Katharine C. DeGeorge, Daniel J. Ring, Sarah N. Dalrymple
Acute upper respiratory tract infection, also called the common cold, is the most common acute illness in the United States. Informing patients about the self-limited nature of this illness can help manage expectations, limit antibiotic use, and avoid over-the-counter...
Roland Grad, Mark H. Ebell
The annual installment of this series summarizes actions to consider avoiding in clinical practice, consistent with the goals of the Choosing Wisely campaign. These POEMs (patient-oriented evidence that matters) were rated highly by members of the Canadian Medical Association...
Susan Bonkemeyer Millan, Run Gan, Petra E. Townsend
Venous leg ulcers are open skin lesions that occur in an area affected by venous hypertension. They are the most common type of chronic lower extremity ulcers. Venous leg ulcers typically have an irregular shape and well-defined borders, and often occur over bony prominences....
Emma Wallace, Norah Murphy
Evidence shows that physicians need more training in discussing life expectancy, and there are resources available to support this process for certain conditions.
Key clinical questions and their evidence-based answers directly from the journal’s content, written by and for family physicians.
Drew Baird, Ariel Hoffman
Are amphetamines safe and effective in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
Progestogens reduce the risk of miscarriage when compared with placebo in patients with threatened miscarriage (number needed to treat [NNT] = 10.) Use of progestogens poses no significant risks to mother or baby.
Barry D. Weiss
What can physicians do when our patients act on findings from the internet?
Corey Lyon, Kyle Leggott, Shannon Langner, Kristen DeSanto
Gabapentin is not effective for the treatment of radicular low back pain and is associated with adverse effects.
Mark H. Ebell
The Prolaris test improves the accuracy of prognosis for patients with prostate cancer, especially those with low- or intermediate-grade disease who may be deciding between interventional and noninterventional treatment approaches.
Nguyet-Cam Lam, Tue T. Te, Tam T. Te
A six-year-old child presented with eye swelling, cold-like symptoms, and fever.
Key Points for Practice
Most colds don't cause serious illness and will get better over time. Adults can treat cold symptoms with over-the-counter medicines. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you.
Most colds don't cause serious illness and will get better over time. Cold symptoms can be treated with certain over-the-counter medicines, but some of these should not be used in young children. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before giving your child over-the...
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