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    Evaluation of the Patient with Chronic Cough

    JOSEPH J. BENICH, III, PETER J. CAREK

    Initial evaluation should include a focused history and physical examination, and in most patients, chest radiography. Empiric treatment should be initiated sequentially for the three most common causes of chronic cough (i.e., upper airway cough syndrome, gastroesophageal...

    Evaluation of Suspected Dementia

    B. BRENT SIMMONS, BRETT HARTMANN, DANIEL DEJOSEPH

    Patients with suspected dementia should have a validated screening test for cognitive impairment. If results are abnormal, further cognitive testing can include the Mini-Mental State Examination and Geriatric Depression Scale. Laboratory tests should include measurement of...

    Diagnosis of Heel Pain

    PRISCILLA TU, JEFFREY R. BYTOMSKI

    Differentiating among the many causes of heel pain can be accomplished through a patient history and physical examination, with appropriate imaging studies if indicated. Location of pain is key in making the correct diagnosis.

    Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

    WENDY S. BIGGS, ROBIN H. DEMUTH

    Premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are clinically diagnosed based on physical and psychological symptoms that occur only during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Treatment options to reduce symptoms may include serotonergic antidepressants,...

    Editorials

    The Expanding Scope of Medical Travel

    MARK K. HUNTINGTON

    The face of medical travel is changing. In recent years, medical travel has expanded to include middle-class patients seeking more affordable care. In 2007, approximately 750,000 Americans traveled to other countries for medical care; this number is predicted to exceed 1.6...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Letter Calls for Oversight of Tobacco Products to Include All Types of Cigars | CMS Creates Resources for Clarifying Responsibilities of Contractor Entities | Two Doses of HPV Vaccine as Effective as Full Series, According to NIH Study | AMA, Other Groups Call on Deficit...

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    Tranexamic Acid (Lysteda) for Cyclic Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

    AMANDA KOST, CAROLINE PITNEY

    Lysteda is an oral antifibrinolytic licensed for the treatment of cyclic heavy menstrual bleeding (i.e., menorrhagia) of more than 80 mL per cycle. A competitive plasminogen inhibitor, it prevents plasmin formation and fibrinolysis of menstrual fluid. The extended-release...

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Managing Intoeing in Children

    WILLIAM TALLEY, PATRICIA GOODEMOTE, SUSAN L. HENRY

    Intoeing can be accurately diagnosed using a history, physical examination, and torsional profile.

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Bell Palsy

    JULIAN HOLLAND, JONATHAN BERNSTEIN

    What are the effects of drug, surgical and physical treatments for Bell palsy in adults and children?

    Photo Quiz

    Rash at the Site of a Tattoo

    WEI TERESA HSU, KRISTER JONES, JEREMY W. PECK

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

    Practice Guidelines

    ACIP Updates General Immunization Guidelines

    AMBER RANDEL

    Guideline source: Advisory Committee on Immunization PracticesEvidence rating system used? NoLiterature search described? NoPublished source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, January 28, 2011Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6002a1.htm

    Letters to the Editor

    Testing for and Treating the Underlying Causes of Dyspepsia

    Newborns with Significant Jaundice for Their Age Should Be Tested for Hyperbilirubinemia

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Chronic Cough

    Coughing is how your body clears foreign objects and mucus from your lungs and breathing tubes. A cough that lasts a long time can be a sign of a health problem. A chronic cough is a cough that lasts longer than eight weeks.

    PMS: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

    PMS causes symptoms during the week before your period. You may have physical symptoms (such as cramps or bloating) or mood-related symptoms (such as feeling more tense than usual, having trouble concentrating, or being irritable). You may crave certain foods, have trouble...

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