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Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia

Patients with COP generally have positive outcomes following a definitive diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis C virus infection

Education of high risk populations and regular testing are crucial steps clinicians can take to stem the spread of hepatitis C infection.

A clinician's guide for managing patient perceptions of the flu vaccine

A clinician's guide for managing patient perceptions of the flu vaccine

By presenting research on the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, clinicians can successfully promote vaccination to patients in their care.

Obtaining a sexual
 history in MSM

Obtaining a sexual
 history in MSM

Understanding the nontraditional terminology used by men who have sex with men will help form a successful patient-provider relationship.

Clinical evaluation of 
peptic ulcer disease

Clinical evaluation of 
peptic ulcer disease

Most often caused by use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or 
bacterial infection, peptic ulcer disease usually presents as epigastric pain.

Assessing ­peritonsillar abscesses

Assessing ­peritonsillar abscesses

This infection manifests as a collection of pus and is often a complication of tonsillitis that may require referral to a specialist or hospitalization.

Vaccinations to 
protect adolescents

Vaccinations to 
protect adolescents

Often at increased risk for disease transmission, many teens and preteens
 do not receive the recommended immunizations in a timely manner.

Sexual risk behavior 
among older adults

Sexual risk behavior 
among older adults

Societal changes and pharmaceutical advances have led to a rise in sexual 
activity in this population, and clinicians must adapt to a new reality.

Managing UTIs in women

Managing UTIs in women

Urinalysis and physical exam determine if the infection is complicated or uncomplicated, primary or recurrent and guide treatment strategy.

Treating the older adult with HIV

Treating the older adult with HIV

Clinicians need to be prepared for the unique challenges presented by the growing number of older patients with HIV.

Managing infants with bronchiolitis

Managing infants with bronchiolitis

The symptoms of this common lung infection usually dissipate after a week, but some cases can become severe and require hospitalization.

What to do with a positive hepatitis C test

What to do with a positive hepatitis C test

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.

Oral involvement of ­systemic diseases

Oral involvement of ­systemic diseases

Oral manifestations are often an early signal of systemic disease, so ­recognizing them can point the way to a prompt diagnosis.

HAART meds: Implications for the older adult patient

HAART meds: Implications for the older adult patient

Patients infected with HIV are living longer, which means they have more age-related comorbidities that require other medications as well.

Helicobacter pylori: Toward effective eradication

Helicobacter pylori: Toward effective eradication

When choosing among the available treatment options, consideration must be given to local prevalence and antibiotic resistance.

Demystifying the liver and its diseases

Demystifying the liver and its diseases

An understanding of the liver and its functions will provide the tools to perform a basic workup of patients suspected of having hepatic disease.

Updated information 
on MRSA infections

Updated information 
on MRSA infections

The number of hospital-acquired MRSA infections is down; however, 
community-acquired MRSA infections continue to rise.

Evaluating salivary gland tumors and diseases

Evaluating salivary gland tumors and diseases

When diagnosing, consider the location and duration of the lesion, patient age, underlying systemic disorders and clinical appearance.

Therapeutic strategies for bacterial conjunctivitis

Therapeutic strategies for bacterial conjunctivitis

Resistance has compromised the effectiveness of all ophthalmic antibiotics, but new topical treatment options are available.

When to treat or refer a burn-injured patient

When to treat or refer a burn-injured patient

Guidelines from the American Burn Association provide a reliable road map for the assessment and treatment of these challenging injuries

MRSA infections not limited to hospitals

MRSA infections not limited to hospitals

The Infectious Diseases Society of America's first treatment guidelines on this topic focus on the management of community-acquired infections.

Oral lesions caused by human papillomavirus

Oral lesions caused by human papillomavirus

Commonly found in the oral cavity, HPV lesions may persist or relapse spontaneously and occasionally require surgical excision.

Treating HIV infection in primary care

Treating HIV infection in primary care

Much has changed since the first case of AIDS was identified. Updated guidelines discuss transmission, diagnosis, risk screening, and adherence.

HIV: Make the diagnosis and take the next step

HIV: Make the diagnosis and take the next step

With the CDC urging screening for all willing patients, providers will be testing and managing a growing number of HIV-positive individuals.

When bronchitis takes a turn for the worse

A change in cough, sputum, or dyspnea can signal an acute exacerbation. Here's what you can do to help keep the situation under control.

An update on the ABCs of viral hepatitis

An update on the ABCs of viral hepatitis

Treatment for hepatitis A, B, and C keeps changing. Two infectious disease experts summarize the latest evidence, including information about hepatitis D.

When to suspect bacterial meningitis

When to suspect bacterial meningitis

Bacterial infection of the meninges is potentially treatable if diagnosed early. Rapid diagnostics are essential, putting extra pressure on the clinician.

Managing acne vulgaris: Two important issues

Managing acne vulgaris: Two important issues

A dermatologist explores dealing with increasing bacterial resistance and selecting the treatment that minimizes irritation and other skin reactions.

Ending the confusion over pneumonia care

How to recognize and prevent HIV infections

Even though HIV is preventable, about 40,000 Americans are newly infected every year. Primary-care clinicians can help reduce that number.

An uncommon but serious lung disorder

Controversy continues to fuel the "Lyme War"

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