DAVID S. GREGORY, CRAIG K. SETO, GEORGE C. WORTLEY, CHRISTINE M. SHUGART
Six weeks of conservative management is the first-line treatment for low back pain caused by lumbar disk herniation. Physicians should first investigate any red-flag findings that suggest emergent causes of the pain. Surgical diskectomy may be indicated to relieve irritation...
WANDA C. GONSALVES, A. STEVENS WRIGHTSON, ROBERT G. HENRY
Primary care physicians play a role in improving the oral health of older patients by assessing the risk of oral diseases; performing a focused oral examination; recognizing and treating abnormal changes; and referring patients to a dentist, if needed.
KONRAD C. NAU, WILLIAM D. LEWIS
Multiple myeloma is diagnosed with serum or urine protein electrophoresis or immunofixation and bone marrow aspirate analysis. Although patients with asymptomatic or benign disease should not be treated, autologous stem cell transplantation is the standard treatment for many...
S. SUTTON HAMILTON, JOHN ARMANDO
Oppositional defiant disorder usually begins in the preschool years and is diagnosed in early elementary school, often with coexisting conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Because of the strain that oppositional defiant disorder places on the child's...
ROBERT DACHS, MARK A. GRABER, ANDREA DARBY-STEWART
Each month, our three presenters review an interesting journal article in a conversational manner. These articles involve “hot topics” that affect family physicians or “bust” commonly held medical myths. The presenters give their opinions about the clinical value of the...
ACEP Issues Comments, Concerns on the Patient-Centered Medical Home Concept | CMS Delays Enforcing Directive that Would Restrict Public Health Insurance for Children | Residents Learn Basic Dental Skills to Help Patients Without Access to Dental Care | Immunization Rates...
ALAN B. DOUGLASS, RUSSELL MAIER
Poor oral health is a major public health problem in America.1,2 Caries is the most common chronic oral condition of early childhood. Adults often seek medical care because of oral pain, and periodontal disease has been linked to premature birth, diabetes, stroke, and heart...
NEDAA SKEIK, FADI I. JABR
Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.
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ANNE D. WALLING
Guidelines on screening for osteoporosis in men are available from the American College of Physicians (ACP). Although osteoporosis is commonly thought of as a disease that affects women, osteoporotic fractures also result in considerable morbidity and mortality in men.
The bones in your spine are separated by disks that act as cushions. When you use your back in ways you're not used to, such as lifting something heavy, the disks may move and cause pain. One kind of disk injury is when a disk slips out of place and presses on the nerves in...
Multiple myeloma (say: MY-el-OH-ma) is cancer of the bone marrow cells. These are called plasma cells. Plasma cells normally make antibodies, which help your body fight infection. Multiple myeloma can cause tumors to grow in your bones. It can also cause the plasma cells to...
Oppositional defiant (ah-puh-ZISH-uh-null dee-FIE-ant) disorder is a behavior condition that affects children and teens. Those who have it act negative, angry, and defiant much more often than other people their age. These behaviors have a negative effect on the child's or...
The article, “Herbal and Dietary Supplement–Drug Interactions in Patients with Chronic Illnesses,” (January 1, 2008, page 73) incorrectly referred to dietary supplement ingredient eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) as Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) twice in...
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