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    Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

    ERIKA RINGDAHL, SANDESH PANDIT

    Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, and the use of intra-articular corticosteroid injections, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and braces or heel wedges decrease pain and improve function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Intra-articular corticosteroid...

    Diagnosis and Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Adults

    RICHARD R. WATKINS, TRACY L. LEMONOVICH

    Clinical suspicion of community-acquired pneumonia is comfirmed through lung imaging, usually an infiltrate on chest radiography. Determining inpatient versus outpatient treatment is the first decision after diagnosis. Treatment is usually empiric and guided by site of...

    Caregiver Care

    LAUREN G. COLLINS, KRISTINE SWARTZ

    Physicians can help family caregivers by assessing them for high levels of caregiver burden and encouraging them to take care of their own health needs. Some caregivers may benefit from referral to appropriate resources for training and support.

    Heat-Related Illness

    JONATHAN A. BECKER, LYNSEY K. STEWART

    Early recognition of symptoms and accurate measurement of core temperature are crucial for rapid diagnosis of heat-related illnesses. Mild forms can be managed with supportive measures, such as hydration and moving the patient to a cool place. Initial treatment for heat...

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    Peer Reviewers Help AFP Maintain the Highest Quality

    JOYCE A. MERRIMAN

    The peer review process used by most respected medical journals like AFP is designed to ensure the journal brings high-quality, unbiased content to readers. AFP relies on the expertise and generous contributions of many peer reviewers who help spot weaknesses in manuscripts...

    Editorials

    Overuse of Computed Tomography and Associated Risks

    DIANA L. MIGLIORETTI, REBECCA SMITH-BINDMAN

    CT has substantially advanced medical care through improved diagnosis, but its use comes with potential harms, including cancer risk from radiation; detection of incidental findings that may lead to additional and often unnecessary diagnostic testing and treatment; and...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    CMS Paid Out Almost $400 Million in PQRS and e-Rx Incentives in 2009 | AAFP Goes to Capitol Hill to Propose Alternative to Medicare Payment System | Office-Based Physicians Contribute $1.4 Trillion in Output to National Economy | Pediatric Group Rejects Vaccine Exemptions...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Magnesium Sulfate and Other Anticonvulsants for Women with Preeclampsia

    COREY D. FOGLEMAN

    Magnesium sulfate should be considered first-line treatment to prevent eclamptic seizures during labor.

    Cochrane Briefs

    Pre-employment Examinations for Preventing Occupational Injury and Disease

    KENNETH LIN

    There is limited evidence that task-focused examinations reduce sick leave and the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries; however, general pre-employment examinations have no effect on health outcomes.

    Close-ups

    Beyond Words

    RODNEY BISHOP

    The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Brain Natriuretic Peptide Levels for Ruling Out Heart Failure

    ALLISON CULLAN, MICHAEL GROVER, KRISTIN HITCHCOCK

    Can brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels be used to rule out heart failure?

    Photo Quiz

    Chronic Unilateral Preauricular Rash

    JERRY J. FASOLDT, KATHY D. TIEU

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

    Tips from Other Journals

    Early Exercise Helps Rehabilitate Ankle Sprains

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Probiotics Help to Reduce Crying in Colicky Infants

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    DHA Supplementation Does Not Benefit Mothers or Infants

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Practice Guidelines

    AAP Updates Guidelines for Evaluating Simple Febrile Seizures in Children

    AMBER RANDEL

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its guidelines on the neurodiagnostic evaluation of simple febrile seizures in neurologically healthy children six to 60 months of age.

    IOM Releases Report on Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D

    LISA GRAHAM

    Guideline source: Institute of MedicineLiterature search described? NoEvidence rating system used? NoAvailable at: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D.aspx

    Letters to the Editor

    Screening Questionnaire for Work-Related Health Problems

    HUNTER E. WOODALL, WILLIAM M. SIMPSON, JR., STANLEY H. SCHUMAN

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Knee Osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis is a disease that happens when the protective cartilage in the joints wears down, and the bones rub against each other. The knee is a common place to get osteoarthritis.

    Help for Caregivers

    A caregiver is any friend or relative who provides unpaid care for someone with a chronic or disabling condition.



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