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    West Nile Virus in the United States: An Update on an Emerging Infectious Disease

    GREGORY D. HUHN, JAMES J. SEJVAR, SUSAN P. MONTGOMERY, MARK S. DWORKIN

    West Nile virus likely will continue to advance throughout the western United States within the next few years. A range of clinical syndromes is possible, including fever, meningitis, encephalitis, and acute flaccid paralysis.

    Managing Issues Related to Antiretroviral Therapy

    EMIL P. LESHO, DANIELA C. GEY

    As the delivery of health care to patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection shifts from the inpatient to the outpatient arena, family physicians will be confronted with such issues as side effects of antiretroviral drugs, adherence to treatment regimens, and drug...

    Current Perspectives in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    MARILYN R. RICHARDSON

    Polycystic ovary syndrome, which affects women from adolescence through menopause, can cause long-term effects such as infertility, diabetes, and heart disease. Treatment options include hormones, insulin-sensitizing agents, weight loss, and exercise.

    Management of Crohn's Disease—A Practical Approach

    DOUG KNUTSON, GREG GREENBERG, HOLLY CRONAU

    The causes of Crohn's disease are thought to be environmental, genetic, dietary, infectious, or immunologic, although treatment guidelines are determined by the severity of disease.

    Inside AFP

    AFP—A Number of Years Ago

    Janis Wright

    Lately we've been doing a lot of housekeeping at the publishing offices of AFP. Although the editorial and production staffs spend most of their time creating the pages of AFP, sometimes duty calls, and we have to stop for other things. I'm not talking about the breaks we...

    Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

    Family Physicians Are an Important Source of Newborn Care: The Case of the State of Maine

    Family physicians (FPs) provided 30 percent of inpatient newborn care in Maine in the year 2000. FPs cared for a large proportion of newborns, especially those insured by Medicaid and in smaller, rural hospitals where FPs also delivered babies. Family medicine's commitment to...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Matthew Neff

    AAFP and ABFP Collaborate to Ease Transition to New Certification System | Project to Study Implementation of An Electronic Health Records System | HHS Releases Fact Sheet on Patient Safety Task Force | AHRQ Releases Women's Health Brochure for Screening Tests and Staying...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Evans, Heather McNeill, Shab Vakil

    Impatience and a feeling of time urgency may increase young persons' risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, according to a study presented at the scientific sessions of the American Heart Association and reported in Internal Medicine News. Of 3,142 persons 18...

    Editorials

    Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and Estrogen

    HEIDI D. NELSON

    Observational studies and clinical trials have shown that estrogen use can attenuate bone loss and reduce fracture risk in postmenopausal women. The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) supports findings from previous studies of estrogen and osteoporosis.1 In this large,...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    “The medication does help, and his schoolwork has improved,” explained the first grader's mother. “But, after three or four hours it wears off, and he is even worse than before.” TA had been this child's physician since he was a newborn. The parents had been reluctant to...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Which Nonsurgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Are Beneficial?

    JANET H. PIEHL

    A 38-year-old female machinist complains of intermittent right wrist pain of several weeks' duration. Her job requires her to press a single button on a drill press once per second.

    POEMs and Tips

    Even Low Levels of Lead Can Lower IQ

    MARK EBELL

    Blood Cultures Add Little to CAP Care

    MARK EBELL

    False-Positive Mammograms Do Not Deter Women

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Suicide Rates in Patients Taking Antidepressants

    DAVID SLAWSON

    Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    BCG Vaccination Does Not Lower the Risk of Atopy

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Fish Oil Stabilizes Atherosclerotic Plaques

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Low BMD Is Associated with Cognitive Decline in Women

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Diagnosing Patients with Pulmonary Embolism

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Raloxifene Therapy Does Not Affect Sexual Functioning

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Collagen vs. Hydrocolloid in Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Hypodermoclysis vs. IV Rehydration

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Ottawa Rules Simplify the Management of Ankle Injuries

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Immunity to CMV Reduces Risk of Congenital Infection

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Secondary Prevention in Women with Heart Disease

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Intermittent Chemotherapy Is Effective in Colorectal Cancer

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Managing Lower Extremity Venous Ulcers

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Practice Guidelines

    ACEP Releases Clinical Policy on Evaluation and Management of Pulmonary Embolism

    Matthew J. Neff

    The Clinical Policies Committee and the Clinical Policies Subcommittee on Suspected Pulmonary Embolism of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently released a clinical policy focusing on critical issues in the evaluation and management of patients with...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Carrie Morantz, Brian Torrey

    Selecting Toys for Young Children | ACOG Recommendations on Preterm Labor | FDA Advisory

    Letters to the Editor

    Chronic Use of Echinacea Should Be Discouraged

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    West Nile Virus

    Infection from West Nile virus has occurred in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Now the virus has spread to the United States, where it has been reported in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

    How to Take Your Medicines for HIV

    Combinations of medicines that are used to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, for short) are called ART. This stands for antiretroviral therapy (say: “an-tee-ret-ro-vi-rull”). If you have HIV, ART will not cure you, but it can help you fight off infections and live a...

    Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease causes ulcers to form in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Symptoms include stomach cramps and pain that comes and goes, diarrhea, and blood in your stool. Other symptoms include weight loss, nausea, joint pain, and feeling...



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