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    Hepatitis A

    SAMUEL C. MATHENY, JOE E. KINGERY

    Hepatitis A is a common viral infection that is spread primarily by food contaminated with fecal matter or by personal contact. Most patients recover within two months, with no lasting complications. Supportive treatment is the main form of care. Immunization to hepatitis A...

    Seasonal Affective Disorder

    STUART L. KURLANSIK, ANNAMARIE D. IBAY

    Patients with seasonal affective disorder typically present with depressive symptoms that have a seasonal pattern. Light therapy, pharmacotherapy with second-generation antidepressants, and cognitive behavior therapy have been shown to effectively reduce symptoms. Initiating...

    Subacute to Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    TIMOTHY F. MOTT, MICHAEL L. McCONNON, BRIAN P. RIEGER

    Mild traumatic brain injury is categorized by transient loss of consciousness, amnesia, altered mental status, and neurologic deficits following an acute closed head injury. Symptoms usually improve quickly in most patients, although they may persist for weeks or months in...

    Acute Otitis Externa: An Update

    PAUL SCHAEFER, REGINALD F. BAUGH

    Acute otitis externa is a common condition that causes inflammation of the external ear canal. Treatments include topical antimicrobial preparations and cleaning of the ear canal. Symptoms usually dissipate within 72 hours of treatment, although complete resolution may take...

    Clarification

    Clarification

    Update to HEADSS assessment. In the Curbside Consultation “Care of a Sexually Active Adolescent” (September 1, 2012, p. 457), the third line of the first paragraph under the “3. Address Emergent Issues” header (p. 458) mentioned the HEADSS assessment. In 2004, HEADSS was...

    Editorials

    Dietary Management of Epilepsy

    DAVID T. HSIEH, HEIDI H. PFEIFER, ELIZABETH A. THIELE

    The safety and effectiveness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of epilepsy have been known for decades. However, successful implementation of the diet requires an essential commitment by the patient and his or her family. Compliance with the ketogenic diet involves...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Medical Colleges Association Calls for More Primary Care Residency Positions | Practices Demonstrate Improved Diabetes Care Using PCMH Model and Peer Mentors | ACIP Votes to Recommend Tdap Vaccine for All Pregnant Women | CMS Releases Final Rule to Bring Medicaid Payment Up...

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Insulin for Glycemic Control in Acute Ischemic Stroke

    AARON SAGUIL, MATTHEW PFLIPSEN

    Administering insulin to maintain glycemic control does not improve the rates of mortality or dependency, or the final neurologic outcome after an acute ischemic stroke. Additionally, in randomized controlled trials, patients in the intervention groups (those under tight...

    The Effects of Combination Contraceptives on Weight

    ELIZABETH SALISBURY-AFSHAR

    Compared with placebo or no intervention, the use of combination contraceptives was not associated with weight gain. Most studies comparing different types of combination contraceptives showed no statistically significant effects on weight.

    Close-ups

    Hospice: A Mother's Story

    YALDA JABBARPOUR, IRIS LEVINER

    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.

    Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

    Health Care Transition Counseling for Youth with Special Health Care Needs

    PATRICIA A. STOECK, NEWTON CHENG, ANNE J. BERRY, ANDREW W. BAZEMORE, ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR.

    Youth with special health care needs who receive care within a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) are significantly more likely to receive services for transitioning to adult care. Broader implementation of the PCMH may contribute to wider use of health care transition...

    Photo Quiz

    Erythematous Papules on the Face

    SHANNON BUCK, DAVID PFOFF, CHRISTOPHER BUNT

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

    Tips from Other Journals

    Aspirin for the Prevention of Recurrent VTE

    KENNETH T. MOON

    Length of Active Labor in Induced vs. Spontaneous Deliveries

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    Practice Guidelines

    AHA Releases Statement on Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

    CARRIE ARMSTRONG

    Decreased sexual activity and sexual dysfunction are common in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and can lead to anxiety and depression. The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a scientific statement synthesizing data relevant to sexual activity and heart...

    Letters to the Editor

    Denosumab Is an Option for Treatment of Osteoporosis

    Effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Osteoarthritis

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is a virus that causes your liver to become swollen. Most people who have it don't show any signs of illness. This can make it hard to tell if you have it. You may not be hungry, or you may feel sick to your stomach. You may be tired or have sore muscles. Bright...

    Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    It is an injury to the brain caused by some typeof outside force. It is similar to a concussion.It may result from a fall or car crash, from anobject hitting your head, or it may occur duringsome sports. With this type of injury, a lossof consciousness, amnesia, or changes in...

    Corrections

    Correction

    Error in when to perform a test of cure after gonorrhea treatment. In AAFP News Now: AFP Edition (September 15, 2012, p. 497), the second item on page 498, “CDC Discourages Use of Cefixime in Update on Gonorrhea Treatment,” contained an error in regard to when patients should...



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