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    Treatment Options for Insomnia

    KALYANAKRISHNAN RAMAKRISHNAN, DEWEY C. SCHEID

    Management of chronic insomnia should begin with nonpharmacologic therapies, such as relaxation therapy, exercise, and cognitive behavior therapy. Effective pharmacologic treatment options include benzodiazepine and nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics.

    Radiologic Evaluation of Acute Chest Pain—Suspected Myocardial Ischemia

    WILLIAM STANFORD

    Many imaging tests are available to help accurately and quickly diagnose patients with acute chest pain. The American College of Radiology has developed appro-priateness criteria to rate and determine the applicability of each test and to help physicians make decisions...

    Vibrio vulnificus Infection: Diagnosis and Treatment

    MICHAEL H. BROSS, KATHLEEN SOCH, ROBERT MORALES, RAYFORD B. MITCHELL

    This virulent bacterium causes septicemia and necrotizing wound infection. Treatment includes antibiotic therapy; appropriate wound care; and, when indicated, supportive therapy in the intensive-care setting.

    Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

    SY ATEZAZ SAEED, RICHARD M. BLOCH, DIANA J. ANTONACCI

    Use of herbal remedies and dietary supplements has increased in recent years, especially among persons with anxiety and depression. For several of these products, data show that the potential for benefit seems greater than that for harm with short-term use. Physicians and...

    Inside AFP

    Reaccreditation for the AAFP and a New Series for AFP

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    The value of the continuing medical education (CME) offered by the Academy, particularly in American Family Physician, was described in this space in the April 1, 2007, issue. That column also briefly explained the reaccreditation process being conducted by the Accreditation...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    House Bill Would Eliminate SGR-Based Payment System by 2010 | SCHIP Legislation May Promote Patient-Centered Medical Home | Law to Make Prescriptions Tamper-resistant Raises Concerns | State Scorecard Offers Models for Improving Health Care System | Medical Home Model Found...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    SHERRI DAMLO

    According to study results published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, former professional foot-ball players who have had multiple concussions may be at risk of clinical depression. Questionnaires that asked about previous injuries and other general health...

    Editorials

    Introducing the American College of Radiology Series

    SUMI SEXTON, MICHAEL BETTMANN

    Since the creation of the “Radiographic Highlights” series in 1982, AFP has shown its dedication to helping readers learn about and use various radiographic tools for diagnosis and management. This series of short articles led to the comprehensive “Radiologic Decision-Making”...

    Close-ups

    The Empty Chair

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Predicting Pneumonia in Adults with Respiratory Illness

    MARK H. EBELL

    Identifying patients with pneumonia (defined as acute respiratory illness with an infiltrate seen on a chest radiograph) is important.

    Photo Quiz

    Yellow-White Retinal Lesion in a 48-Year-Old Woman

    WICO W. LAI

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

    STEPS

    Quadrivalent HPV Recombinant Vaccine (Gardasil) for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer

    ANGIE L. GOESER

    The HPV vaccine is safe and effective in preventing genital warts and cervical changes that may lead to cervical cancer, and it is recommended as part of the vaccination series in females 11 to 12 years of age. It can be given to females as young as 9 or 10 years of age, and...

    Practice Guidelines

    ACIP Releases Recommendations for Hepatitis B Vaccine Use in Adults

    SHERRI DAMLO

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released recommendations for hepatitis B vaccine use in adults. The most effective way to prevent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is administration of the hepatitis B vaccine.

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    SHERRI DAMLO

    ACOG Releases Guidelines on the Use of SSRIs During Pregnancy

    Practice Guideline Briefs

    SHERRI DAMLO

    CDC Reports on Racial Differences in Patients with ESRD

    Letters to the Editor

    Conflicting Evidence on Splints for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Tips from Other Journals

    Vitamin E Does Not Protect Cognitive Function

    KARL E. MILLER

    Ketogenic Diet for Seizure Control in Children

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    MRI Is More Appropriate for Initial Evaluation of Stroke

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Do Opioid Medications Relieve Chronic Back Pain?

    KENNETH W. LIN

    Lifestyle Intervention and BMD in AdolescentGirls

    KARL E. MILLER

    Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer Effective in Older Men

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Insomnia: What You Should Know

    Insomnia is when you often can';t fall asleep or when you wake up in the night and can';t go back to sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep every night. People 65 years and older may sleep less at night and nap during the day.

    Vibrio vulnificus Infection: What You Should Know

    Vibrio vulnificus (VIB-ree-oh vul-NIF-i-cus) is a germ found in warm seawater. If you eat shellfish (especially oysters) or other seafood that has the germ, you can get an infection.



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