JEFFREY D. QUINLAN, MICHAEL R. GAURON, BRUCE R. DESCHERE, MARK B. STEPHENS
Veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan should be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and depression. Symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury from blast injuries can overlap with those of posttraumatic stress disorder. Suicide...
SCOTT PEGLER, JONATHAN UNDERHILL
At the time of launch, a new drug usually has not been as widely tested as other available therapies, and there is often insufficient good-quality published evidence to adequately judge its true effectiveness and safety. A careful and critical approach to the assessment and...
Gait and balance disorders are a major cause of falls in older adults, and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality, and reduced level of function. They are usually multifactorial in origin and require a comprehensive assessment to determine targeted interventions.
DAVID C. FIORE, ANDREW V. PASTERNAK, RABAB M. RADWAN
The first step in the evaluation of pain in the quiet, nonred eye is to determine the anatomic origin of the pain and whether it is caused by a vision-threatening condition. The differential diagnosis is extensive and involves ocular, orbital, cranial, neurologic, and...
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VIDYA BHUSHAN GUPTA
In this scenario, the physician is facing several challenges: making a patient from another culture feel at ease; managing a female patient's discomfort with a male physician; and recognizing the patient's chief concern. Physicians often treat patients from cultures different...
BABAFEMI ADENUGA, DAHLIA HASSAN, FEMI ARANMOLATE
Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.
Our society values brand-name products, and drugs are no exception. However, only rudimentary safety information is available for new drugs. Required safety studies are short-term and may involve only 100 to 300 patients. Randomized controlled trials, the gold standard for...
DEAN A. SEEHUSEN
Weak evidence suggests that opioids reduce chronic noncancer pain in some highly selected patients, although the effects on quality of life and functional status are unclear.1 Many patients will discontinue opioids because of adverse effects or inadequate pain relief.
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more effective than placebo for the treatment of depression in primary care settings.
Recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guide physicians in screening older patients for risk of falling and preventing falls among those at increased risk.
Returning from deployment is a time of expectation, excitement, and change. However, many military families find that the reunion can be more stressful than the separation. Many families go through an adjustment period that can last for weeks or even months. Knowing what to...
There is a tool called the STEPS mnemonic. It stands for Safety, Tolerability, Effectiveness, Price, and Simplicity. This tool summarizes the five things doctors should use to make a good decision about prescribing new medicines. The STEPS tool can help you ask your doctor...
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