ROBERT LANGAN, KRISTEN JONES
Treatment of hypertension reduces the risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disease, and death. Several lifestyle modifications are associated with improvements in blood pressure, including the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, sodium...
JEFFREY D. QUINLAN, NEIL J. MURPHY
Compared with spontaneous vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery is associated with increased maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Post–cesarean delivery complications include pain, endomyometritis, wound separation/infection, urinary tract infection, gastrointestinal...
GARY W. CLARK, SARA M. POPE, KHALID A. JABOORI
Seborrheic dermatitis is a clinical diagnosis based on the location and appearance of lesions. Treatment with antifungal agents such as topical ketoconazole is the mainstay of therapy for seborrheic dermatitis of the face and body. Because of possible adverse effects, anti...
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MARK EBELL, JESSICA HERZSTEIN
The second in a series of AFP editorials that addresses the related issues of over-screening, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis occurs when a disease is diagnosed and treated, even though that disease never would have harmed the patient if left untreated.
NATHAN HITZEMAN, SARAH WILLIAMS
Compared with patients receiving standard therapy (e.g., fluids, analgesics), placebo, or calcium channel blockers, patients receiving alpha blockers had about three fewer days to ureteral stone expulsion and were less likely to be hospitalized. Adverse effects of alpha...
At dosages greater than 2 mg per day, buprenorphine maintains treatment retention better than placebo. When flexible dosing (doses adjusted based on patient symptoms) is used, the effectiveness of buprenorphine is comparable to that of methadone in suppressing opioid use.
ELIZABETH BROWN, KATHLEEN KLINK
The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, funded since 2011 and set to expire in 2015, has increased the numbers of primary care physicians and dentists training to care for under-served populations nationwide. Without continued federal funding,...
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for suicide risk in adolescents, adults, and older adults in primary care.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation starting at six months of age for children whose water supply is deficient in fluoride.
JILL ENDRES, MARK A. GRABER, ROBERT DACHS
Benzodiazepine exposure over the preceding five years seems to be associated with an increased likelihood of an Alzheimer disease diagnosis. A dose-response gradient also seems to exist.
BACHIR TAZKARJI, AMBIKA GANESHAMOORTHY, BETH AUTEN
ACE inhibitors should be used in patients with hypertension because they reduce all-cause mortality, whereas ARBs do not.
ASHLEY S. MARTIN, DIANA BOLOTIN, MARA BEVERIDGE
A 19-year-old college student presented with erythematous papules and vesicles on an erythematous base that were scattered over his face, scalp, trunk, and upper extremities. The lesions appeared in multiple stages, some with crusting and excoriation.
This guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which provides information on health outcomes associated with labor after cesarean delivery/vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (LAC/VBAC), replaces the 2005 guideline on trial of labor after cesarean...
Treatment is important because having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
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