: Update on New Agents and Indications” (February 1, 2003, page 547) contained an error in the description of venlafaxine. On page 551, the second sentence under the subheading “Venlafaxine” should have read: It is a bicyclic antidepressant that...



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