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    Evaluation of Chronic Dyspnea

    NEEL G. KARNANI, GARY M. REISFIELD, GEORGE R. WILSON

    Establishing an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of dyspnea is essential to treatment and management.

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome: A Common Source of Knee Pain

    RAZIB KHAUND, SHARON H. FLYNN

    Establishing an accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of dyspnea is essential to treatment and management.

    Evidence-Based Prenatal Care: Part II. Third-Trimester Care and Prevention of Infectious Diseases

    COLLEEN KIRKHAM, SUSAN HARRIS, STEFAN GRZYBOWSKI

    Pregnant women should be offered screening for infections such as asymptomatic bacteriuria, syphilis, rubella, and hepatitis B as well as human immunodeficiency virus infection. High-risk patients also should be tested for gonorrhea, hepatitis C, and chlamydial infection....

    Indications and Recommendations for Pacemaker Therapy

    GABRIEL GREGORATOS

    Pacemaker therapy can be prescribed for a variety of reasons, including sinus node dysfunction and acquired atrioventricular block. It also is effective in preventing and treating some tachyarrhythmias and neurocardiogenic syncope.

    Inside AFP

    Reader Surveys Help Determine AFP's Direction

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    Have you ever wondered how the editorial direction of American Family Physician is determined? There are several factors taken into consideration, including your feedback on the response cards in each issue and comments received on our Web site. The editors keep a finger on...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    CARRIE A. MORANTZ

    Demand for Subspecialists May Jeopardize Public Health | CDC Survey Reveals Limited Use of Electronic Health Records Systems | SAMHSA Offers $12.4 Million in Grants for Child Trauma Initiative | Preventive Diabetes Care Could Save $2.5 Billion per Year | 2-1-1 Program...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    AMBER HUNTZINGER, LAURA COUGHLIN

    Most diets don't work. Anybody surprised? Study results conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, and reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recently examined nine popular weight-loss programs, finding limited evidence for long-term success and a high cost per pound...

    Editorials

    Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis: Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    SCOTT D. GROSSE, COLEEN A. BOYLE, JOSÉ F. CORDERO

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published recommendations for newborn screening for cystic fibrosis in the October 15, 2004, recommendations and reports series of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.1 In this report, the CDC concludes that screening for...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary

    KATHY SOCH

    “I did not want to make an appointment,” the patient said, “because I was afraid to find out that I have diabetes.” This was the explanation offered by a smart, successful, 50-year-old businesswoman who had not seen a doctor in more than 10 years. She went on to tell me that...

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria: Recommendation Statement

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last addressed screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in the 1996 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2d ed., and made the following recommendations: all pregnant women should be screened for asymptomatic bacteriuria using...

    STEPS

    Ethinyl Estradiol/Levonorgestrel (Seasonale) for Oral Contraception

    STEPHEN A. WILSON, HEATHER A. KUDIS

    Ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel (Seasonale) is the first extended-cycle oral contraceptive. With Seasonale, women take active hormone for 84 consecutive days, then hormone-free tablets for 7 days, resulting in one menstrual period every three months. Each active tablet...

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Diagnosing Rotator Cuff Tears

    MARK H. EBELL

    Does this patient with shoulder pain have a rotator cuff tear?

    Photo Quiz

    A Newborn with an Umbilical Mass

    DONNA I. MELTZER

    A six-week-old male infant was brought to the office by his mother. During a diaper change, she noted a lesion in the umbilicus (see accompanying figure). The infant was born at term by primary cesarean section. He was feeding well and gaining weight appropriately. The lesion...

    POEMs

    Use of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators After MI

    MARK EBELL

    Bracing After ACL Repair Does Not Improve Function

    HENRY BARRY

    Does Lipid Lowering Decrease Stroke Risk?

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Mammography Screening Intervals Questioned

    HENRY BARRY

    Tips from Other Journals

    Glucose Tolerance and Change in Cognition in Older Adults

    KARL E. MILLER

    Prescribing Antibiotics for Bronchitis in Older Patients

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    LMWH as Bridge Anticoagulation During Warfarin Interruption

    KARL E. MILLER

    Does Beginning HT Earlier Decrease Mortality?

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Practice Guidelines

    CDC Releases Recommendations for State Newborn Screening Programs for Cystic Fibrosis

    MATTHEW J. NEFF

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released recommendations on the screening of newborns for cystic fibrosis. The report includes an evaluation of the benefits and risks of this type of screening. It also provides recommendations on how to effectively...

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    MATTHEW J. NEFF

    Improving the Quality of Care for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus | ACS Releases 2005 Edition of <i>Cancer Facts &amp; Figures</i>

    Letters to the Editor

    Influence of Video Games on Children's Health

    ADAM DIMITROV

    Population-Based Strategy to Reverse the Obesity Epidemic

    KATHLEEN MCAULIFFE

    Benefit vs. Harm of Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

    JOSHUA STEINBERG

    Treating Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Why Am I Short of Breath?

    When you are short of breath, it may feel like you can't catch your breath or your chest may feel tight. Often, it is worse when you exercise or are being active. It can be worse when you lie down flat. You may have other symptoms such as a cough, chest pains, or fever. If...

    Infections During Pregnancy: What You Should Know

    Most sicknesses that happen while you are pregnant are not serious. But there are some infections that can hurt your baby, such as chickenpox, German measles, and some sexually transmitted infections.



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