JOONG MO AHN, GEORGES Y. EL-KHOURY
Chronic foot pain is a common and disabling condition that has a broad spectrum of potential causes. In addition to a careful history and physical examination, imaging tests can be useful for diagnosis and management. The American College of Radiology has developed an...
CHRISTIAN L. HERMANSEN, KEVIN N. LORAH
The most common causes of respiratory distress in the newborn are transient tachypnea of the newborn, respiratory distress syndrome, and meconium aspiration syndrome. Mild distress may warrant observation and pulse oximetry; severe distress requires immediate resuscitation,...
JEFFREY D. TIEMSTRA, NANDINI KHATKHATE
Bell's palsy is a peripheral palsy of the facial nerve that results in unilateral facial weakness. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of patients will have their symptoms resolve spontaneously; however, treatment started within three days of the onset of symptoms is recommended...
KALYANAKRISHNAN RAMAKRISHNAN, ROBERT C. SALINAS
The main causes of peptic ulcer disease in the United States are infection with Helicobacter pylori and use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients who are older than 55 years or whose symptoms indicate a complication or malignancy should have prompt endoscopy. In...
JAY SIWEK, EDITOR
Today we honor one of our own, Dr. Karl Miller, assistant medical editor, who died recently of rapidly progressive kidney cancer. Karl had been with AFP for 10 years. He edited manuscripts, wrote Tips from Other Journals, and supervised the Newsletter department. But more...
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According to a survey conducted by Learndirect, an adult learning organization based in the United Kingdom, 10 percent of parents have difficulty understanding the bedtime stories they read to their children. The survey included 1,000 parents, each of whom had one or more...
In a recent AFP article on sideline management of head and neck injuries, Dr. White-side correctly stated that there is no general agreement on clinical markers of concussion severity or on the appropriate management of concussions.1 However, experts have provided physicians...
A 42-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes has not achieved glycemic control with lifestyle modifications after three months.
Opioid Analgesia During Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain
Repeat Cesarean Delivery vs. Planned Induction of Labor
We found no randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing antithyroid drug treatment with placebo in persons with hyperthyroidism, although there is consensus that treatment is beneficial. We found no RCTs comparing antithyroid drugs (carbimazole, propylthiouracil, or...
YANG XIA, DAVID W. BRAY
A 35-year-old woman at 31 weeks of gestation presented with an extremely pruritic rash that began on her abdomen (see accompanying figure). She stated that she had a similar rash during her first pregnancy that spontaneously resolved after delivery. The most recent rash began...
PATRICIA BOUKNIGHT, LESLIE MACKLER, MARK HEFFINGTON
When statin therapy is not tolerated, what are the best alternative treatments for patients with hyperlipidemia?
KARL E. MILLER
KENNETH T. MOON
I am part of a group practice in which physicians commonly see each other's patients. When I see a particular colleague's patient, the patient's health maintenance is often not up to date, and I do not trust that the physician has followed up on clinical issues. When I see...
Guideline source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Bell's palsy is a paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. It usually develops over one to three days, and then slowly improves or completely goes away in one to three months. Most people with Bell's palsy recover, but some are left with weakness on one side of the...
A peptic ulcer is a sore in your stomach or small intestine. It happens when the juices that help break down food damage the lining of your stomach or intestine. Ulcers usually affect people who are 25 to 64 years of age.
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