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    Dizziness: A Diagnostic Approach

    ROBERT E. POST, LORI M. DICKERSON

    Although symptoms are often nonspecific, dizziness usually can be classified as vertigo, disequilibrium, presyncope, or lightheadedness. Simple physical examination tests can be performed to reproduce symptoms, which help narrow the differential diagnosis.

    Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment

    RICHARD STRINGHAM, NIPA R. SHAH

    Diagnosis of pulmonary arterial hypertension requires a detailed history, a thorough physical examination, and a high index of suspicion. Confirmatory testing with right heart catheterization is required. Newer treatment options include prostacyclin analogues, endothelin...

    Managing the Adverse Effects of Radiation Therapy

    FRANKLIN J. BERKEY

    Radiation therapy may produce adverse effects, such as depression, dermatitis, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal toxicity, and genitourinary symptoms. Early adverse effects usually resolve within six weeks, whereas late adverse effects do not appear until years after...

    Prostatitis: Diagnosis and Treatment

    VICTORIA J. SHARP, ELIZABETH B. TAKACS, CHARLES R. POWELL

    Prostatitis syndrome is subdivided into four types: acute bacterial, chronic bacterial, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and asymptomatic. The approach to tdiagnosis and treatment varies depending on the type of prostatitis.

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    Social Media and Other AFP Online Enhancements

    Matthew J. Neff

    Millions of people are using social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, including health professionals and patients who exchange information and insights about topics relevant to family medicine. We are pleased to announce that AFP has joined the dialogue by...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Agencies Release Final Rules on “Meaningful Use” of EHRs | AAMC Report Gives Guidelines for Managing Conflicts of Interest | ABFM Announces Further Enhancements to Maintenance of Certification for FPs | FDA Expert Panel Members Split on How to Address Rosiglitazone Safety...

    Editorials

    Bilirubin Screening in Newborns: What Should We Do?

    THEODORE G. GANIATS

    A more aggressive approach to screening for hyperbilirubinemia does not have good evidence to support it, nor is it justified to abandon what we have been taught just because there is insufficient evidence at this time. In this case, a middle ground is best: continuing...

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Schizophrenia (Maintenance Treatment)

    THOMAS SMITH, CHRISTI WESTON, JEFFREY LIEBERMAN

    What are the effects of treatments to reduce relapse rates in persons with schizophrenia? What are the effects of interventions in persons with schizophrenia who are resistant to standard antipsychotics? What are the effects of interventions to improve adherence to medication?

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

    JANET RICKS, WILLIAM H. REPLOGLE, NAKIA JOYE COOK, null MSIS

    AWS may be managed with outpatient therapy if the patient has mild to moderate symptoms.

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening of Infants for Hyperbilirubinemia to Prevent Chronic Bilirubin Encephalopathy: Recommendation Statement

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend screening infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopa.

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening of Infants for Hyperbilirubinemia to Prevent Chronic Bilirubin Encephalopathy

    KENNETH W. LIN, MARK E. HUMPHREY

    Case study: K.J. is a full-term newborn male who was born 24 hours ago after an uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal delivery. His parents, who are Asian American, have been attending your practice for five years. K.J. does not appear jaundiced on examination.

    Photo Quiz

    Painful Perianal Lesions

    SUSAN P. OPAR

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

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    Systematic Review of Screening for Newborn Bilirubin Encephalopathy

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Transcutaneous Bilirubin Nomogram Can Predict Significant Hyperbilirubinemia

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Single Transcutaneous Bilirubin Value Adequate to Predict Hyperbilirubinemia

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Universal Screening Effective in Identifying Severe Hyperbilirubinemia

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Practice Guidelines

    ICSI Releases Guideline on Chronic Pain Assessment and Management

    MARA LAMBERT

    The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) released a guideline on the assessment and management of chronic pain in adults and physiologically mature adolescents 16 to 18 years of age.

    Letters to the Editor

    Lowering Sodium Intake Can Help Reduce Hypertension

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    What Is Making Me Dizzy?

    Dizziness is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctors. Dizziness may make you feel off-balance, wobbly, lightheaded, or like you might faint. Vertigo is a common type of dizziness that makes you feel like things are moving or spinning around you.

    Side Effects of Radiation Therapy

    Radiation therapy is a treatment for cancer. It is done by a machine that makes high-energy waves that destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy is often used for cancers of the skin, head and neck, breast, prostate, cervix, and colon. It can be used to shrink the cancer before...



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