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Image of the Week: Pneumoperitoneum

This x-ray demonstrates a dramatic case of pneumoperitoneum, sometimes called free air under the diaphragm.

Pharmacologic interventions for weight-related health risks


Evidence-based guidelines for obesity support the use of pharmacologic therapy in collaboration with lifestyle interventions.

Try absorbable sutures for facial lacerations

Absorbable sutures take the guesswork out of when to remove sutures while saving the patient time and money.

Derm Dx: Warty papules on the chest, ears

A patient, aged 50 years, presented with complaints of bumps on her chest, behind her ears, and in her ear conchae.

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Yoga may ease inflammatory bowel disease

Yoga may ease inflammatory bowel disease

Trends observed toward improvement in health-related quality of life and self-efficacy in children.

Counseling, meds best for quitting smoking

Counseling, meds best for quitting smoking

Combination treatment better than either strategy alone.

The Waiting Room Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

Inequality, racial/LGBT discrimination issues are not things to ignore

To what extent do medical providers need to be willing to discuss the inequalities in the medical system and their impact on patient health?

The Waiting Room Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

Handling my first 'real-world' medical situation as a physician assisant

You can never predict when your first medical emergency may occur or who may be around to help.

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Why your patients seek primary care from the emergency department

Why your patients seek primary care from the emergency department

Primary-care practitioners should change to accommodate patients seeking primary care from emergency departments.

Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas

Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas


An obese patient with chronic hepatitis C, diabetes, advanced cirrhosis, and fatty pancreas presents with chronic right-to-middle upper-abdomen pain.

Patient receives a kidney diagnosis and a life lesson

Patient receives a kidney diagnosis and a life lesson


Patient with back pain and blood in urine is diagnosed with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

Discussing advance directives
 during a patient's first visit

Discussing advance directives
 during a patient's first visit

Doctors should start a dialogue about advance directives upon a patient's first visit to help them make decisions regarding their health care.

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment


I have my patients bring all of their pumps to me and will write on the plastic canister with a Sharpie permanent marker.

Easing a female patient into her first pelvic exam

Easing a female patient into her first pelvic exam


Always, always hand the speculum to a woman who has come in for her first pelvic exam, and allow her to check it out.

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Lifestyle interventions for obesity 
and weight-related complications

Lifestyle interventions for obesity 
and weight-related complications


Behavioral strategies for sustainable weight loss can significantly improve clinical outcomes in obese patients.

Fluid-filled lesion on a child's leg

Fluid-filled lesion on a child's leg

A white male, aged 5 years, presents to the dermatology clinic for diagnosis and management of a lesion on his ...

Annular plaques on the foot, shin, hand

Annular plaques on the foot, shin, hand

A woman, aged 26 years, presents with circular rashes that developed 3 months earlier. She reported that the rashes first ...

Red-brown lesions on the upper body

Red-brown lesions on the upper body

A 29-year-old white man presented to the dermatology clinic with multiple lesions on his left arm and shoulder. The lesions ...

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