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Family Practice Recertification

Editor's Letter
The Pelvic Examination: To Do or Not to Do...?
By Martin Quan, MD
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” and “seeing the same glass as being half-empty or half-full” are two commonly cited adages and nowhere is their meaning more evident than in the ongoing debate of whether a pelvic examination should be part of the routine check-up of a female patient.
FPR Journal Club
Overuse of Antibiotics in Respiratory Treatments
By Molly Wolf, MD, Frank J. Domino, MD
A look at the impact on of waiting to prescribe medication for respiratory infections
Risks and Benefits of Aspirin for Primary Prevention
By Frank J. Domino, MD
This review article of recently reported systematic reviews demonstrates the cancer risks and benefits of taking aspirin over 5 years, finding a benefit beginning after 3 years of use.
Antiviral Treatment vs. Herpes Zoster Vaccines for Postherpetic Neuralgia
By Amanda Bernier, MD, Frank J. Domino, MD
This review and meta-analysis assessed whether antiviral treatment given during the acute herpes zoster rash is effective at preventing postherpetic neuralgia in patients with a first-time case of shingles.
Determining Risky Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents
By Frank J. Domino, MD
Determining if a child or adolescent has hypertension is complex and requires use of gender, age, and height specific readings. This study used a simplified approach of systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings compared to height as a screening tool for the diagnosis of hypertension in Chinese children.
Massachusetts Healthcare Reform and Possible Insights into Affordable Care Act Future
By Frank J. Domino, Brandon Hecht, DO
Implementation of Massachusetts health care reform reduced all-cause mortality and mortality from causes amenable to health care
What is the Best Treatment for Acute Bronchitis?
By Catherine Joyce, MD, Frank J. Domino, MD
Efficacy of anti-inflammatory or antibiotic treatment in patients with non-complicated acute bronchitis and discoloured sputum: randomised placebo controlled trial
Radiology Rounds
Basketball Player With Left Foot Pain
By James D. Collins, MD
Slam dunking basketball player reports pain in his left foot and undergoes exams to determine the cause of the problem
Pain Perspectives
Opioid Risk Mitigation- Part 2
By Michael E. Schatman, PhD, CPE
Continuing looking at what has become a pervasive problem in the medical community.
The HIT List
Patient Participation in the Electronic Health Record Process
By Adam Hochron
As more practices and hospitals enter the digital age with Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other health information technology tools, a recent article points out that all those efforts are only half the battle.
Dermatology Quiz
Foot Lesions in Young Man
By Daniel Stulberg, MD
This 23-year-old man developed these lesions on his feet during a 10-month stay in Nicaragua. Initially he had itching and burning. He has been treated with 3 courses of topical antifungal preparations and there is no significant past medical history other than sweaty feet.
What is your diagnosis?