Clinical Features

Gaining medical experience before physician assistant school

Spending two years as a medical assistant helps practitioners learn the ins-and-outs of medical practice.

Derm Dx: Painful, recurring oral eruption

A patient aged 35 years presented with a painful eruption in his mouth that started five days prior. Two days before the oral symptoms occurred, ...

An update on long-term 
contraception methods

With increased insurance for contraceptives, more providers will be called upon to guide women toward the most suitable extended-use options.

Identifying obstructive sleep apnea


Airflow disturbances during sleep need to be recognized and evaluated before harm comes to the patients themselves or those around them.

Summer of Readership Appreciation

Throughout the summer, read our newsletters, share your proudest practitioner moments, and vote for your favorite reader-submitted story.

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Birth control pill as effective as antibiotics for acne management

Birth control pill as effective as antibiotics for acne management

Although antibiotics may be superior at three months, oral contraceptive pills s are equivalent to antibiotics at six months in reducing acne.

Aspirin after anticoagulation lowers recurrent venous thromboembolism risk

Aspirin after anticoagulation lowers recurrent venous thromboembolism risk

After a first unprovoked venous thromboembolism, aspirin following anticoagulation treatment reduced VTE occurrence.

The Waiting Room How to identify REM sleep behavior disorder

How to identify REM sleep behavior disorder

Violent thrashing and attacks during sleep may be a sign of REM sleep behavior disorder.

The Waiting Room Liberia's Only Internist Dies of Ebola: Remembering Abraham Borbor

Liberia's Only Internist Dies of Ebola: Remembering Abraham Borbor

Barbara Burtness, MD reflects on the loss of Abraham Borbor, the only certified internist in Liberia who recently died of Ebola.

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Could exposure to herpes zoster actually help clinicians?

Could exposure to herpes zoster actually help clinicians? 


Herpes zoster represents the emergence of latent virus, specifically the varicella virus.

What does persistent polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis look like?

What does persistent polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis look like?


Middle-aged females who smoke are the most common demographic group diagnosed with persistent polyclonal B-cell lymphocytosis.

Antidepressants and suicide risk

Antidepressants and suicide risk


Over the last two decades, the prescribing of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) has decreased due to their unfavorable side-effect profile.

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.

Electronic medical records:
 this time, it's personal

Electronic medical records:
 this time, it's personal 


I requested from our EMR [electronic medical record] provider the ability to add a "sticky note" to our client records.

Education

Meeting the nutritional needs of toddlers

Meeting the nutritional needs of toddlers

Optimal nutrition in early childhood supports growth and development and can encourage lifelong healthy eating habits.

Solitary plaque on dorsal hand

Solitary plaque on dorsal hand

Audrey Chan, MD

A 29-year-old white male presented to the dermatology clinic with an eruption on the left hand that had ...

Patchy hair loss on 
a bearded chin

Patchy hair loss on 
a bearded chin

By Esther Stern, NP-C

A 27-year-old man presented to the office complaining of a sudden onset of patchy hair loss in ...

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