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    Interventions to Facilitate Smoking Cessation

    KOLAWOLE S. OKUYEMI, NICOLE L. NOLLEN, JASJIT S. AHLUWALIA

    Physicians can encourage smoking cessation by assessing the patient’s smoking status at every office visit, implementing office-based interventions, and providing support during cessation attempts. Interventions include counseling, physician referral to self-help resources,...

    Primary Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

    SALLY A. MRAVCAK

    Physicians can improve care for lesbians and bisexual women by acknowledging the potential barriers to care, working to create a therapeutic physician-patient relationship, and being aware of the range of health-related behaviors and medicolegal issues pertinent to these...

    Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Children: Part II. Rheumatic Causes

    JENNIFER L. JUNNILA, VICTORIA W. CARTWRIGHT

    Rheumatic causes of musculoskeletal pain in children include juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the spondyloarthropathies, acute rheumatic fever, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy may be useful early interventions, but...

    Opportunities to Improve Outcomes in Sickle Cell Disease

    SATYEN R. MEHTA, ARABA AFENYI-ANNAN, PATRICIA J. BYRNS, RICHARD LOTTENBERG

    Sickle cell disease can cause infection, stroke, and pulmonary hypertension. Preventive strategies include use of pneumococcal vaccine, antibiotic prophylaxis, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, recognition of acute chest syndrome, and hydroxyurea therapy.

    Inside AFP

    AFP’s Editorial Fellowship: Medical Editing, Teaching, and Clinical Care

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    Lara Johnson, M.D., and Laurie MacDonald Crain, M.D., have served as the John C. Rose medical editing fellows for AFP since last July. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to experience a wide range of responsibilities related to medical editing in addition to teaching...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    LIZ SMITH

    AMA Announces New Policies on DTC Advertising, Price Transparency | AAP Supports Recommendations of IOM Emergency Care Report | CDC Urges Awareness of Measles in Travelers to World Cup | FDA, ISMP Launch Campaign to Reduce Errors Caused by Abbreviations | CMS Proposes Changes...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    MEREDITH DESMOND

    Canadians are healthier than their American neighbors, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Even though Americans spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as Canada, Canadians have fewer unmet health needs, better access to...

    Editorials

    Beta2 Agonists in the Treatment of Asthma

    BARBARA YAWN

    The alert by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on use of long-acting beta2 agonists for the treatment of asthma1 has made headlines since it was issued on November 18, 2005. The advisory suggests that these agents should be reserved for patients whose asthma is not...

    Photo Quiz

    Soft Tissue Mass over Right Brow

    TRINA M. GATES, ERIC M. GESSLER

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

    STEPS

    Insulin Detemir (Levemir) for Diabetes Mellitus

    JENNIFER D. GOLDMAN-LEVINE

    Insulin detemir (Levemir) joins insulin glargine (Lantus) as the only other long-acting insulin analogue approved as basal therapy for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. It is indicated for use in adults and children in combination with short-acting insulin for type 1...

    POEMs

    Norethindrone More Effective for Menses Suppression

    LINDA FRENCH

    FOBT in Healthy Patients Does Not Reduce Mortality

    MARK EBELL

    Topiramate vs. Placebo for Essential Tremor

    HENRY BARRY

    Practice Guidelines

    CDC Releases Guidelines on Antimicrobial Agents for the Treatment and Postexposure Prophylaxis of Pertussis

    LISA GRAHAM

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on antimicrobial agents for the treatment and postexposure prophylaxis of pertussis.

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    Influenza Vaccination Coverage of Children in the United States

    LISA GRAHAM

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report on influenza vaccination coverage of children younger than two years during the 2003 to 2004 influenza season.

    Letters to the Editor

    Consider the Public Health Implications of Tuberculosis

    KURT W. COOK

    Tips from Other Journals

    Does Depression Affect Adherence to CHD Treatment?

    KARL E. MILLER

    Walking for Exercise Slows Functional Decline in PAD

    KENNETH W. LIN

    Prophylactic Antibiotics Do Not Prevent Recurrent UTIs

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

    Many people try to quit smoking four or five times before they are able to stop. The following tips can help you quit for good. Ask your doctor which are best for you.

    Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women

    For you to get the best care and advice, you and your doctor should be able to talk openly. For example, if your doctor does not know about your life partner, your doctor cannot consult your loved one in a medical emergency. If your doctor does not know your sexual practices,...

    When Your Child Has Sickle Cell Disease

    Sickle cell disease is a type of blood disease that children inherit from their parents. It causes red blood cells (see picture) to make abnormal hemoglobin (say: HEE-mo-globe-in). Hemoglobin is the part of the blood that carries oxygen in the body. To tell if your child has...



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