S. PAUL STARR, DANIEL RAINES
Alcohol abuse and viral hepatitis are the most common causes of cirrhosis, although nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is emerging as an increasingly important cause. Primary care physicians share responsibility with specialists in managing the most common complications of the...
THAD WILKINS, KATHRYN JARVIS, JIGNESHKUMAR PATEL
Common symptoms of Crohn's disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, gastrointestinal bleeding, and weight loss. Laboratory tests are useful for making a diagnosis, assessing disease activity, identifying complications, and monitoring response to therapy. The...
CHRISTOPHER R. BERNHEISEL, JEFFREY D. SCHLAUDECKER, KATELYN LEOPOLD
Patients who have had an ischemic stroke should be hospitalized in the subacute period for cardiac and neurologic assessment, and possibly for diagnostic imaging. Goals of hospitalization include nutritional, physical, and speech therapy, as well as prevention of...
Study Shows Potential Impact of Graduate Medical Education Funding Cuts | AHRQ Study Highlights the Benefits and Challenges of Electronic Prescribing | CMS Demonstrations Target Common Factors Leading to Improper Payment | More than 100,000 Primary Care Physicians Adopt EHRs...
MICHAEL CACCIATORE, D. ASHLEY HILL
Several organizations have called for obstetric care professionals to decrease the number of elective (non-medically indicated) deliveries before an estimated gestational age of 39 weeks to prevent iatrogenic neonatal harm. Approximately one out of every three births in the...
HOWARD K. RABINOWITZ, STEPHEN PETTERSON, JAMES G. BOULGER, MATTHEW L. HUNSAKER, FRED W. MARKHAM, JAMES J. DIAMOND, ANDREW BAZEMORE, ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR
Health insurance expansion expected from the Affordable Care Act is likely to exacerbate the long-standing and critical shortage of rural and primary care physicians over the next decade. Comprehensive medical school rural programs, from which most graduates ultimately enter...
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JENNIFER L. STROHECKER
Dabigatran is superior to warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation, with similar rates of major bleeding. Because it does not require laboratory monitoring, dabigatran therapy is less complicated than warfarin therapy, but it costs significantly more.
JEAN HOLLAND, ARATHI GOLDSMITH, PETER SAITTA, SEAN CARLSON
Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.
KACEY GIBSON, PATRICIA GOODEMOTE, STEPHEN JOHNSON
Antibody testing plays an important role when assessing patients, but should not be used alone to diagnose SLE.
KENNETH T. MOON
Initiating appropriate contraception in the postpartum period is important to avoid negative outcomes related to short birth intervals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reevaluated the safety of contraceptive use in the postpartum period.
MARK H. EBELL
It is permanent scarring of the liver.
It is a disease that causes inflammation in the digestive tract (gut). Crohn's disease usually happens in young adults.
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