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    Management of Staphylococcus aureus Infections

    DAVID M. BAMBERGER, SARAH E. BOYD

    S. aureus infections are of growing concern for family physicians because of the high incidence, morbidity, and mortality. Rates of antimicrobial resistance are increasing in community-acquired and nosocomial infections.

    Urinary Tract Infection in Children

    BRIAN S. ALPER, SARAH H. CURRY

    Despite recommendations, new evidence suggests that routine imaging studies do not improve clinical outcomes of uncomplicated urinary tract infection in children.

    An Approach to the Postpartum Office Visit

    CAROL E. BLENNING, HEATHER PALADINE

    Physicians are instrumental in helping new mothers transition smoothly to the postpartum period. A structured approach to postpartum office visits can ensure that patients' physical and emotional health concerns are addressed sufficiently and that any postpartum problems are...

    Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    SUSAN K. HADLEY, STEPHEN M. GAARDER

    Therapies for this common syndrome should target specific gastrointestinal dysfunctions (e.g., constipation, diarrhea, pain). If nonprescription remedies do not alleviate symptoms, or if symptoms are severe, pharmacotherapy should be considered.

    Inside AFP

    Diary Calls it a Day

    SUMI M. SEXTON

    In January 1992, the first issue of Family Physician's Notebook: Diary from a Week in Practice was filled with stories ranging from nocturnal leg cramps in an elderly man, to pixie dust for a teen's contused foot, to treating scabies in a six-month-old infant. The first...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    SARAH J. EVANS

    AAFP, ACP, AOA Urge Congress to Stop Medicare Payment Cuts | HHS Awards Emergency Health Care Aid to Louisiana Katrina Victims | HHS Grants Contracts for Nationwide Health Information Network | FDA Introduces Electronic Drug Labels to Improve Patient Safety | HHS Launches U.S...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    MEREDITH DESMOND

    Does having a better education help you sleep at night? According to a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, it does—for women. Data were analyzed from a national study that followed the social trends of almost 40,000 people in Taiwan....

    Editorial

    The Postpartum Visit: Is Six Weeks Too Late?

    BARBARA S. APGAR, DAVID SERLIN, AMANDA KAUFMAN

    Aside from discharge planning in the hospital or a home nurse visit, a new mother may have no further contact with a physician until the six-week postpartum office visit. Blenning and Paladine discuss the traditional six-week postpartum visit in this issue of American Family...

    Integrating Genetic Counseling into Family Medicine

    JEFFREY R. MARTIN, ADAM S. WILIKOFSKY

    There has been a recent explosion of knowledge in genetics. This “big bang” and its ensuing discoveries are affecting medical understanding of both rare and common disorders. However, many new findings, especially in the realm of predictive genetic testing, have greatly...

    Diary

    Diary

    KATHY SOCH

    “I am so proud of you!” I exclaimed to the nine-year-old boy. His beaming face showed that he was proud of himself too, and his mother looked as though she was about to burst with pride. The third grader had found out that he had scored “commendable” on the state achievement...

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Predicting the Risk of Recurrence After Surgery for Prostate Cancer

    MARK H. EBELL

    A previous Point-of-Care Guide identified a clinical decision rule that estimates the likelihood of an abnormal biopsy for prostate cancer. One of the next questions facing the patient and his physician is the likelihood of recurrence after surgery.

    Photo Quiz

    Unilateral Vision Loss with a Macular Star

    WAI-MAN CHAN, CARMEN K. M. CHAN, DENNIS S. C. LAM

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

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

    JANELLE GUIRGUIS-BLAKE

    Case study: In keeping with the 2002 recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that women 65 years of age and older should be screened for osteoporosis, you have ordered a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry test for a 66-year-old white woman. The...

    STEPS

    Rifaximin (Xifaxan) for Traveler's Diarrhea

    AMY J. KEENUM, M. DAVID STOCKTON

    Rifaximin is safe and effective for treatment in most patients with traveler's diarrhea, but it offers no advantages over ciprofloxacin. At the same cost, it has a less convenient dosage interval than ciprofloxacin and has more limitations.

    POEMs

    Acupuncture and Placebo Equal for Fibromyalgia

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Dermoscopy Is More Sensitive Than the Unaided Eye

    MARK EBELL

    Aspirin and Warfarin After Myocardial Infarction

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Metformin Increases Fertility in Patients with PCOS

    HENRY BARRY

    Tips from Other Journals

    Inadequate Compliance with UTI Guidelines for Children

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Bedrest vs. Ambulation in Initial Treatment of DVT or PE

    KARL E. MILLER

    Controversies Related to Gestational Diabetes

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Patient Age in Relationship to Duration of Office Visit

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Practice Guidelines

    The 2006 Adult Immunization Schedule: Improving Immunization Rates

    JONATHAN L. TEMTE

    The 2006 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule provides a concise tool to help family physicians identify who to vaccinate, when to vaccinate, and which vaccine to use.

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    AAP Policy Statement on Lead Exposure in Children

    SARAH EVANS

    The Committee on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a policy statement on lead exposure in children.

    CDC Releases Report on Preventable Measles

    MONICA PREBOTH

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a report on preventable measles in the United States.

    AAP Clinical Report on Infant Methemoglobinemia

    MONICA PREBOTH

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a clinical report on the risk factors of nitrate poisoning in infants. Health care professionals who suspect that an infant has methemoglobinemia should contact the local poison control center or a toxicologist to...

    Letters to the Editor

    Case Report: Extrapyramidal CNS Toxicity from a Lidocaine Epidural

    Eugene Lesser,

    Cutaneous Warts: Is Surgical Excision Still A Viable Option?

    Duct Tape Is an Effective Treatment for Common Warts

    Case Report: Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome

    DEVAKINANDA V. PASUPULETI, MARYANN MIRANDA, VENKATARAMANA VATTIPALLY

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Taking Care of Yourself After Having a Baby

    Most healthy women do not have any serious medical problems after they have a baby (called the postpartum period). However, some women may be tired, have less interest in sex, and have vaginal pain. More serious concerns include problems with your thyroid (a gland in your...

    Corrections

    Correction



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