JERI R. REID, STEPHEN F. WHEELER
The proper treatment of hyperthyroidism depends on recognition of the signs and symptoms of the disease and determination of the etiology. Family physicians should be aware of the major causes of and treatments for hyperthyroidism.
CHARLES F. BELLOWS, DAVID H. BERGER, RICHARD A. CRASS
Pain associated with gallstones typically is located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. In most patients, gallstones can be treated expectantly.
ROCKY BACELIERI, SANDRA MARCHESE JOHNSON
Although no single therapy has been shown to achieve complete remission, the two most common treatments for cutaneous warts are patient-applied salicylic acid and physician-administered cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen. A variety of second-line therapies are available.
RAYMOND P. WARD, MARCELO KUGELMAS
Chronic hepatitis C virus is a common blood-borne infection that may be treated with the combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin.
MARK H. EBELL
What is the prognosis for a patient with terminal cancer?
JOYCE A. MERRIMAN
The AFP team is pleased to welcome two editorial fellows for the 2005–2006 year. Lara Johnson, M.D., and Laurie MacDonald Crain, M.D., have accepted the John C. Rose medical editing fellowship. As of July 1, they joined the medical editors based at Georgetown University...
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AMBER HUNTZINGER, LAURA COUGHLIN
Money isn’t the only reason that some older Americans don’t take their prescription drugs. Health Affairs published the results of a prescription drug survey given to 17,685 Medicare recipients. The cost of the drugs was the leading reason that prescriptions were not filled ...
MIRIAM J. ALTER
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects an estimated 3 million persons in the United States, most of them younger than 50 years.1 Most of these infections are asymptomatic until advanced liver disease develops. HCV infection is one of the leading causes of chronic...
GURVANEET S. RANDHAWA, NED CALONGE
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a nonfederal, independent panel of scientists with notable experience in primary care and evidence-based medicine, is convened and supported by the Agency for Health-care Research and Quality and charged by Congress to develop...
Historically, osteopathic physicians have made an important contribution to the primary care workforce. More than one half of osteopathic physicians are primary care physicians, and most of these are family physicians. However, the proportion of osteopathic students choosing...
My first patient today wanted to talk about his wife’s health rather than his own. “My wife has seen three doctors this year for her arthritis, and not one of them has counseled her about how important it is to her health for her to lose weight,” the patient complained. I...
This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for pancreatic cancer and the supporting scientific evidence and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2d ed.1 In 1996,...
FRANCIS X. HALL, DAVID W. BRAY
A 57-year-old man presented with a three-week history of a red, ring-like rash on the thighs, hips, and flexor surfaces of his arms (see accompanying figure). The lesions began as pinkish papules and expanded centrifugally. The center of the lesions began clearing and left an...
KRISTINA E. WARD, ANNE L. HUME
Olmesartan (Benicar) is an angiotensin-II receptor blocker (ARB) labeled for the treatment of hypertension as monotherapy or in combination with other antihypertensive agents. Olmesartan blocks the binding of angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor, to angiotensin type 1(AT1...
ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY
ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY
KARL E. MILLER
ANNE D. WALLING
KARL E. MILLER
A 34-year-old pregnant patient (gravida 2, para 0, at 28 weeks gestation) has asked one of my partners if she can schedule a cesarean delivery rather than go into labor. Because I am the family physician in my group who is privileged for cesarean deliveries, my partner has...
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the results of a systematic review on managing menopause-related symptoms. The full report, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 120, “Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms,” is available online at...
CARRIE A. MORANTZ, LIZ SMITH
CDC Recommendations on Lead Poisoning in Refugee Children
David L. Smith
M. DEAN HAVRON, JR
Hyperthyroidism (say: hi-per-THI-royd-iz-um) is when you have an overactive thyroid. The thyroid is a gland in your neck (see the figure). It makes a hormone that helps your body’s metabolism (the way your body uses food and energy). An overactive thyroid can cause weight...
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