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    Depression in Children and Adolescents: Evaluation and Treatment

    Shelley S. Selph, Marian S. McDonagh

    The prevalence of major unipolar depression in children and adolescents is increasing in the United States. Children older than 12 years should be screened for depression annually using a validated instrument, such as the Patient Health Questionnaire-9: Modified for Teens....

    The Changing Climate: Managing Health Impacts

    Cindy L. Parker, Caroline E. Wellbery, Matthew Mueller

    Health impacts from climate change may include increased morbidity and mortality from worsening cardiopulmonary health, worsening allergies, and greater risk of infectious disease and mental illness after extreme weather events. Family physicians should advise patients to...

    Specific Learning Disabilities: The Family Physician's Role

    Michelle J. Curtin, Deanna R. Willis, Brett Enneking

    Academic underachievement, such as failing a class and the threat of grade retention, is common in school-aged children. Family physicians can provide support and guidance for families as they pursue information on and options for their child's unique academic challenges....

    Editorials

    Climate Change Health Impacts: A Role for the Family Physician

    Caroline E. Wellbery

    Why is climate change a matter of such importance to us as health care professionals, and why must we act?

    Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us

    Landis Lum

    The sounds of alarm increasingly manifested across multiple sectors around the globe are warranted, and the science shows why.

    AFP Clinical Answers

    Aspirin for CVD, Scabies, Intimate Partner Violence, Maternal Vaccines, Caregiver Burden

    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 HIV Infection and Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection

    Howard Tracer, Wilnise Jasmin

    J.S., a 29-year-old transgender woman, presents for her first maintenance visit with a new family physician. It has been three years since her previous visit with a primary care physician. She has no chronic illnesses, stopped using tobacco products four years ago, and...

    Photo Quiz

    Seizure with Brain Lesions

    Merima Bucaj, Henna Parmar, Philippe Bierny

    A 42-year-old man presented after a seizure that lasted approximately four or five minutes. The patient said he had a “weird feeling” before the seizure and a headache afterward. He had not traveled recently and did not have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, confusion, neck...

    STEPS

    Hydrogen Peroxide 40% (Eskata) for Seborrheic Keratosis

    Sandy Robertson, John Franko

    Hydrogen peroxide 40% topical solution is not particularly effective for removing seborrheic keratosis lesions, and skin reactions are common.

    POEMs

    Fully Automated Blood Pressure Measurement Is the Way to Go in the Office

    Allen F. Shaughnessy

    automated measurement aligns better with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, the best predictor of cardiovascular events, than manual measurement; manual readings are an average 13.4 to 14.5 mm Hg (systolic) higher than daytime ambulatory or automated readings in patients...

    As-Needed Budesonide/Formoterol Similar to Maintenance Budesonide Plus SABA in Patients with Mild Asthma

    Mark H. Ebell

    In these patients with mild asthma (more than one-half used a short-acting beta-agonist [SABA] such as albuterol two or fewer times per week), as-needed use of a combined budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort) inhaler was as effective at preventing exacerbations as daily...

    Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Not Beneficial for Nonoperative Treatment of Rotator Cuff Disease

    David C. Slawson

    The review found no evidence that supports any additional benefit of platelet-rich plasma injections compared with various control interventions, including saline placebo, in the non-operative treatment of rotator cuff disease in adults.

    Early Cardioversion No Better Than Delayed Cardioversion for Recent-Onset Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

    Nita Shrikant Kulkarni

    For patients presenting to the emergency department with recent-onset symptomatic atrial fibrillation, early cardioversion is no better than delayed cardioversion in achieving sinus rhythm within four weeks.

    Practice Guidelines

    Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia: A Practice Bulletin from ACOG

    Lisa Croke

    Globally, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the main causes of maternal death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a practice bulletin to outline diagnosis and treatment recommendations for these conditions.

    U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

    Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with effective antiretroviral therapy to persons who are at high risk of HIV acquisition.

    Screening for HIV Infection: Recommendation Statement

    The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for HIV infection in adolescents and adults aged 15 to 65 years. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk of infection should also be screened.

    Letters to the Editor

    Potential Drug Interactions in Patients Taking Oral Contraceptive Pills

    Electronic Cigarettes: More Questions Than Answers

    Spinosad: A Low-Risk, Effective Treatment for Lice

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Depression in Children and Teens

    Depression is an illness that can make your child feel sad or hopeless. Children with depression may seem less confident or lose interest in things they used to enjoy. They may have trouble focusing or seem grouchy, angry, or worried. They may not want to go to school. Their...



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