This infection manifests as a collection of pus and is often a complication of tonsillitis that may require referral to a specialist or hospitalization.
There is a direct correlation between testosterone and metabolic syndrome, mental function, libido, erectile dysfunction, bone density, and overall energy.
Often at increased risk for disease transmission, many teens and preteens do not receive the recommended immunizations in a timely manner.
A number of potential causes of vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy must be considered when deciding what type of management is required.
Societal changes and pharmaceutical advances have led to a rise in sexual activity in this population, and clinicians must adapt to a new reality.
To reduce the mortality and incidence of this disease, clinicians must be aware of the most recent vaccination and screening guidelines.
Primarily used in food and drink packaging, ingestion of bisphenol A has recently been linked to obesity, diabetes, and reproductive disorders.
To ensure that therapeutic interventions begin in time, providers must be able to recognize the clinical presentation of an acute ischemic stroke.
To slow the progression to end-stage renal disease, primary-care clinicians must be able to identify, screen, treat, and educate at-risk individuals.
Urinalysis and physical exam determine if the infection is complicated or uncomplicated, primary or recurrent and guide treatment strategy.
Exercise caution when a patient presents with acute chest pain. The ability to explain the situation as clearly as possible is essential.
The ability to differentiate between the allergic and nonallergic form of these conditions is crucial when determining treatment.
This chronic autoimmune disorder is caused by antibodies that block muscle cells from receiving neurotransmitters from the nerve cell.
Long-acting ADHD medications improve adherence and demonstrate efficacy similar to that of immediate-release dose formulations.
Experienced by up to one in five mothers, postpartum depression often goes untreated. Learn what risk factors to be alert for.
Improved pulse-oximetry standards translate into more sensitive critical congenital heart disease screening.
As LDL goals become more aggressive, therapeutic lifestyle changes are increasingly important in achieving recommended lipid levels.
This article highlights the differences in the pathophysiology and diagnostic criteria for OA and RA, and also describes current and potentially new treatment options for these conditions.
The symptoms of this common lung infection usually dissipate after a week, but some cases can become severe and require hospitalization.
Taking the pulse of neonatal screening for critical congenital heart disease.
If the treatment goal of viral eradicatication cannot be met, strive to slow disease progression, lower risk of liver cancer, and improve quality of life.
Early diagnosis is essential to providing treatment in infants with critical congenital heart disease.
Vitamin D promotes absorption of calcium in the intestine and maintains adequate serum phosphate and calcium concentrations.
A lump, enlarging scrotum or pain can conjure up images of testicular cancer, but other conditions involving the scrotal content are possible.
The need to educate patients and help them make difficult lifestyle changes requires clinicians to think differently and offer novel treatment approaches.
An approach involving primary-care clinicians, and specialists — including allergists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and counselors — is crucial.
Patients often consider supplements and herbs harmless, but combining them with other drugs can have devastating consequences.
Oral manifestations are often an early signal of systemic disease, so recognizing them can point the way to a prompt diagnosis.
Most clinicians have dealt with a dissatisfied or noncompliant patient. But how do you end the relationship without putting yourself at risk?
Patients infected with HIV are living longer, which means they have more age-related comorbidities that require other medications as well.
Find out how your income compares with the more than 9,000 nurse practitioners and physician assistants who completed our 2012 salary survey.
Advancements in diabetes care abound, but busy practice schedules make staying current difficult.
Ongoing research and new developments hold promise for altering osteoarthritis and go beyond simply treating the symptoms.
When choosing among the available treatment options, consideration must be given to local prevalence and antibiotic resistance.
Treating patients before they develop a disease is tempting, but the old adage still applies: First, do no harm.
With obesity on the rise, more patients are at risk for metabolic syndrome, a diagnosis given to a set of simultaneous disorders.
An understanding of the liver and its functions will provide the tools to perform a basic workup of patients suspected of having hepatic disease.
Thanks to new prevention strategies and safer treatments, patients are surviving almost as long as their counterparts without lupus.
A young cancer survivor prompts consideration of best practice in prescribing estrogen replacement therapy for herself and for others.
Despite what clinicians and patients think, accurate evaluation and targeted interventions can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
Anywhere from 10% to 30% of individuals taking a single antidepressant face obstacles to successful treatment, including undiagnosed illness.
The number of hospital-acquired MRSA infections is down; however, community-acquired MRSA infections continue to rise.
When developing a plan of care for individuals in diabetic ketoacidosis — an acute complication of diabetes — search for the inciting stressor.
Insulin is the only agent recommended to lower glucose levels in pregnant women, but a second-generation sulfonylurea may provide another option.
An evidence-based guideline is available to help primary-care clinicians lower the burden of coronary deaths in this adult population
There are guidelines for the management of each as a separate condition, but how do you evaluate and treat them when they appear together?
When diagnosing, consider the location and duration of the lesion, patient age, underlying systemic disorders and clinical appearance.
In an update of its 2001 guidelines, the American Cancer Society stresses the importance of sharing the screening decision with the patient.
Type 2 diabetes in this population is increasing, but type1 diabetes is more prevalent. The ability to differentiate between these conditions is crucial.
Assessment of functional impairments in an aging population is one of the most daunting challenges facing primary-care clinicians.