Top 10 Clinical Advisor Stories of the First Half of 2009

Top 10 Clinical Advisor Stories of the First Half of 2009
Top 10 Clinical Advisor Stories of the First Half of 2009
With the first half of the year already behind us, it is a good time to look back at the top stories and storylines from the first six months of 2009. See what were the most popular topics on ClinicalAdvisor.com from January through June. The most popular stories are listed below in order from one through 10.

Treatment options for respiratory infections

Treatment options for respiratory infections

Reuben Zimmerman, PA January 27, 2009

Guidelines advise against the routine use of antibiotics, but patients demand them. Find out what alternatives are available and when to use them.
 
A tender finger papule, fever, and abdominal pain

A tender finger papule, fever, and abdominal pain

Travis W. Vandergriff, MD, Kimberly M. Neyman, MD, AND Brian Dwinnell, MD April 01, 2009

A 54-year-old man complained of fevers and abdominal pain. Four days earlier, he had noted intense left upper-quadrant abdominal pain that was worse with inspiration and a throbbing pain in the distal left fifth digit.
 
Assessing excessive menstrual bleeding

Assessing excessive menstrual bleeding

Lisa Stern, APRN January 13, 2009

Menorrhagia is not a diagnosis but a symptom. Because of the number of treatment options available, patient preference is a primary consideration.
 
Thick ridges and valleys found on a newly shaved scalp

Thick ridges and valleys found on a newly shaved scalp

John C. Browning, MD, and Sylvia Hsu, MD May 11, 2009

Distraught after breaking up with his girlfriend, a 58-year-old African-American man decided to have his head shaved. When the shaving was completed, the patient was alarmed to find that his scalp had many "ridges and valleys."
 

Açaí berry

Sherril Sego, MSN, FNP January 08, 2009

Juice made from the açaí berry is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. But does it live up to the hype?
 

A pair of solitary nodules

Noah S. Scheinfeld, MD, JD May 11, 2009

One man had a nodule on his palm, and another had one on his leg. Both lesions were painless, but the diagnoses were very different.
 
Pink indurated papules and plaques on a man's scalp

Pink indurated papules and plaques on a man's scalp

Mandy Harting, MD January 13, 2009

A 35-year-old black man presented with multiple pink, asymptomatic, indurated papules and plaques that had appeared on his posterior right scalp approximately two weeks earlier.
 
Elderly woman's thick warty lesion

Elderly woman's thick warty lesion

Craig G. Burkhart, MD, MPH May 04, 2009

A 70-year-old white woman presented with a "mole" that had been growing on her right cheek for the past five years.
 

Painful pedal lesions

Laura Conley and Robert L. Buka, MD June 11, 2009

An 18-year-old student and a 72-year-old woman bear similar pedal lesions that interfere with walking.
 
Pustules, maceration, and malodorous drainage of the foot

Pustules, maceration, and malodorous drainage of the foot

Kalyani Raucci, MD, and Julia R. Nunley, MD January 30, 2009

A 55-year-old man complained of weeklong drainage from his right foot accompanied by a burning sensation and progressive discomfort with walking.
 
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