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    Diagnosis of Ear Pain

    JOHN W. ELY, MARLAN R. HANSEN, ELIZABETH C. CLARK

    Causes of primary otalgia include otitis media and otitis externa, and the diagnosis is typically apparent on examination. Secondary otalgia has many potential causes, making diagnosis more difficult. If the diagnosis is not clear from the history and physical examination,...

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Female Sexual Dysfunction

    JENNIFER E. FRANK, PATRICIA MISTRETTA, JOSHUA WILL

    A comprehensive sexual history is an important component of primary care and can help identify women with sexual complaints. Although patient education and therapy are the basis of treatment, the role of pharmacotherapy in treating female sexual dysfunction is being investigated.

    Urinary Retention in Adults: Diagnosis and Initial Management

    BRIAN A. SELIUS, RAJESH SUBEDI

    Causes of urinary retention can be classified as obstructive, infectious and inflammatory, pharmacologic, neurogenic, or other. A thorough history, physical examination, and selected diagnostic testing should determine the cause in most patients and management may include...

    Tourette's Syndrome

    CHRISTOPHER KENNEY, SHENG-HAN KUO, JOOHI JIMENEZ-SHAHED

    Diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome may be challenging because it mimics many hyperkinetic disorders. Treatment can be behavioral, pharmacologic, or surgical, depending on the type and severity of symptoms, and can substantially improve quality of life and functioning in...

    Inside AFP

    AFP Web Site Improvements Reflect Academy Brand

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    The Academy's branding initiative was described in this column in the January 1, 2008, issue. A segment of this campaign involves redesigning the Web site to feature the new seal and depict the Academy's position as the “bold champion” for family physicians. The new design of...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    President Bush's final budget proposal calls for deep reductions in funding for Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as the elimination of health care initiatives important to primary care. The proposal, which is part of the 2009 fiscal year budget, includes eliminating...

    AFP Journal Club

    Fluticasone or Salmeterol Alone vs. Combination Therapy for COPD

    MARK A. GRABER, ROBERT DACHS, ANDREA DARBY-STEWART

    Purpose

    Editorials

    Lessons from Torcetrapib: Putting Patient-Oriented Evidence First

    ROBERT M. EWART

    The logic is simple. Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol are a risk factor for coronary disease. Torcetrapib raises HDL levels; therefore, it should prevent coronary disease. However, Pfizer Inc. recently withdrew its licensing application for torcetrapib...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing Practices for Hospital Inpatients

    ROBERT DACHS

    A hospital-based seminar demonstrated an excessive amount of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for inpatients, and an associated increase in the rate of nosocomial infections and worsening antimicrobial resistance patterns.

    Medical Treatments in the Short-term Management of Reflux Esophagitis

    JANELLE GUIRGUIS-BLAKE

    What is the safest and most effective short-term medical treatment for reflux esophagitis?

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Chronic Pancreatitis

    HEMANT M. KOCHER

    Chronic pancreatitis is characterized by longstanding inflammation of the pancreas owing to a wide variety of causes, including recurrent acute attacks of pancreatitis.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Medical Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

    KEVIN T. RICH, SARAH SAFRANEK

    What is the best medical therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

    Photo Quiz

    Painful Plaques Shortly After Hospital Discharge

    JEFFREY B. GRAHAM, BLAKE FAGAN, ROBYN LATESSA

    A 65-year-old white woman presented at the clinic for a follow-up visit after her first pulmonary embolism six days earlier. Warfarin (Coumadin) and enoxaparin (Lovenox) therapy were initiated during her hospitalization. At the follow-up visit, the patient had painful lesions...

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    Aspirin May Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

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    Rapid Antigen Testing vs. Wet Mount for Detecting T. vaginalis

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Are Weight Loss Maintenance Programs Effective in Children?

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Practice Guidelines

    AHA Publishes Statement on Drug Therapy for Lipid Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents

    SHERRI DAMLO

    Guideline source: American Heart Association

    Practice Guidelines

    AMBER HUNTZINGER

    AAN Releases Recommendations for Treating Lyme Disease Neuroborreliosis

    AHA Guidelines on Cardiac CT for Assessing Coronary Artery Disease

    AMBER HUNTZINGER

    Source: American Heart Association

    Letters to the Editor

    Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment of Acute Pancreatitis

    MICHAEL K. WALSH

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Tourette's Syndrome: What It Is and How It's Treated

    Tourette's syndrome (too-RETTS SIN-drome) is a disorder that causes tics. Tics are sudden, brief movements (like muscle spasms) or sounds (like words or grunts) that a person repeats over and over. They are hard to control, can be mild to severe, and come and go over time....



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