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Leave children in stitches rather than tears

Leave children in stitches rather than tears

Involving a child in suturing can subdue perceived pain.

Pump up the heart's volume

Pump up the heart's volume

Heart sounds can be difficult to hear in someone whose lungs are hyperinflated. Here's a tip to make it easier to detect.

Olive oil for a flaky scalp

Olive oil for a flaky scalp

Recommend this simple home treatment for kids with a dry, flaky scalp.

What does a pleural rub sound like?

What does a pleural rub sound like?


A straightforward simile to help young clinicians learn what to listen for when auscultating a patient.

Involve parents when 
suturing a child

Involve parents when 
suturing a child


Enlisting a parent's help can provide comfort without a scary needle or painful injection.

Stopping oral bleeding

Stopping oral bleeding


When rinsing doesn't stop oral bleeding, a pantry staple can do the trick.

Tick-removal advice

Tick-removal advice


A simple trick to get ticks to let go.

Cold comfort for recurrent nosebleeds

Cold comfort for recurrent nosebleeds

Use a cold saline mist daily and during any acute episode of bleeding.

With multiple dermatofibromas, think lupus

With multiple dermatofibromas, think lupus

Multiple dermatofibromas hold clues for differential diagnoses.

Detecting abnormal heart sounds

Detecting abnormal heart sounds

Picking up such low-pitched heart sounds can be difficult. Read this tip for clearer listening.

Homeopathic advice

Homeopathic advice

Patients often ask for feedback on homeopathic treatments. Are you prepared to offer guidance?

Topical immunotherapy for alopecia areata

Topical immunotherapy for alopecia areata

Has squaric acid dibutylester (SADBE) been shown to be successful in managing alopecia areata?

When is it okay to examine a child alone?

When is it okay to examine a child alone?

How do you ask a parent to leave in a diplomatic way when examining a pediatric patient?

The effect of statins on antihypertensive meds

The effect of statins on antihypertensive meds

How do statins interact with calcium channel blockers?

Treating antifungal-resistant ear infection
s

Treating antifungal-resistant ear infection
s

What is the best way to handle ear fungus that is resistant to ketoconazole?

Ultrasound for unsuccessful lumbar puncture?

Ultrasound for unsuccessful lumbar puncture?

How old is too old for ultrasound when other modalities don't work?

Cardiac workup for patients 
with diabetes

Cardiac workup for patients 
with diabetes


Are more aggressive approaches to cardiac work up warranted in patients with diabetes?

Infant immunization after a 
blood transfusion

Infant immunization after a 
blood transfusion


Do blood transfusions affect implementation of the routine immunization schedule?

Blood glucose test reliability

Blood glucose test reliability

In which disease states or at what stages of chronic kidney disease is the HbA1c test no longer reliable?

Is low amniotic fluid preventable?

Is low amniotic fluid preventable?

Why does low amniotic fluid occur so late in pregnancy despite regular prenatal visits and good prenatal care?

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