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    Diagnosis and Management of Acute Diverticulitis

    THAD WILKINS, KATHERINE EMBRY, RUTH GEORGE

    Patients with acute diverticulitis may present with left lower quadrant pain, tenderness, abdominal distention, and fever. Initial laboratory studies include a complete blood count, basic metabolic panel, urinalysis, and measurement of C-reactive protein. Hospitalization...

    Psoriasis

    NANCY WEIGLE, SARAH McBANE

    Diagnosis of psoriasis is based on clinical findings, and biopsy is rarely necessary. Topical therapies are useful for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Systemic therapies, with or without phototherapy, are indicated for more severe psoriasis. Biologic therapies can be...

    Clinical Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women

    LAUREN HERSH, BROOKE SALZMAN

    Treatment of urge and stress incontinence begins with behavioral therapy, such as pelvic floor muscle exercises. Other management options for urge incontinence include posterior tibial nerve stimulation, anticholinergic agents, beta-adrenergic agonists, or onabotulinumtoxinA...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Medicare Physician Payment Rate, GME Programs Affected by Budget Cuts | State Medicaid Programs Drive PCMH Initiatives Forward, Provide Lessons for Payers | Panel Indicates Need for Medical Schools to Change Approach to Physician Training | Budget Requests for Physician...

    Editorials

    Obesity in Pregnancy

    ANDREW W. GARRISON

    Obesity is increasingly common among pregnant women, and it can cause significant risk to mother and fetus. Family physicians who provide prenatal care should also be familiar with recommendations for the management of obesity in pregnancy.

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Dietary Fat Modification and the Risk of Future Cardiovascular Events and Mortality

    QUYNH BUI

    According to the authors of this Cochrane review, reducing or modifying a patient's dietary fat intake did not lower the rates of either total or cardiovascular-related mortality when compared with usual or control diets. Reducing the intake of total or saturated fats...

    POEMs

    Increased Bed Alarm Use Does Not Decrease Falls in Hospitalized Patients

    NITA SHRIKANT KULKARNI

    In this underpowered study, nursing education to encourage increased use of bed alarms did not lead to fewer falls in hospitalized patients.

    Photo Quiz

    Multiple Vesicles and Bullae on the Scrotum

    ENGIN SENEL, ZEYNEL ABIDIN DEMIR, YASEMIN DÖLEK

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

    Practice Guidelines

    AUA Guideline Addresses Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Follow-Up of Asymptomatic Microhematuria

    MARA LAMBERT

    The American Urological Association (AUA) has released a guideline to direct physicians and patients during the diagnosis, evaluation, and follow-up of asymptomatic microhematuria in adults. Microhematuria is defined as the presence of three or more red blood cells per high...

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Diverticulitis

    Diverticulosis (di-ver-tik-u-LO-sis) is when you have pouches in the colon that bulge out. These pouches are called diverticula (di-ver-TIK-u-lah). They are caused by pressure in the colon that weakens the bowel wall. Not eating enough fiber, not exercising enough, and taking...

    Psoriasis

    Psoriasis (sore-EYE-uh-sis) is a skin problem that causes a rash with thick, scaly patches. It can also cause problems in the joints and changes in the nails. Psoriasis can run in families. It can start after an illness or injury to the skin. The cause of psoriasis is not...



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