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    Vision Loss in Older Persons

    ALLEN L. PELLETIER, JEREMY THOMAS, FAWWAZ R. SHAW

    Adults with low vision are at risk of depression, social isolation, falls, medication errors, and hallucinations. Vision screening with attention to specific disorders, such as diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration,...

    Treatment of Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia

    KYLE MILLS, A. CHRISTIE NELSON, BRADFORD T. WINSLOW, KATHRYN LEE SPRINGER

    Antibiotic therapy for nursing home–acquired pneumonia should treat a broad range of organisms, and drug-resistant microbes should be considered when making treatment decisions. Appropriate dosing of antibiotics is important to optimize effectiveness and avoid adverse effects...

    First Trimester Bleeding

    MARK DEUTCHMAN, AMY TANNER TUBAY, DAVID K. TUROK

    One fourth of pregnancies are affected by vaginal bleeding in the first trimester. Possible causes of bleeding include subchorionic hemorrhage, embryonic demise, anembryonic pregnancy, incomplete abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and gestational trophoblastic disease. Transvaginal...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    PCPCC Provides Guide for Integrating HIT into the Patient-Centered Medical Home | Online Screening Tool Helps Physicians Assess Patients' Use of Alcohol and Drugs | Policy Options Paper Recommends Payment Increase for Medicare Primary Care Services | Proposed Cooperative...

    Editorials

    Basic Rules of Influenza: How to Combat the H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) Virus

    JONATHAN L. TEMTE

    Over the course of six days, a case report of two novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) infections in California1 transformed into a phase 5 influenza pandemic “characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one [World Health Organization]...

    Telephone Triage of Patients with Influenza

    JONATHAN L. TEMTE

    The current H1N1 influenza (swine flu) outbreak has patients and physicians understandably concerned. Many people with a respiratory illness want to get examined, but physicians are concerned about spreading illness among other patients in their waiting rooms. It would be...

    Treatment of Nursing Home–Acquired Pneumonia: Dogma vs. Data

    JOSEPH M. MYLOTTE

    In this issue of American Family Physician, Mills and colleagues review the treatment of patients with nursing home–acquired pneumonia1 and discuss the recent guideline2 on hospitalized adults with pneumonia, published by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Infectious...

    Close-ups

    What My Brother Knew

    MARILYN JAFFE-RUIZ, SUSAN PINCUS

    The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Should Salmeterol Be Used for Long-term Asthma Control?

    WILLIAM E. CAYLEY, JR.

    Salmeterol may help improve asthma symptoms, but it should only be used as part of a comprehensive asthma management plan including inhaled corticosteroids and a short-acting beta agonist. There is currently insufficient evidence to confirm that salmeterol does not increase...

    Photo Quiz

    Adult with a Red Plaque at the Site of a Childhood Vaccination Scar

    T. MINSUE CHEN, TRI H. NGUYEN, JOEL L. COHEN

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

    Practice Guidelines

    AAN and EFNS Guideline on Diagnosing and Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

    MARA LAMBERT

    Experts from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) reviewed the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is defined as sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief,...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Are Antibiotics and Nasal Steroids Useful in Treatment of Sinusitis?

    CAROLINE WELLBERY

    Second-Trimester Pregnancy Loss Increases Risk of Complications

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Bleeding in Early Pregnancy: What Does It Mean?

    About one in every four women will have vaginal bleeding during the first few months of pregnancy. Many things can cause it. Some of the most common causes are threatened abortion, ectopic (eck-TAH-pick) pregnancy, and spontaneous abortion.



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