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    Prevention of Unintentional Childhood Injury

    Katharine Claire DeGeorge, Caitlyn Easterling Neltner, Benjamin Thomas Neltner

    Unintentional injury accounts for one-third of deaths in children and adolescents each year. Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until at least 24 months of age. Infants should be positioned on their backs in a crib, on a mattress with only a fitted...

    Pregnancy Myths and Practical Tips

    Rebecca Caro, Julia Fast

    Weight gain in pregnancy should be guided by preconception body mass index. A well-balanced diet including omega-3-fatty acids should be encouraged, as should a daily prenatal vitamin. Pregnant women should limit caffeine intake to 200 mg per day and avoid artificial...

    Persistent Night Sweats: Diagnostic Evaluation

    Carl Bryce

    Night sweats are a nonspecific symptom that patients commonly experience but rarely discuss with their physicians without prompting. Most patients who report persistent night sweats in this setting do not have a serious underlying disorder. Conditions commonly associated with...

    Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

    Yes: Improved Medicare for All Would Rescue an American Health Care System in Crisis

    Ed Weisbart

    Yes: Improved Medicare for All Would Rescue an American Health Care System in Crisis

    No: Medicare for All Would Cause Chaos and Fail to Control Health Care Costs

    Richard A. Young

    No: Medicare for All Would Cause Chaos and Fail to Control Health Care Costs

    AFP Clinical Answers

    PID Treatment, Low Back Pain, Opioids, Plasma Injections, Sphygmomanometry

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

    Cochrane for Clinicians

    Acute Appendicitis: Computed Tomography for Diagnosis in Adults

    Jeffrey C. Leggit

    In a nonpregnant adult with clinical signs and symptoms of appendicitis, computed tomography has a sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 94%.

    Effects of Inhaled Corticosteroids on Growth in Children with Persistent Asthma

    Aaron Saguil

    Inhaled fluticasone (Flovent; 200 mcg per day) is associated with a greater linear growth velocity when compared with beclomethasone (400 mcg per day; an equivalent dose).

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    Enlarging Leg Nodule

    Samantha J. Bartling, Erik A. Kumetz, Carrick T. Burns, Shayna C. Rivard

    A patient presented with an enlarging, nonpainful, nonpruritic nodule just below the right knee where he sustained minor trauma twelve years earlier.

    Practice Guidelines

    Patellofemoral Pain: Guidelines from the American Physical Therapy Association

    Janelle Marra

    The American Physical Therapy Association released guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patellofemoral pain.

    FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

    Alcohol Use Disorder: Pharmacologic Treatment Options

    Cynthia Groves, Leslie Griffin, J. Lacie Bradford, Beth Auten

    Acamprosate and naltrexone should be used as first-line agents for treatment of alcohol use disorder and are effective for reducing relapse rates. Agent selection should be based on comorbid conditions and adherence to the dosing regimen.

    Medicine by the Numbers

    Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Operative Vaginal Delivery

    Alexis Aust, James J. Arnold

    Current guidelines from the World Health Organization do not recommend routine antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal birth because of insufficient evidence of effectiveness.

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    Preventing Accidental Injuries in Children

    Use a car seat or booster seat until your child is at least nine years old.


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