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    Anemia in Older Persons

    MICHAEL H. BROSS, KATHLEEN SOCH, TERESA SMITH-KNUPPEL

    Anemia is an independent risk factor for increased morbidity and mortality, and decreased quality of life in community-dwelling older persons. Anemia of chronic inflammation or chronic kidney disease may respond to treatment of the underlying disease and selective use of...

    Health Effects of Prenatal Radiation Exposure

    PAMELA M. WILLIAMS, STACY FLETCHER

    Physicians who care for pregnant women often overestimate the teratogenic risk associated with diagnostic imaging. Exposure to nonionizing radiation during pregnancy is generally safe. The risks associated with ionizing radiation vary based on the stage of fetal development.

    Neuropsychological Evaluation in Primary Care

    THOMAS C. MICHELS, ALVIN Y. TIU, CHRISTOPHER J. GRAVER

    Differentiating psychiatric disease from other medical conditions, and identifying psychological and cognitive problems secondary to medications can be challenging. Family physicians can use information from a neuropsychological evaluation in the diagnosis and management of...

    Osteoporosis in Men

    SHOBHA S. RAO, NITIN BUDHWAR, AMBREEN ASHFAQUE

    Risk factors of osteoporosis in men include older age, low body weight, substantial weight loss, physical inactivity, corticosteroid use, and previous fragility fracture or spinal cord injury. Treatment may include bisphosphonates or recombinant human parathyroid hormone....

    Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

    Hyperlipidemia Treatment in Children: The Younger, the Better

    ROBERT GAUER

    Despite the absence of data in children demonstrating morbidity and mortality reduction by aggressive treatment of lipid disorders, the overwhelming data in adults (e.g., decreasing LDL cholesterol, improved morbidity and mortality) and evidence of atherosclerotic lesions...

    Screening for Hyperlipidemia in Children: Primum Non Nocere

    MICHAEL LEFEVRE

    Only 40 to 55 percent of children with elevated cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels will continue to have elevated lipids on follow-up. A recent evidence review supporting the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement on lipid screening in children reached the...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    MGMA Survey Outlines Top Medical Practice Challenges in 2010 | Internal Medicine Organizations Support Reform for GME Financing | AAFP Criticizes NBME for Comparing Physicians with Advanced Practice Nurses | Student Loans to Attend Foreign Medical Schools Need More Oversight,...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Hypothermia for Neuroprotection in Adults After Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

    HOSSEIN HASSANI, SUZANNE MEYER

    Compared with standard care, therapeutic hypothermia with conventional cooling methods improves the rate of survival to hospital discharge and neurologic outcome in patients successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest.

    Photo Quiz

    Multiple Erythematous-Yellow, Dome-Shaped Papules

    J. MICHAEL HOLSINGER, SHANNON M. CAMPBELL, PATRICIA WITMAN

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

    Curbside Consultation

    Approaching an Employee About Her Weight

    DONNA H. RYAN

    This case scenario addresses important and commonly encountered medical problems: weight gain and obesity.

    Tips from Other Journals

    Reducing Hospital-Associated Infections in Staphylococcus aureus Carriers

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Eszopiclone Improves Menopausal Symptoms

    ANNE D. WALLING

    SPECT V/Q Scintigraphy Is an Option for Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Which Treatments Are Effective for Reducing Adolescent Alcohol Abuse?

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Comparison of Psychological Treatments for Binge Eating Disorder

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Practice Guidelines

    AAN Recommendations on Symptomatic Treatment for Muscle Cramps

    CARRIE ARMSTRONG

    Muscle cramps occur when the motor system is stressed by neuromuscular disease, a medical condition, or a physiologic process, such as dehydration or excessive exercise. Cramps are also common during the last trimester of pregnancy. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN)...

    AAP Updates Guidelines on Immunoprophylaxis for RSV Infection

    CARRIE ARMSTRONG

    Although RSV bronchiolitis usually manifests as acute upper respiratory tract infection, more serious disease involving the lower respiratory tract can develop. Preterm infants and those with congenital heart disease (CHD) or chronic lung disease of prematurity (also called...

    Letters to the Editor

    Do Pacifiers Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

    Are Hypotonic Maintenance Fluids Safe in Hospitalized Children?

    S. SUTTON HAMILTON

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Radiation Exposure During Pregnancy

    Many common medical tests, such as x-rays and CT (computed tomography) scans, expose the patient to radiation. If you have one of these tests while you are pregnant, your baby is also exposed. Some women have jobs that put them at risk of radiation exposure. The more...

    Osteoporosis in Men

    Osteoporosis (AH-stee-oh-puh-RO-sis) is a condition that weakens bones. This increases the risk of broken bones (fractures). More than 2 million American men have osteoporosis. Men older than 70 years are more likely to have it.



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