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Am Fam Physician. 2022;105(1):19

Are positional therapies effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea?

Positional therapies for obstructive sleep apnea produce moderate improvements (16% to 40% improvement in Epworth Sleepiness Scale) compared with no treatment. Positional therapies are not as effective as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

Is ibuprofen or acetaminophen more effective at reducing fever or pain in children younger than two years?

Ibuprofen is more effective at reducing temperature and pain at various follow-up periods compared with acetaminophen. Further study is needed to evaluate combination therapy, specific dosing, and use in patients younger than six months.

In patients requiring mobility assistive devices, when would it be appropriate to prescribe a cane vs. a walker?

A cane is preferred when only one upper limb is needed to aid in balance or weight-bearing. If both upper limbs are needed, crutches or a walker is more appropriate.

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