By Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, and Colin P. Kopes-Kerr, MD, MPH, JD, Author at Clinical Advisor

By Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, and Colin P. Kopes-Kerr, MD, MPH, JD

All articles by By Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, and Colin P. Kopes-Kerr, MD, MPH, JD

Upper respiratory infection

Also called Common cold, upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), acute rhinitis, acute nasopharyngitis, acute rhinosinusitis ICD-9 codes 460 acute nasopharyngitis (common cold) 465.0 acute laryngopharyngitis 465.8 acute upper respiratory infections (URIs) of other multiple sites 465.9 acute URIs of unspecified site Incidence Average U.S. adult has two to four colds per year; average schoolchild has…

Evidence-based medicine on the Web

Tapping into the latest scientific findings is not just for the academic elite. All you need is access to the Internet. Here’s a review of four Web resources. The heart of evidence-based medicine is the application of the latest and best research to clinical practice. Thanks to online resources—including one that I developed—clinicians can conveniently…

Amebiasis

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Are you sure your patient has amebiasis? What are the typical findings for this disease? Amebiasis is caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. The most common symptom of infection is diarrhea. Dysentery can also develop. Abdominal pain or cough can be symptoms if there is a liver abscess,…