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.
Guidelines advise against the routine use of antibiotics, but patients demand them. Find out what alternatives are available and when to use them.
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.
Menorrhagia is not a diagnosis but a symptom. Because of the number of treatment options available, patient preference is a primary consideration.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
A 70-year-old white woman presented with a “mole” that had been growing on her right cheek for the past five years.
An 18-year-old student and a 72-year-old woman bear similar pedal lesions that interfere with walking.
A 55-year-old man complained of weeklong drainage from his right foot accompanied by a burning sensation and progressive discomfort with walking.