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    Health Maintenance for Postmenopausal Women

    SHOBHA S. RAO, MAULSHREE SINGH, MEHJABIN PARKAR, RADHA SUGUMARAN

    Because the incidence of conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and colon cancer increases after menopause, physicians should address preventive health care measures with postmenopausal patients and encourage appropriate screening...

    Evaluation of Short and Tall Stature in Children

    BENJAMIN U. NWOSU, MARY M. LEE

    Accurate serial height measurements documented over time on a growth chart are key in detecting abnormal growth patterns in children. The diagnostic evaluation is based on a patient history, physical examination, and targeted laboratory studies.

    Shoulder Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis and Management

    PETER J. MILLETT, REUBEN GOBEZIE, ROBERT E. BOYKIN

    Diagnosis of shoulder osteoarthritis can bemade with a patient history, physical examination, and radiography. Mild degenerative shoulder disease can be treated with pharmacotherapy and physical therapy, whereas severe cases may require surgery.

    Role of the Primary Care Physician in Hodgkin Lymphoma

    CRAIG GLASS

    Patients with Hodgkin lymphoma often present with painless lymphadenopathy, but they may have numerous other symptoms. Complications include recurrence of lymphoma and treatment-related problems.

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    Join AAFP in San Diego for the 2008 Scientific Assembly

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    San Diego, Calif., is the site of the 2008 AAFP Scientific Assembly, the premier family medicine gathering, September 17 through 21. This year's program promises to be interesting and invigorating. Attendees will have a chance to get hands-on experience in new clinical...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Congress Fails to Renew Medicare Bonus Payments for Physician Scarcity Areas | New Combination Vaccines for Children May Create Additional Work for Physicians | CMS Finalizes Payment Plans for Three-Year Medical Home Demonstration Project | Physicians Urge Congress to Give...

    AFP Journal Club

    The Role of Chest CT in Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism

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

    How good is chest CT at identifying pulmonary embolism? It might have higher false-positive and false-negative rates than previously thought.

    Editorials

    Potential Toxicity of Synthetic Chemicals: What You Should Know About Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

    MEGAN SCHWARZMAN

    A growing body of evidence suggests that many synthetic chemicals once considered safe can be harmful to the developing fetus, infant, and child. There is particular concern about the developmental effects of substances known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Alendronate for Fracture Prevention in Postmenopause

    KATHRYN K. HOLDER, SARA SHELTON KERLEY, null CAPT, USAF, MC

    In postmenopausal women, a 10-mg daily dose of alendronate is effective for secondary (number needed to treat [NNT] = 16) and primary (NNT = 50) prevention of vertebral fractures. It is also effective for secondary prevention of nonvertebral fractures, including hip or wrist...

    Induction of Labor at or Beyond Term

    KATHLEEN KEARNS

    Fetal or neonatal deaths in women who delivered after their due date and before 42 weeks occur at a rate of less than 0.5 percent, regardless of whether labor is induced or spontaneous. Compared with awaiting spontaneous labor, inducing labor between 41 and 42 weeks is...

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Effect of Antiepileptic Drugs on Oral Contraceptives

    JENNY S. CARL, SALLY P. WEAVER, ELIZABETH TWEED, LISA EDGERTON

    We found no studies that measure, or even estimate, any increase in pregnancy rates in women taking antiepileptic drugs. Antiepileptic drugs known to induce the hepatic cytochrome P450 (CYP450) isoenzyme cause decreased sex hormone levels in women taking oral contraceptives,...

    Photo Quiz

    Bilateral Lower Extremity Edema

    NIRAV SHASTRI, BECKY NICHOLAS LOWRY

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

    Tips from Other Journals

    Pedometer Use Leads to Increased Physical Activity

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Adult Celiac Disease: an Emerging Condition

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Higher WBC Count Associated with Increased Cancer Risk

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Risperidone Augmentation for Treating Major Depression

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Hysterectomy vs. Endometrial Ablation for Uterine Bleeding

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Curbside Consultation

    Communicating Effectively with Transgender Patients

    LYSA SAMUEL, null EVEZARITSKY

    Transgender persons are those who consider their gender to be different from their biological sex. Hence, a male-to-female person is a biologic male who identifies as a female, and a female-to-male person is a biologic female who identifies as male.

    Practice Guidelines

    GLAD-PC Steering Group Releases Guidelines for the Management of Adolescent Depression in Primary Care

    LISA GRAHAM

    The Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) Steering Group developed the first evidence-based, expert consensus-derived guidelines for the management of adolescent depression by primary care physicians.

    Letters to the Editor

    Physicians Should Be Aware of Patient's Disease Progression

    MARYBETH SALAMA

    Approaching the Conversation of End-of-Life Treatment Options

    MARVIN A. DEWAR

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Menopause: What You Should Know

    Menopause is when a woman stops having her period and her ovaries stop working. This means she can no longer become pregnant.

    Shoulder Osteoarthritis: Treating Your Pain

    Shoulder osteoarthritis (OSS-tee-oh-arth-RYE-tis) is a disease that causes the cushion layer between the bones in your shoulder to wear away. It may cause pain and stiffness in your shoulder. You may also have trouble moving your shoulder. This is the most common type of...

    Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Cancer of the Lymph Nodes

    Hodgkin lymphoma (lim-FOE-mah), also called Hodgkin disease, is a type of cancer that affects your lymph nodes. Lymph nodes make and store cells to fight infection and are a normal part of your body, but they get bigger when you have this disease.



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