FRANCESCA CIMINO, BRADFORD SCOTT VOLK, DON SETTER
Evaluation of the anterior cruciate ligament should be performed as soon as possible after an injury. A complete knee examination and magnetic resonance imaging can guide the diagnosis. Conservative management may be an option, although surgical treatment may be preferred in...
KATHRYN P. HIRST, CHRISTINE Y. MOUTIER
Screening for postpartum major depression may be appropriate in women with risk factors such as a history of postpartum major depression, antenatal depressive symptoms, or a history of major depressive disorder. Treatment options include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy....
RANDALL A. COLUCCI, MITCHELL J. SILVER, JAY SHUBROOK
Common types of supraventricular tachycardia include atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia, and atrial tachycardia. Patient history is important in determining a diagnosis, whereas physical examination may or may not be...
RICHARD H. DAFFNER, null FACR
The role of imaging techniques in the evaluation of chronic neck pain is controversial. Although there was a previous emphasis on the use of diskography, MRI has become the preferred first study when indicated. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria guides...
JOYCE A. MERRIMAN
Many AFP readers use AFP Online for clinical information, as well as to interact with colleagues. It may surprise you to know that the AFP Web site pages are viewed more than 2.5 million times, on average, each month, by more than 1 million “unique visitors.” Also, more than...
International, U.S. Medical Graduates Comparable in Certain Care Aspects | Practices in National Networks Improve on Depression Screening and Care | Groups Emphasize Influenza Immunization in Pregnant and Postpartum Women | Quality Colonoscopy Referral Is Duty of Primary Care...
In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirmed its support for screening for depression in adults, and expanded on its caveat that screening is effective only if support systems are in place for appropriate treatment of patients with positive screening...
Milnacipran can decrease the overall pain scores and improve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Safety in patients with severe comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions is unknown because these groups of patients were excluded from the study.
MING-TZER LIN, YI-JU TSAI, CHUN-TA HUANG
Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.
DAVID DELAET, DANIEL SCHAUER
What are the effects of drug treatments in adults with obesity? What are the effects of bariatric surgery in adults with morbid obesity?
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adults for depression when staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up.
KENNETH W. LIN, CLARENCE LAM
Case study: C.J. is a 54-year-old man who presents with a request to refill his antihypertensive medication. He reports no problems; his blood pressure is well controlled on his current medication regimen; and his physical examination is unremarkable.
PATRICIA BOUKNIGHT, ANDREW BOWLING, FRAN E. KOVACH, null MLIS
Daily sunscreen use reduces the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma but not the incidence of basal cell carcinoma.
JENNIFER AH-KEE, null MS, III, SUMI SEXTON
Guideline source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) wrote a consensus statement to influence clinical practice and provide suggestions regarding the management of dyspnea in patients with advanced lung or heart disease.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL; an-TE-re-or KROO-she-ate LIG-ah-ment) is a band of tissue that keeps the knee joint in place (see picture). It connects the femur (thigh bone) with the tibia (the main bone in your lower leg).
It is a serious form of depression that comes after giving birth. As many as four out of five women have mood changes in the first 10 days after giving birth. This is often called “baby blues.” If the symptoms are more severe and last for more than 10 days, it is called...
Supraventricular tachycardia (SOO-prah-ven-TRIK-u-lar tak-eh-KAR-de-ah), or SVT, is when your heart beats faster than it should. It is not normal for your heart to beat too fast without a reason, like during heavy exercise.
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