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,...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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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...
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...
TRINA M. GATES, ERIC M. GESSLER
Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.
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...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on antimicrobial agents for the treatment and postexposure prophylaxis of pertussis.
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.
KURT W. COOK
KARL E. MILLER
KENNETH W. LIN
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.
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,...
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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