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    Prevention of Health Care–Associated Infections

    VINCENT HSU

    Basic strategies to prevent health care–associated infections include administrative support, educating health care personnel, and hand hygiene and isolation precautions. Strategies to prevent central line–associated infections include avoidance of unnecessary insertion,...

    Thyroiditis: An Integrated Approach

    LORI B. SWEENEY, CHRISTOPHER STEWART, DAVID Y. GAITONDE

    Thyroiditis is a general term that encompasses several clinical disorders characterized by inflammation of the thyroid gland. The diagnosis of chronic autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto thyroiditis) is usually straightforward; patients typically present with a nontender goiter...

    Top 20 Research Studies of 2013 for Primary Care Physicians

    MARK H. EBELL, ROLAND GRAD

    Primary care clinicians have selected the top research articles from 2013 that are most relevant and likely to change their practice. The studies, known as POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters), cover a variety of topics, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and...

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    AAFP Denounces “Arbitrary Elimination” of Physicians from Insurers' Networks | Preconception, Interconception Care Toolkit Now Available Online | CDC: Despite Gains, HPV Vaccination Rates in Teens Still “Unacceptably Low” | <i><b>M<sc>ed</sc></b><b>W<sc>atch</sc></b></i>: FDA...

    Editorials

    Rosiglitazone, Medical Reversal, and Back to Basics for Diabetes

    VINAY PRASAD

    For too long, the debate in diabetes has centered on the question: Is this medication harmful? It's time to revisit the more fundamental question: Is this treatment beneficial?

    Clinical Evidence Handbook

    Primary Raynaud Phenomenon

    JANET ELIZABETH POPE

    What are the effects of drug treatments for primary Raynaud phenomenon?

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults

    IRIS MABRY-HERNANDEZ, SHANNON BLACKMER

    T.S. is a 59-year-old white man born in 1955. He presents as a new patient to request a refill of his cholesterol medication. He has an unremarkable medical history. When you inquire about his social history, he reports that he has been married for 30 years, drinks a moderate...

    Photo Quiz

    Persistent Pruritic Papulovesicles

    AMIT MISTRY, NISHA MISTRY

    A man presented with a chronic rash on the extensor surfaces of his elbows and on his buttocks, and episodes of alternating diarrhea and constipation.

    AFP Journal Club

    Can CPOE Systems Decrease Use of Laboratory Studies and Control Costs?

    ROBERT DACHS, JILL ENDRES, MARK A. GRABER

    Can computerized physician order entry systems decrease the use of laboratory studies? An intervention's durability (ability to provide sustained results) is important to consider before implementing the intervention based on a study's results.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Prostaglandins to Induce Labor in Women with Asthma

    RICHARD L. SUNDERMEYER, ROBERT K. PERSONS, MISTY J. CARRILLO, null MLIS

    There is little evidence evaluating whether prostaglandins used to induce labor increase the risk of bronchospasm in patients with asthma. The use of dinoprostone to induce labor is not associated with asthma exacerbations or reduced oxygen saturation in patients with active...

    Practice Guidelines

    ACOG Releases Guideline on Gestational Diabetes

    AMBER RANDEL

    Gestational diabetes increases the risk of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, cesarean delivery, and developing diabetes later in life. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a guideline that provides recommendations based on good...

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults: Recommendation Statement

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk of infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965.



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