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    Evaluation and Treatment of the Acutely Injured Worker

    GREG VANICHKACHORN, BRAD A. ROY, RITA LOPEZ, REBECCA STURDEVANT

    To appropriately individualize the treatment of an injured worker, primary care physicians need to be familiar with the workers' compensation system and treatment guidelines. Care begins with a medical history documenting preexisting medical conditions, use of potentially...

    Evaluation of the Patient with Hip Pain

    JOHN J. WILSON, MASARU FURUKAWA

    There are numerous causes of hip pain, making the diagnosis a challenge. Determining the type and location of pain or dysfunction, time of onset, and precipitating factors can help in diagnosing the cause. Radiography should be performed if acute fracture, dislocations, or...

    Noonan Syndrome

    VIKAS BHAMBHANI, MAXIMILIAN MUENKE

    Noonan syndrome is a common genetic disorder distinguishable by characteristic facial features, along with a number of other clinical attributes. Diagnosis is often made on the basis of clinical features, but molecular genetic testing can provide confirmation in 70% of cases....

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    Localization of hip pain. (A) Posterior view. (B) Anterior view.

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    FABER = flexion, abduction, external rotation; FADIR = flexion, adduction, internal rotation; MRI = magnetic resonance imaging; ROM = range of motion.

    Editorials

    Staying on Track When Prescribing Off-Label

    APRIL S. FITZGERALD, PATRICK G. O'MALLEY

    Off-label use of medications is common, accounting for approximately 10% to 20% of prescriptions. Physicians must evaluate the scientific evidence and use their best judgment to balance effectiveness and safety when choosing a medication for an individual patient.

    Photo Quiz

    Multiple Bullae on the Trunk

    WEI-LI KO, WOAN-RUOH LEE

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

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    Final Rules Issued on Mental Health Parity Law | IOM Report Tallies Incidence and Sequelae of Sports-Related Concussions | Report: More Medical Schools Will Not Solve Problems with Patient Access to Health Care | Proposed FDA Rule Would Speed Dissemination of Safety...

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    Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Sore Throat

    AMY CRAWFORD-FAUCHER

    In adults with suspected bacterial pharyngitis who require antibiotic therapy, adding a corticosteroid may increase the likelihood of complete pain resolution at 24 hours. Further study is needed to assess the safety of corticosteroids and whether they can be recommended for...

    The Role of Breathing Exercises in the Treatment of COPD

    JOSEPH R. YANCEY, DONALD CHAFFEE

    Do breathing exercises lead to improvements in dyspnea, exercise capacity, and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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    Inheriting Patients with Questionable Medication Regimens

    REBECCA A. McATEER

    Inheriting a patient on an inappropriate or questionable medical regimen is a scenario that every physician confronts when practicing continuity care. It can present frustrating challenges, especially for resident physicians, who, because of the nature of training programs,...

    POEMs

    Clopidogrel Plus 21 Days of Aspirin Is Superior to Aspirin Alone Within First 24 Hours of TIA or Minor Stroke

    MARK H. EBELL

    Patients with minor stroke (National Institutes of Health [NIH] Stroke Scale score = 3) or TIA have a decreased risk of recurrent stroke if given aspirin plus clopidogrel vs. aspirin alone if started within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms. There was no significant increase...

    Practice Guidelines

    ACS Releases Guideline on Screening for Lung Cancer with Low-Dose Computed Tomography

    CARRIE ARMSTRONG

    In late 2010, results from the National Lung Screening Trial showed that lung cancer mortality was significantly reduced in high-risk adults who received annual screenings using low-dose computed tomography (CT). After these results were announced, the American Cancer Society...

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    What You Should Know About Hip Pain

    Hip pain is very common and can happen at any age.

    Noonan Syndrome: What You Should Know

    Noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder. This is something you're born with, not something you can catch. It causes some parts of your body to develop abnormally. About one in every 2,000 babies is born with Noonan syndrome.



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