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    Annular Lesions: Diagnosis and Treatment

    Kathryn P. Trayes, Katherine Savage, James S. Studdiford

    Many diseases present with cutaneous annular lesions, making distinction by physical appearance alone challenging. This review highlights the physical appearance and history of presentation of these skin findings, which can aid in diagnosing common and uncommon diseases....

    Common Foot Problems: Over-the-Counter Treatments and Home Care

    Blair A. Becker, Marc A. Childress

    Many common foot problems do not require podiatry referral or complex interventions and are best managed with appropriate over-the-counter treatments and home care, with careful guidance from a family physician. Treatments can include nonprescription medications, modified...

    Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Difficult Insertions and Removals

    Linda Prine, Meera Shah

    Although most long-acting reversible contraception insertions and removals are straightforward, with the rise in the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, clinicians are more likely to encounter challenges with these procedures. Uterine structure can pose...

    AAFP News Now: AFP Edition

    AAFP News: AFP Edition

    FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones | Title X Change Would Threaten Evidence-Based Care, AAFP Warns | AAFP Calls for Wide-Ranging Approach to Lowering Drug Prices | The EveryONE Project Introduces Neighborhood Navigator

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Feed Thickener for Newborn Infants with Gastroesophageal Reflux

    Corey Fogleman, Lara Kobrin

    Feed thickeners decrease the number of reflux episodes in full-term formula-fed infants. Additionally, full-term formula-fed infants with GER who are given thickeners are more than twice as likely to be asymptomatic compared with infants not receiving thickeners at one to...

    Blood Pressure Targets for Patients with Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease

    Dustin K. Smith, Paul Seales, Sajeewane Seales

    Achieving a target BP of 135/85 mm Hg or less does not decrease the risk of total cardiovascular events vs. treating to a target of 140 to 160/90 to 100 mm Hg. Further, treating to the lower BP target does not improve total mortality, cardiovascular mortality, or serious...


    Radon: A Leading Environmental Cause of Lung Cancer

    R. William Field

    Protracted exposure to radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Family physicians play a key role in informing patients about the health risks.


    Nonopioids Equivalent to Opioids for Severe Chronic Back, Hip, or Knee Pain with Fewer Adverse Outcomes

    David Slawson

    Nonopioid medications were at least as effective as opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months in adults with severe chronic back pain or knee or hip osteoarthritis pain. The evidence that opioids are not superior to nonopioid medications for...

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    A Painless Facial Nodule

    J. Thomas Landers, John D. Peters

    A man presented with a solitary erythematous nodule on his chin that had persisted for three months despite antibiotic treatment.

    Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

    Management of Insomnia Disorder in Adults

    Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar

    What are the effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, and adverse effects of interventions for insomnia disorder in adults?

    Practice Guidelines

    Antibiotics for Uncomplicated Skin Abscesses After Incision and Drainage: BMJ Rapid Recommendation

    Lisa Hauk

    A collaboration between the BMJ and the MAGIC group led an international panel made up of a variety of health care professionals (e.g., family physicians, internists, dermatologists) and adults with experience treating and living with skin abscesses to create recommendations...

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    Effect of Dietary Changes on IBS Symptoms

    Michael Erlandson, Suzanne Hutchison, Laurie C. Ivey, Denise Ogden, Kenyon Weidle

    A diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FOD-MAPs) decreases IBS symptoms and improves quality of life compared with usual diet.

    Medicine by the Numbers

    Chewing Gum for Reducing Post-Cesarean Section Ileus

    Gary Green

    Although the current body of literature suggests a need for higher-quality, more robust research, the simplicity, frugality, and safety of chewing gum makes it a viable option to offer women undergoing cesarean section.

    Letters to the Editor

    Case Report: Successful Maternal and Fetal Outcomes After Uterine Rupture

    Mary Elise Lynch, MaryAnn Dakkak

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Common Foot Problems: Home Treatments

    Caution: If you have diabetes or blood vessel disease in your feet, you need special care. Talk to your doctor about any foot problems you are having.


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