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    Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer: Evaluating the Evidence

    VIBHA BHATNAGAR, ROBERT M. KAPLAN

    Controversy surrounds the management options for localized prostate cancer. Because of the uncertain efficacy and risk of long-term complications of conservative management, prostatectomy, and radiation therapy, physicians should engage patients in the decision-making process.

    Management of Pregnancy Beyond 40 Weeks' Gestation

    DONALD BRISCOE, HAYLEY NGUYEN, MELANIE MENCER, NEETA GAUTAM, DANIEL B. KALB

    Physicians should be familiar with the risks and benefits of intervention and expectant management to counsel women with pregnancies beyond 42 weeks' gestation. Antenatal surveillance is used to monitor post-term pregnancies, but there is no evidence that this monitoring...

    Evaluation of Poststreptococcal Illness

    RICARDO G. HAHN, LYNDA M. KNOX, TODD A. FORMAN

    Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis, scarlet fever, and asymptomatic carrier states are associated with poststreptococcal suppurative and nonsuppurative complications, including rheumatic fever, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with...

    Childhood Asthma: Treatment Update

    A. URSULLA COURTNEY, DANIEL F. MCCARTER, SUSAN M. POLLART

    Acute care of asthma in children relies on inhaled beta2 agonists and anticholinergics, while chronic care focuses on the use of corticosteroids, leukotriene inhibitors, and nedocromil to control the underlying airway inflammation.

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    A Tribute to Four Decades of Service

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    When I recently wrote about the complexities of gettingAFP to you, I had no idea that one of the key people in that process soon would be announcing her retirement. Kathy Mayfield, production director, is retiring after nearly 41 years of service to AAFP in the publications...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    CARRIE A. MORANTZ

    AAFP Urges Members to Use Vaccine Prebooking Plan for Next Flu Season | NIH Starts Global Network for Research Training on Trauma and Injury | Healthy People 2010 Achieves Goal of Reducing Foodborne Illnesses | CDC Requesting Family Physicians to Participate in Flu Care...

    The Quantum Sufficit

    The Quantum Sufficit

    AMBER HUNTZINGER, LAURA COUGHLIN

    Can people really be scared to death or die of a broken heart? Yes, according a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that sudden stress such as shock, anger, fear, or grief can cause severe but reversible left ventricular dysfunction in...

    Editorials

    The Liability of Giving Patients a Choice: Shared Decision Making and Prostate Cancer

    STEVEN H. WOOLF, ALEX KRIST

    In the early 1990s, guidelines on screening for prostate cancer were in sharp conflict. The American Urological Association, American Cancer Society, and other groups advocated screening, while conservative organizations such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the...

    Diary

    Diary

    PAUL GROSS

    When Maude Johnson, a serene 71-year-old woman with schizophrenia, congestive heart failure, and hyperlipidemia, begins her visit by handing me a letter, my curiosity is piqued. “Dear Dr. Gross,” it begins, “I am writing to let you know that I have an understanding with God....

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents: Recommendation Statement

    This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents and the supporting scientific evidence and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services,...

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Evidence-Based Adjustment of Warfarin (Coumadin) Doses

    MARK H. EBELL

    A previous Point-of-Care Guides article,1 presented several validated approaches to the initiation of anticoagulation therapy with warfarin. Once a patient is receiving warfarin, it is important to have a systematic approach to the management of anticoagulation and adjustment...

    Photo Quiz

    Persistent Cough and Worsening Dyspnea

    JEFFREY M. EDMONDSON, DANA RENTA

    Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

    POEMs

    PEG 3350 vs. Lactulose for Constipation in Children

    MARK EBELL

    False-Positive PSA Associated with Increased Worry, Fears

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Intravenous Treatment of Cellulitis Preferred in Home

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Probiotic Useful for Preventing Relapse of Ulcerative Colitis

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Revascularization Not Helpful Before Major Vascular Surgery

    MARK EBELL

    Tips from Other Journals

    Menorrhagia and Screening for von Willebrand Disease

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Impact of Antidepressants on Somatic Symptoms

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Use of Benzodiazepines and Fractures in Older Persons

    KARL E. MILLER

    Drug Therapy for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

    BILL ZEPF

    Varying Mortality Reduction Among ACE Inhibitors

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Practice Guidelines

    Management of Bacterial Meningitis: New Guidelines from the IDSA

    LIZ SMITH

    Bacterial meningitis is a neurologic emergency; progression to more severe disease reduces the patient’s likelihood of a full recovery. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has issued new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial meningitis.

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    Improving the Quality of Care for Patients with Hypertension

    LAURA COUGHLIN

    Improving the Quality of Care for Patients with Hypertension

    Use of Antiretrovirals to Prevent HIV Infection from a Nonoccupational Source

    LAURA COUGHLIN

    Use of Antiretrovirals to Prevent HIV Infection from a Nonoccupational Source

    Letters to the Editor

    Atropine and Scopolamine For the Treatment of Sialorrhea

    Missed Subtarsal Foreign Body in Patient Presenting with Ocular Injury

    Krishnappa C. MADHUSUDHANA, Partha CHAKRABORTY

    Procedural Advice for Performing Anal Pap Smears

    Atomoxetine in the Treatment of Patients with ADHD

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Early Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know

    The prostate is a gland that only men have. It surrounds a part of the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (see figure below). Prostate cancer happens when cells in this gland grow out of control and clump together to form tumors. These tumors can kill...

    Post-term Pregnancy: What You Should Know

    A pregnancy is called post-term when the baby is two weeks past its due date. One out of every 10 to 20 pregnancies is post-term.

    Treating My Child’s Asthma

    Asthma is when the tubes that bring air into the lungs get irritated and swollen. This makes the tubes get smaller, and it becomes hard to breathe.



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