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    Cancer Screening in Older Patients

    BROOKE SALZMAN, KATHRYN BELDOWSKI, AMANDA DE LA PAZ

    There is a paucity of clinical trial data about the effectiveness and harms of cancer screening in older patients. In the United States, healthy older patients are often underscreened, whereas those in poor health are too often overscreened. An individualized approach to...

    Glaucoma

    DIVAKAR GUPTA, PHILIP P. CHEN

    The glaucomas are a group of optic neuropathies that cause visual field loss. Elevated intraocular pressure is associated with glaucoma; however, this measurement has poor specificity and sensitivity to detect patients with the disease. Primary open-angle glaucoma and primary...

    Diagnosis and Management of Adnexal Masses

    WENDY S. BIGGS, SARAH TULLY MARKS

    Gynecologic etiologies of an adnexal mass range from luteal cysts to ovarian cancer; however, nongynecologic origins, such as gastrointestinal, urinary, or metastatic sources, should also be considered. The initial step in evaluating an adnexal mass in a patient of...

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    2016 Match Sets Record for Family Medicine | CDC Releases Final Opioids Guideline | EHR Vendors Agree to Improve Data Sharing | Program Fosters Team-Based Primary Care

    Editorials

    Counseling Women About Breast Cancer Screening

    MARK H. EBELL, KENNETH W. LIN

    Practical strategies can help family physicians and women in their 40s make more informed decisions about breast cancer screening.

    STEPS

    Ivabradine (Corlanor) for Heart Failure

    KYLE DAVIS, ERIC DIETRICH

    In patients with stable systolic heart failure already on maximal medication therapy, adding ivabradine may reduce the number of hospitalizations related to heart failure (NNT for two years = 20), but it does not reduce cardiovascular mortality. In addition, many patients...

    Curbside Consultation

    Evaluation of Behavior Change in Patients with Developmental Disabilities

    CLARISSA KRIPKE

    A mother brought her 19-year-old nonverbal, autistic son to our clinic. She requested medication for him to reduce the number of episodes that include loud vocalizations, thrashing, and head banging. These episodes usually occur in the car. At baseline, the man has difficulty...

    Photo Quiz

    Red Tender Nodule on a Pregnant Patient

    STEPHEN C. BRAWLEY, THEODORE H. ROGERS

    A pregnant woman presented with a sore throat and tonsillar exudates. She did not respond to antibiotics and developed multiple erythematous nodules on both of her shins.

    POEMs

    Hyaluronic Acid Equivalent to Sham Injections in Patients with Knee DJD

    HENRY C. BARRY

    The highest quality studies, which are now fairly plentiful, show that hyaluronic acid injections are only minimally better than sham injections in improving pain and function in patients with knee DJD.

    Low High-Sensitivity Troponin I Level Accurate in Identifying Patients at Low Risk of Cardiac Events

    HENRY C. BARRY

    Practice Guidelines

    ACS Releases Guideline on Breast Cancer Screening

    MARSELLE BREDEMEYER

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) organized an interdisciplinary guideline development group to review the available evidence on breast cancer mortality, quality of life, life expectancy, false-positive findings, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment, and to update their 2003...

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Breast Cancer: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.

    Letters to the Editor

    Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis as Cause of Headache and Fever

    KEVIN SHERIN, W. MATTHEW LINAM, SWANNIE JETT

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Cancer Screening

    A screening test can find diseases before you have symptoms or feel sick. Screening for certain cancers when you are at the right age can sometimes lead to better treatment, which may lower your chances of dying from the disease.

    Ovarian Cysts and Ovarian Cancer

    Each month during your period, you likely get a small cyst on your ovaries. These cysts are a normal part of your period. Sometimes they cause pain, but they usually do not cause any other symptoms. Most cysts go away each month. If the cysts stay or get larger, you may get...



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