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    Care of the Returning Veteran

    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...

    Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of New Drugs

    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 in Older Adults

    BROOKE SALZMAN

    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.

    Pain in the Quiet (Not Red) Eye

    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...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    NIH Proposes Rules to Revise Research Funding Regulations | Study Finds That High Percentage of Physicians Use FOBT Inappropriately | AAFP Calls for Senate Approval of Berwick Nomination to Head CMS | FDA Seeks Input on Public Disclosure Proposals from Transparency Initiative...

    Curbside Consultation

    Improving Sensitivity to Patients from Other Cultures

    VIDYA BHUSHAN GUPTA

    A 41-year-old Indian woman recently presented to me, a male physician. She reported feeling weak during the past two months. She said she wakes up tired and becomes more tired as the day passes. She sleeps lightly and sometimes wakes up early. Occasionally, she has dull,...

    Photo Quiz

    Hip Pain Without Injury

    BABAFEMI ADENUGA, DAHLIA HASSAN, FEMI ARANMOLATE

    A 23-year-old man presented with right hip pain that had worsened over four weeks. He was a member of his college's soccer team, but had no history of falls or recent trauma. He had similar hip pain two years earlier that was self-limited, but the rest of his medical history...

    Editorials

    Prescribing Evidence: The Effectiveness and Safety of New Drugs

    ADRIANE FUGH-BERMAN

    In this issue of American Family Physician (AFP), Mr. Pegler and Mr. Underhill expose the myth that new drugs are better than old drugs, and lay out a practical guide for assessing therapeutics.1 Our society values brand-name products, and drugs are no exception. However,...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Opioid Therapy for Chronic Noncancer Pain

    DEAN A. SEEHUSEN

    A 42-year-old woman with a four-month history of low back pain after a fall at work presents requesting pain medication. She was once given oral opioids after a dental procedure with good results. She would like to try oral opioids for her back pain.

    Cochrane Briefs

    Effectiveness of Antidepressants Compared with Placebo for Depression in Primary Care

    JANELLE GUIRGUIS-BLAKE

    What is the effectiveness of antidepressants compared with placebo for the treatment of depression in primary care settings?

    Tips from Other Journals

    Domperidone to Increase Breast Milk Supply in Mothers of Preterm Infants

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Practice Guidelines

    AGS Releases Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons

    AMBER HUNTZINGER

    Guideline source: American Geriatrics Society

    Letters to the Editor

    More Evidence of Green Tea's Effectiveness Is Needed

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Veterans: What to Expect When You Return from Deployment

    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...

    Safety and Effectiveness of New Medicines

    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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