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Clinical Pearls Erythromycin for facial lacerations

Erythromycin for facial lacerations

Erythromycin ointment may be prescribed in place of bacitracin when performing facial laceration repair or sutures.

Case Files Carcinoid appendix

Carcinoid appendix


A patient with a history of a carcionid tumor on their appendix did not return to a physician for follow up.

Your Comments Flu vaccine in pregnant women

Flu vaccine in pregnant women

A clinician expresses concerns about potentially misleading flu vaccination information for pregnant women.

Your Comments Contaminated water and cancer

Contaminated water and cancer

Contaminated water leads to high rates of birth defects, thyroid cancer, and spontaneous abortions.

Your Comments Avoiding labeling patients 
as noncompliant

Avoiding labeling patients 
as noncompliant

Clinicians should avoid labeling their patients as noncompliant.

Your Comments More reader comments on ethical issues regarding use of IUDs

More reader comments on ethical issues regarding use of IUDs

More readers weigh in on the ethical issues surrounding the use of intrauterine devices.

Consultations Laser therapy for onychomycosis of the toenails

Laser therapy for onychomycosis of the toenails


What is the mechanism of action for laser treatment for onychomycosis of the toenails?

Your Comments Ethical concerns with IUDs

Ethical concerns with IUDs


For women who are pro-life advocates, copper IUD devices that prevent fertilization may be an acceptable alternative.

Your Comments Pap smears, HPV, and screening
 for cervical cancer

Pap smears, HPV, and screening
 for cervical cancer


Confusion surrounds the current screening recommendations and guidelines.

Your Comments Enlarging brown spots:
 a misdiagnosed solar lentigo?

Enlarging brown spots:
 a misdiagnosed solar lentigo?

This patient presented for the evaluation of enlarging brown spots.

Clinical Pearls Pap smear testing
 in a patient who is obese

Pap smear testing
 in a patient who is obese


Correctly position your patient to ensure a proper Pap smear.

Clinical Pearls The right touch

The right touch

One clinician encourages the use of touch when taking a patient's history.

Your Comments Analogies for patients in the battle against medical noncompliance

Analogies for patients in the battle against medical noncompliance

Medical noncompliance is a huge deterrent to patients achieving their treatment goals.

Your Comments The CDC's statistics on influenza—fact or hype?

The CDC's statistics on influenza—fact or hype?


Clinicians debate the fact or hype present in the CDC's most recently released statistics on influenza death rate.

Your Comments Vaccination, parents, and children

Vaccination, parents, and children

Vaccinations cannot be equated to antibiotics.

Your Comments Stopping prescription drug abuse

Stopping prescription drug abuse

Emergency providers need to make every effort to be responsible prescribers.

Consultations The anti-inflammatory effects of statins

The anti-inflammatory effects of statins

Is the real benefit of statins their anti-inflammatory benefits?

Clinical Pearls Metformin XR for diabetes care

Metformin XR for diabetes care

Patients who forget to take Metformin SR twice daily can be switched to Metformin XR with once daily dosing.

Clinical Pearls How to distinguish bradykinesia from psychomotor retardation

How to distinguish bradykinesia from psychomotor retardation

If a patient is truly bradykinetic, their blink rate will be decreased.

Your Comments Antibiotics, urinary tract infections, and circumcision

Antibiotics, urinary tract infections, and circumcision

Find a foreskin-friendly urologist before agreeing to a child's circumcision.

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