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The Anatomy of an ICD-10 Code -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - An ICD-10 code is one thing you can’t assemble without consulting the instruction book.

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Reducing Adverse Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2012 - Proton pump inhibitors effectively treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, erosive esophagitis, duodenal ulcers, and pathologic hypersecretory conditions. Proton pump inhibitors cause few adverse effects with short-term use; however, long-term use has been scrutinized for ...

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Update on Acute Ankle Sprains - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Ankle sprains are a common problem seen by primary care physicians, especially among teenagers and young adults. Most ankle sprains are inversion injuries to the lateral ankle ligaments, although high sprains representing damage to the tibiofibular syndesmosis are becoming increasingly ...

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Hearing Loss in Older Adults - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Hearing loss affects approximately one-third of adults 61 to 70 years of age and more than 80 percent of those older than 85 years. Men usually experience greater hearing loss and have earlier onset compared with women. The most common type is age-related hearing loss; however, many ...

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Diagnosis and Evaluation of Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome characterized by dyspnea, fatigue, and signs of volume overload, which may include peripheral edema and pulmonary rales. Heart failure has high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in older persons. Many conditions, such as coronary ...

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How to Care for Your Ankle Sprain - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - ...There are several things you should do to help your ankle heal: Stretch Gently stretch the ankle in all directions while you are sitting down. Do this at least three times per day. Walk Walking will make the ankle heal faster and stronger. If you can put weight on your ankle, try...

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Evaluation and Management of Galactorrhea - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2012 - Galactorrhea is commonly caused by hyperprolactinemia, especially when it is associated with amenorrhea. Hyperprolactinemia is most often induced by medication or associated with pituitary adenomas or other sellar or suprasellar lesions. Less common causes of galactorrhea include ...

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A Walking Stick Can Be a Good Alternative to a Cane - Letters to the Editor - American ...

Jun 1, 2012 - ...I wholeheartedly agree that a walking stick is better than a cane. I see many people who have shoulder problems from leaning on a cane. A walking stick does not put pressure on the shoulder, but rather enables the biceps muscle to hold the body up. In addition, many people using a...

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The Door to Recovery: Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction - Close-ups - American ...

Jun 1, 2012 - The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

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AACAP Updates Recommendations on Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive ...

Jun 1, 2012 - Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is common in children, with a prevalence of approximately 1 to 2 percent in the United States, and causes significant disability. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recently published updated recommendations on the ...

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Diabetic Nephropathy--The Family Physician's Role - American Family Physician

May 1, 2012 - Nearly one-half of persons with chronic kidney disease have diabetes mellitus. Diabetes accounted for 44 percent of new cases of kidney failure in 2008. Diabetic nephropathy, also called diabetic kidney disease, is associated with significant macrovascular risk, and is the leading cause...

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Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults - ...

May 1, 2012 - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood can persist into adulthood in at least 30 percent of patients, with 3 to 4 percent of adults meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., diagnostic criteria. A number of conditions, such as thyroid ...

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Managing Adverse Birth Outcomes: Helping Parents and Families Cope - American Family ...

May 1, 2012 - Unexpected adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes (e.g., stillbirth, birth trauma, congenital anomalies) present a crisis for the family and the medical care team. In cases of stillbirth, the family physician should be flexible in supporting the parents’ choices, validate the loss, and ...

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Common Finger Fractures and Dislocations - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2012 - Finger fractures and dislocations are common injuries that are often managed by family physicians. A systematic physical examination is imperative to avoid complications and poor outcomes following these injuries. Radiography (commonly anteroposterior, true lateral, and oblique views) ...

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What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

What Happens When a Doctor Becomes the Patient?

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Gynecomastia - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2012 - Gynecomastia is defined as benign proliferation of glandular breast tissue in men. Physiologic gynecomastia is common in newborns, adolescents, and older men. It is self-limited, but can be treated to minimize emotional distress and physical discomfort. Nonphysiologic gynecomastia may ...

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ICD-10: What You Need to Know Now -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - The government is considering a delay, but that doesn't mean you should.

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It's Time to Get Serious About ICD-10 -- FPM

Apr 1, 2012 - Our article series will help prepare you, and so will a sense of humor.

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Evaluation and Management of Common Anorectal Conditions - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - The prevalence of benign anorectal conditions in the primary care setting is high, although evidence of effective therapy is often lacking. In addition to recognizing common benign anorectal disorders, physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion for inflammatory and malignant ...

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Providing Confidential Care for Adolescents - Editorials - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Adolescents are generally healthy, but they commonly present with high-risk behaviors that are often missed by physicians. Without confidentiality, teenagers may avoid seeking services for sensitive health care needs.

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Chronic Anterior Knee Pain After Mild Trauma in a Sedentary Adolescent - Photo Quiz - ...

Mar 15, 2012 - Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

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Low Platelet Count: What Does It Mean? - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - ...A platelet (also called a thrombocyte) is a cell in the blood. Platelets help your blood to clot after an injury, like when you fall and scrape your knee. These clots help you stop bleeding. What is thrombocytopenia? Thrombocytopenia (THROM-bo-SI-toe-PEE-nee-uh) is when you don't...

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Labor Analgesia - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Regional analgesia has become the most common method of pain relief used during labor in the United States. Epidural and spinal analgesia are two types of regional analgesia. With epidural analgesia, an indwelling catheter is directed into the epidural space, and the patient receives a ...

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Bipolar Disorders: A Review - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Bipolar disorders are common, disabling, recurrent mental health conditions of variable severity. Onset is often in late childhood or early adolescence. Patients with bipolar disorders have higher rates of other mental health disorders and general medical conditions. Early recognition ...

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Implementing Advance Directives in Office Practice - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Patients prepare advance directives in an effort to maintain autonomy during periods of incapacity or at the end of life. Advance directive documents are specific to the state in which the patient lives, but an effective strategy in the family physician’s office involves more than ...

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