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    Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines

    HOBART LEE, JEFFREY KIM, KARINE TAGMAZYAN

    The guidelines from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) combine the subjective and objective components of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to classify severity and guide treatment recommendations. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary...

    Diagnosis and Management of Physical Abuse in Children

    CHARLES KODNER, ANGELA WETHERTON

    Family physicians should consider physical abuse in the differential diagnosis of suspicious injuries, and report suspected abuse to child protective services. Assessment for abuse involves a history and physical examination, as well as radiographic imaging and laboratory...

    Recognition and Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

    TONYA L. CAYLOR, ALLEN PERKINS

    Although polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis are similar inflammatory conditions that often occur together, they have distinct symptoms that necessitate long-term corticosteroid use in older adults. Relapse is common in both diseases. Surveillance is important, as...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Study Finds Patients' Insurance Status Does Not Affect Quality of Care | Job Satisfaction Is Top Priority for Students | Graham Center Projects State-by-State Demand for Primary Care Physicians | Tool Compares Health Exchange Plan Prices

    Editorials

    Choosing the Right Inhaled Medication Device for COPD

    SHAUNTA' M. RAY, AMY R. BARGER STEVENS

    Data suggest that inhaler devices have similar effectiveness in treating patients with COPD; however, a variety of factors must be considered when selecting the best device for each patient.

    Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

    Second-Generation Antidepressants for Depression in Adults

    DEAN A. SEEHUSEN, RICHARD SHERIDAN

    What are the comparative effectiveness and adverse effects of second-generation antidepressants for treating depression in adults?

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media

    PETER MORRIS

    What are the effects of treatments for chronic suppurative otitis media in adults and children? What are the effects of treatments for cholesteatoma in adults and children?

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Risks of Bisphosphonate Use

    MOLLIE ASHE SCOTT, LINDSY MEADOWCRAFT, DEBBIE SKOLNIK

    Bisphosphonates are associated with a small risk of atypical femoral shaft fractures, which increases with duration of use. Bisphosphonates are associated with a small risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw, which is more common in patients who are older, female, or have poor...

    Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

    Migration After Family Medicine Residency: 56% of Graduates Practice Within 100 Miles of Training

    E. BLAKE FAGAN, SEAN C. FINNEGAN, ANDREW W. BAZEMORE, CLAIRE B. GIBBONS, STEPHEN M. PETTERSON

    With state planners working to address primary care shortages and federal graduate medical education payment reform looming, regional retention statistics for family medicine residency programs are a subject of high interest. Using the 2009 American Medical Association...

    Photo Quiz

    Mottled Skin Changes

    CRAIG GLASS

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

    Practice Guidelines

    AAP Releases Guideline on Managing Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients 10 to 18 Years of Age

    AMBER RANDEL

    Childhood type 2 diabetes poses a challenge to many physicians who are not used to treating this disease in such young patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a guideline of evidence-based recommendations for treating type 2 diabetes in patients 10 to...

    POEMs

    A Simple Algorithm for Children with Chronic Cough

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Routine Stress Testing After Negative Biomarker Testing Is Seldom Helpful

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Fewer than 1% of patients who undergo routine provocative cardiac testing after having two sets of negative serum troponin results following an episode of acute chest pain are identified as having potential benefit from revascularization (American Heart Association [AHA]...

    Letters to the Editor

    Case Report: Risk of Uterine Perforation from IUDs Is Greatest During Postpartum Period

    SARAH L. ANDERSON, LAURA M. BORGELT

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

    Polymyalgia rheumatica (PAW-lee-my-AL-juh roo-MAT-ick-uh), or PMR, is a condition in which the muscles in your neck, shoulders, upper arms, hips, and thighs become swollen and sore. It causes pain and stiffness.

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