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    Disaster-Related Physical and Mental Health: A Role for the Family Physician

    JOHN R. FREEDY, WILLIAM M. SIMPSON, JR.

    The use of primary health care services increases for 12 or more months following a major disaster. It is important for physicians to understand individual and environmental risk factors that influence post-disaster health, as well as educate themselves regarding disaster...

    Infertility

    ALAINA B. JOSE-MILLER, JENNIFER W. BOYDEN, KEITH A. FREY

    Major causes of infertility include male factors, ovarian dysfunction, tubal disease, endometriosis, and uterine or cervical factors. To successfully treat infertility, physicians must first determine the cause in the individual patient.

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Impetigo

    CHARLES COLE, JOHN GAZEWOOD

    Although impetigo usually heals spontaneously without scarring, treatment can relieve the discomfort, improve cosmetic appearance, and help prevent the spread of this highly contagious condition.

    Common Spider Bites

    JAMES H. DIAZ, KIM EDWARD LEBLANC

    Although most spider bites are harmless, some spiders produce toxic venom that can cause skin lesions, systemic illnesses, and neurotoxicity. Some of the more common venomous bites are inflicted by widow and recluse spiders. Early species identification and specific...

    Prevention and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage

    JANICE M. ANDERSON, DUNCAN ETCHES

    Although risk factors have been identified, postpartum hemorrhage may occur in women with no risk factors, so physicians must be prepared to manage this condition at every delivery. A methodical examination is required to diagnose and manage the specific cause.

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    Peer Reviewers Help Ensure AFP Quality

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    The peer review system used for AFP manuscripts helps ensure that the published content is of the highest standards. Manuscripts submitted to AFP go through this process before it's decided whether they will be accepted for publication. Manuscripts are initially reviewed by...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Title VII Funds Increase in 2007 Continuing Appropriations Resolution | Medicaid Enrollment Numbers Fall After Introduction of New Rule | AAFP Responds to HPV Vaccination Requirement for School Entry | Initiative Promises Innovation, Creativity in Residency Education | Survey...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    SHERRI DAMLO

    Drinking a glass of milk and eating a slice of toast with honey or syrup may combat that St. Patrick's Day hangover. Acetaldehyde, a toxic chemical the body produces from ingested alcohol, induces hangover symptoms such as nausea and headaches. Therefore, undoing the...

    Editorials

    Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

    MICHAEL M. MILLER, RANDALL T. BROWN

    Controlled substances are potentially beneficial medications, but they also have the capacity to produce euphoria. Some regular users lose control over their use, escalate the dosage, and become addicted.1 Misuse of prescription narcotics commonly occurs in the United States;...

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Estimating 10-Year Mortality Risk

    MARK H. EBELL

    What is a patient's risk of dying from vascular disease, cancer, infection, an accident, or any cause within the next 10 years?

    Photo Quiz

    Distal Upper Extremity Edema and Discoloration

    SCOTT KIRSCH, MAX BAYARD, KATIE DARRAJ

    A 79-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer, atrial fibrillation, left middle cerebral artery infarct with continued right hemiparesis, and a post–cerebrovascular accident seizure disorder presented to a rural hospital for a prolonged seizure. She was given...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Are Physicians Giving the Right Message About Antibiotic Use?

    KARL E. MILLER

    Does Oral Contraceptive Use Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Cardiovascular Risk with NSAIDs and COX-2 Inhibitors

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Which Smokers Develop COPD?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Effect of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Fracture Risk

    KARL E. MILLER

    GERD Symptoms Differ with Patient Age

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Inhaled Insulin vs. Traditional Agents for Diabetes

    CLARISSA KRIPKE

    Advantages of Providing a Year's Supply of Oral Contraception

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Hot Air Treatment Is Effective Against Head Lice

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Calcium and Vitamin D Prevent Hypocalcemia After Thyroidectomy

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Patient Education Intervention for Depression Treatment

    KARL E. MILLER

    Most Causes of Syncope Can Be Identified in Older Patients

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Does Lactobacillus acidophilus Prevent Traveler's Diarrhea?

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Impact of HPV Immunization on Gynecologic Cancers

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Medication Nonadherence Affects Diabetes Treatment

    KARL E. MILLER

    Circumcision Is Associated with Decreased STI Risk

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Practice Guidelines

    AAN Releases Recommendations on Treatment of Parkinson's Disease

    SHERRI DAMLO

    Guideline source: American Academy of Neurology

    ACIP Recommends Routine Rotavirus Vaccinations in Infants and Children

    SHERRI DAMLO

    Guideline source: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    LISA GRAHAM

    CDC Reports on Vaccination Coverage of Children Entering School

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    LISA GRAHAM

    ACOG Releases Opinion on Inducing Labor for VBAC

    Letters to the Editor

    Management of Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis

    VIKRAM ARORA, SWATI ARORA

    Relationship Between Certain Medications and Cirrhosis

    JAMES H. LEWIS

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Infertility: What You Should Know

    It is when a couple has tried to get pregnant for at least a year without being able to. About 10 or 15 out of every 100 couples have trouble getting pregnant within one year.

    Impetigo: What You Should Know

    Impetigo (im-puh-TY-go) is a skin infection caused by bacteria. It is a rash that starts as a small red spot or bump and turns into a blister. The blisters break easily and leave a honey-colored crust. Sometimes the blisters get very large. They usually are on the face or...

    Corrections

    Correction

    The article “Using Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin to Treat Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C” (August 15, 2005, page655) contained several errors in Figure 2 on page 661. First, in the middle column, the text should have read as follows: “Viral load low but still...



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