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    Acute Hand Infections

    Caitlyn M. Rerucha, John T. Ewing, Kathryn E. Oppenlander, Wesley Charles Cowan

    Any trauma to the hand, particularly a penetrating trauma, may introduce damaging pathogens. Superficial infections occur in the skin and subcutaneous tissues, whereas deep infections can involve the tendon sheaths, adjacent anatomic compartments, deep fascial planes, bursae,...

    Type 2 Diabetes Therapies: A STEPS Approach

    Joshua Steinberg, Lyndsay Carlson

    Several recent large randomized controlled trials have significantly improved physicians' knowledge about the impact of medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus on patient-oriented outcomes. A concise and organized way to evaluate pharmacotherapy options is to use the five...

    Manipulative Therapies: What Works

    Michael Seth Smith, Jairo Olivas, Kristy Smith

    Manipulative therapies comprise a variety of manually guided techniques that aim to improve physiologic function or support homeostasis. Spinal manipulative therapy may provide short-term improvement in acute and chronic low back pain. Cervical manipulation or mobilization...


    Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Primary Care Approach

    Warren A. Bodine

    Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a valuable modality that has the potential to decrease cost and improve pain/function in patients.

    AFP Clinical Answers

    Otalgia, Preeclampsia, Latent Tuberculosis, Pityriasis Rosea, Extremity Pain

    Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.

    Putting Prevention Into Practice

    Screening for Cervical Cancer

    Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Prajakta Adsul

    P.J., a 48-year-old woman, presents to your office for a well-woman examination. She has been married for eight years, has no history of sexually transmitted diseases, and has nothing remarkable in her medical history.

    Photo Quiz

    Growth on the Abdomen

    Darin Kennedy, Rhonnie Song

    A 36-year-old man presented with a growth on his right lower abdomen. The nodule was initially small but had grown over the previous three years. The patient was unsure if it began as a wound or abscess. It was drained once in the emergency department. The area was not...


    Abaloparatide (Tymlos) for Osteoporosis

    Benjamin F. Simmons, III, Anthony J. Caprio

    Abaloparatide is a safe and effective medication used to reduce the likelihood of vertebral and nonvertebral fractures in women at high risk. However, it is expensive and requires daily injections. It has not been evaluated for its effect on decreasing hip fractures.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Metformin for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis

    Samira Farah, Thu Nguyen, Gary Kelsberg, Sarah Safranek

    Metformin does not seem to be an effective treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. There are no studies evaluating whether metformin improves long-term patient-oriented outcomes such as progression from NAFLD to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular...

    Practice Guidelines

    ACIP Approves 2019 Adult and Childhood/Adolescent Immunization Schedules

    Pamela G. Rockwell

    The 2019 adult and childhood/adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human...

    Letters to the Editor

    Additional Rheumatologic Tests Critical in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis

    Edward S. Harris

    Reply: Yousaf Ali

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Hand Infections

    Hand infections happen when there is an injury to the skin of the hand, fingers, cuticle, or nail folds. Common causes include manicures, ingrown nails, bites, or puncture wounds. Infections may appear in the fold of your nail, at the tip of your finger, or anywhere on your...


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