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    Epilepsy: Treatment Options

    GERALD LIU, NICOLE SLATER, ALLEN PERKINS

    Patient risk factors are key in determining when to initiate therapy with antiepileptics after a first seizure. These agents have important adverse effects that must be weighed against any benefit that may be conferred. Additionally, many persons do not experience seizure...

    Common Herbal Dietary Supplement–Drug Interactions

    GARY N. ASHER, AMANDA H. CORBETT, ROY L. HAWKE

    Physicians should maintain an open dialogue with patients about dietary supplement use and potential interactions with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Many resources are available to provide current data on supplement safety and product quality information. This...

    Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities

    RANIT MISHORI, SHOSHANA ALEINIKOFF, DAWN DAVIS

    Before resettlement in the United States, all refugees must undergo an overseas medical screening to detect conditions that pose a potential health threat. On arrival, they should undergo an examination to detect diseases prevalent in their country of origin or departure, and...

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    Poll Shows Physician Frustration with Prior Authorizations at New High | Family Physicians Offer Perspectives on Incarceration and Health | Researchers Examine Exemplary Approaches to Team-Based Care | CBO Projects Rising Demand for Primary Care Physicians

    Editorials

    Refugee Mental Health: A Primary Care Approach

    JEFFREY WALDEN

    A review of the refugee resettlement process and the clinical aspects of caring for patients who have experienced war, conflict, violence, and threats.

    Photo Quiz

    Hypoxemia and Nonproductive Cough

    MATTHEW S. RICE

    A 47-year-old man presented with general fatigue, chills, dyspnea, dry cough, and occasional subjective fever. Chest radiography demonstrated diffuse hazy opacities.

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults

    ROBERT J. McNELLIS, SHAVONDA THOMAS

    R.K. is a 52-year-old white man who presents to your office for a preventive health visit. He is overweight and has a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia, which are stable and well controlled with medication. One of his coworkers was recently diagnosed with obstructive...

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Treatment for Calcaneal Apophysitis

    KATHERINE UVELLI, JON O. NEHER, SARAH SAFRANEK

    Several treatments for calcaneal apophysitis may produce modest short-term improvements in pain scores. Heel inserts and prefabricated orthotics may initially improve pain scores and dysfunction, but patients have equal improvement by three months with or without therapy.

    POEMs

    Greater Benefit with Rivaroxaban Than Aspirin for Extended Treatment of VTE

    NITA SHRIKANT KULKARNI

    Compared with aspirin, the use of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) to extend anticoagulation beyond the initial six to 12 months to treat provoked or unprovoked VTE reduces the risk of recurrent symptomatic VTE without increasing the risk of bleeding. You would need to treat...

    High False-Positive Rate with Lung Cancer Screening

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    Niacin Does Not Decrease Mortality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease or Low HDL

    ALLEN F. SHAUGHNESSY

    We are now flush with data about the effects of niacin in patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Despite its ability to raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) serum cholesterol levels, it does not add additional mortality or morbidity benefit to statin treatment. Patients...

    Practice Guidelines

    Peanut Allergy Prevention: Guidelines from the NIAID

    LISA HAUK

    The NIAID has provided addendum guidelines, which include recommendations based on new evidence for peanut allergy prevention.

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in asymptomatic adults.

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    What Should I Know About Seizures and Epilepsy?

    Seizure (SEE-zhure) is a word for body movements you can't control. Seizures are caused by nerves in the brain not working right.



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