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    Management of Common Sleep Disorders

    KANNAN RAMAR, ERIC J. OLSON

    Patients with sleep disorders can be categorized as those who cannot sleep, those who will not sleep, those with excessive daytime sleepiness, and those with increased movements during sleep. Some sleep disorders can be diagnosed with history alone, although polysomnography...

    Childhood Eye Examination

    AMANDA L. BELL, MARY ELIZABETH RODES, LISA COLLIER KELLAR

    Vision screening in children is an ongoing process, with different components that should occur at each well-child visit. It begins with a vision history, followed by eye examination, including measurement of visual acuity. The purpose of vision screening is to detect...

    Parathyroid Disorders

    THOMAS C. MICHELS, KEVIN M. KELLY

    Persons with parathyroid disorders most commonly present with abnormalities of serum calcium. Evaluation includes a history and physical examination, and measurement of serum calcium, creatinine, magnesium, vitamin D, and parathyroid hormone levels. The treatment for...

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    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Proposed 2014 Medicare Fee Schedule Could Increase Payments for Primary Care | Compensation for Family Physicians on the Rise | CMS Tracks Effects of EHRs on U.S. Health Care | Studies Examine How to Improve Shared Decision-Making for PSA Screening | New Mobile App Helps...

    Editorials

    Risks Associated with Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use

    BRIAN JOHNSON, JON STRELTZER

    Many patients underestimate the degree of impairment caused by benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines increase the risk of addiction, withdrawal, cognitive decline, motor vehicle crashes, and hip fracture. The risk of overdose is particularly great when combined with sedative drugs...

    Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

    Relying on NPs and PAs Does Not Avoid the Need for Policy Solutions for Primary Care

    STEPHEN M. PETTERSON, ROBERT L. PHILLIPS, JR., ANDREW W. BAZEMORE, BRIDGET TEEVAN BURKE, GERALD T. KOINIS

    Physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are often proposed as solutions to the looming shortage of primary care physicians. However, a large and growing number of PAs and NPs now work outside of primary care, which suggests that innovative policy solutions to...

    Photo Quiz

    A Shiny Red Papule in an Older Person

    YU WAH, RICHARD P. USATINE, MARTIN P. FERNANDEZ

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

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    Vilazodone (Viibryd) for the Treatment of Depression

    JOHN D. GAZEWOOD, PARKER SLAYTON, KATHARINE DeGEORGE

    The available evidence does not support the routine use of vilazodone in the treatment of depression. It is significantly more expensive than generic alternatives and is no more effective for moderate to severe depression than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or...

    Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

    ADHD Interventions in Children Younger Than Six Years

    ELIZABETH SALISBURY-AFSHAR

    What are the potential benefits and adverse effects associated with treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in preschool-aged children (younger than six years)?

    Practice Guidelines

    ACOG Releases Practice Bulletin on Osteoporosis

    LISA HAUK

    This practice bulletin from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reviews diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment options for women with osteoporosis.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Interventions for Lower-Extremity Lymphedema

    KIMBERLY ZOBERI, BETH AUTEN

    Complete decongestive physiotherapy (i.e., a noninvasive protocol consisting of skin care, lymph drainage massage, exercises, and compression bandaging1) effectively improves edema, rates of infection, and quality of life in patients with lower-extremity lymphedema.

    Letters to the Editor

    Osteopath Is Incorrect Term for Osteopathic Physicians

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