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    The Diagnosis of Wheezing in Children

    LISA NOBLE WEISS

    The most common causes of wheezing in children are asthma, allergies, infections, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and obstructive sleep apnea. A detailed history, including family history; age at onset; pattern of wheezing; seasonality; and associations with feeding, cough,...

    Bleeding and Bruising: A Diagnostic Work-up

    MICHAEL BALLAS, ERIC H. KRAUT

    A thorough history, physical examination, and a standardized bleeding score system can help physicians diagnose bleeding and bruising disorders. Initial evaluation should include complete blood count with platelet count, peripheral blood smear, prothrombin time, and partial...

    Physical Activity Counseling

    REBECCA A. MERIWETHER, JEFFREY A. LEE, AUGUSTA SCHROEDER LAFLEUR, PAMELA WISEMAN

    Even brief physician counseling that leads to modest physical activity changes could affect the population's health. Tailored counseling that incorporates shared decision making, a written prescription, printed supportivematerials, and followup is most effective.

    Oral Health During Pregnancy

    HUGH SILK, ALAN B. DOUGLASS, JOANNA M. DOUGLASS, LAURA SILK

    Oral health is an important, but often neglected, part of prenatal health care. Because some oral health problems in pregnant women may cause adverse effects, such as preterm birth or low birth weight, ensuring that women of childbearing age practice proper oral hygiene and...

    Inside AFP

    Two Outstanding Family Physicians Join the AFP Team

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    The medical editors associated with American Family Physician play a crucial role in maintaining the high quality of this publication. They review manuscripts and coordinate various sections of the journal to ensure that AFP provides the most up-to-date and accurate...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Recently Introduced Legislation Provides for 18-Month Physician Payment Update | Candidate Health Care Proposals Focus on Insurance Coverage, Not Systematic Change | AHRQ Provides State-by-State Snapshots of Health Care Quality Performance | MedPAC Considers Recommendations,...

    Editorials

    New Guideline for the Treatment of Dementia: Is There Really Anything New?

    ALAN M. ADELMAN, DAVID R. MEHR

    Despite a highly variable course, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias have a devastating impact on patients and their families. Throughout the inevitable progression of these diseases, family physicians can help patients and their caregivers by offering emotional support...

    Close-ups

    The Challenge of Unexplained Symptoms

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    I had pain for years before my condition was diagnosed. My gynecologist of 20 years kept telling me I was fine. He did not think I had a disease, but he was wrong and should have done the appropriate tests and procedures beyond an ultrasound. I was constantly shuffled between...

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Osteoarthritis of the Knee

    DAVID SCOTT, ANNA KOWALCZYK

    Osteoarthritis of the knee affects about 10 percent of adults older than 60 years, with an increased risk in those who are obese and have joint damage or abnormalities.

    Photo Quiz

    Periumbilical Swelling in an Infant

    NIRAV SHASTRI, LISA GILMER

    A six-month-old girl presented for a well-child visit. On abdominal examination, a periumbilical mass, 1 cm in diameter, was noted (see accompanying figure). The mass was soft and reduced completely on palpation with no apparent pain. A circular defect, 0.5 cm in diameter,...

    Point-of-Care Guides

    Diagnosis of Appendicitis: Part II. Laboratory and Imaging Tests

    MARK H. EBELL

    How should laboratory and imaging tests be used in the diagnosis of appendicitis?

    Tips from Other Journals

    Morbidity Associated with Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Updated Physical Activity Recommendations for Older Adults

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Topiramate Is an Effective Treatment for Alcohol Dependence

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Aspirin Does Not Prevent VTE in Women at Average-Risk

    KENNY LIN

    Group Visits Provide Effective Prenatal Care

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Community-Based vs. Health Care–Based MRSA Infection

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Calcium Supplementation and Osteoporosis Prevention

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Practice Guidelines

    AAFP and ACP Release Guideline on Dementia Treatment

    LISA GRAHAM

    Guideline source: American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians

    CDC Recommendations on Prevention and Management of High Blood Lead Levels in Children

    LIZ SMITH

    Guideline source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Letters to the Editor

    Recognition and Treatment of Actinic Cheilitis

    GEORGE LARIOS, ALEVIZOS ALEVIZOS, DIMITRIS RIGOPOULOS

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Physical Activity: What You Should Know

    Getting regular physical activity can help keep your heart healthy, prevent some diseases, and make depression better. It also can help you stay at a healthy weight and give you more energy.

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