March 2015

Bringing Natural Language into Electronic Health Records

April 14, 2015

The HIT List

One of the advantages of using electronic health records is the amount of information they place at doctors' fingertips, enabling them (in theory) to provide the highest level of care for their patients.

Evaluating a Young Patient with Joint Pain and Stiffness Part 2

April 13, 2015

Consultant's Corner

You see a 29-year-old female insurance saleswoman with a 6-week history of joint pains and swelling affecting both hands and wrists, both feet and her left knee. Her symptoms are worse when she first gets up in the morning and it takes a few hours before her joints seem to loosen up.

Medical Talk Shows: How Beneficial Are They?

April 08, 2015

FPR Journal Club

Viewers have plenty of choices when it comes to medical talk shows on television. With all their recommendations a recent study looked at whether they are doing more harm than good to the potential patient pool.

Weighing the Benefits of Long-term Opioid Use for Pain Management

April 08, 2015

FPR Journal Club

For some patients the first treatment they receive to help manage their pain is opioid medication. Recent studies have looked at whether staying on these prescriptions for long periods of time can do more harm than good.

The Importance of Addressing Depression in Treating Chronic Pain

April 08, 2015

Pain Perspectives

For patients dealing with chronic pain, the issues of their overall care can go beyond the body and into their minds. Addressing both areas can be key to helping them have normal everyday lives.

Why Does a Man Have Bilateral Nodular Densities on Chest Radiograph

April 08, 2015

Radiology Rounds

A 28-year old man comes in who recently arrived in southern California from South America and suddenly developed a "cold." His symptoms included productive cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, weakness and malaise. He also reported unexplained weight loss. Sputum and blood specimens were obtained for acid-fast smear examination and culture. A single posterior-anterior chest radiograph was obtained as part of his initial evaluation.

Young Man with a Rash on His Chest

April 08, 2015

Dermatology Quiz

This 29-year-old man came in for a wellness evaluation but notes having had this rash for 8 years. Occasionally it itches, but otherwise is asymptomatic and he has had no treatment for it to date. He does not take any medications and has no significant past medical history.

Does Sodium Restriction Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes?

April 08, 2015

FPR Journal Club

Dietary sodium restriction is frequently recommended as a means to manage hypertension, congestive heart failure and cardiovascular disease. However, with the growing focus on patient-centered outcomes rather than disease-centered outcomes, the importance of sodium restriction becomes less clear.

Obesity: A 'Super-size" Problem

April 08, 2015

Editor's Letter

Although the obesity epidemic in the United States seems to have reached a plateau over the past few years, the prevalence of obesity continues to be high with 30% of Americans classified as obese, defined as having a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more, and an additional 30% overweight, with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 kg/m2.