October 2013

The Return of an 'Old Friend'

October 01, 2013

Editor's Letter

As Editor-in-Chief of Family Practice Recertification (FPR), it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the launch of the online version of what is, for many of you, an "old friend."

Dark, Itchy Leg Lesions in a Middle-Aged Man

October 01, 2013

Dermatology Quiz

This 44-year-old man presented to a clinic with multiple dark lesions on his lower extremities. When the lesions first appeared eight months ago, they were slightly raised, pink in color, and intensely itchy, but after repeated excoriation, they have become increasingly dark. The patient reports that a biopsy was inconclusive and creams and an oral medication have not helped his condition. In addition to his leg lesions, there is some involvement of the thigh, buttocks, and penis. He denies any past medical history or other medications. What condition does this man have?

Over-the-Counter Probiotics Can Lower Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Risk

October 01, 2013

FPR Journal Club

A systematic review of 14 randomized controlled trials found a probiotic Lactobacillus strain taken daily lowers the risk of acute upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) without increasing the risk of adverse events.

Surveys Clash on Physicians' Mobile Technology Use

October 01, 2013

The HIT List

Though one annual report suggests that a vast majority of healthcare providers will incorporate smartphones and mobile tablets in their practices by 2014, another projects the opposite scenario.

Widespread HIT Acceptance May Curb Looming Physician Shortage

October 01, 2013

The HIT List

Though the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) has projected that the US will face a shortage of 65,800 primary care providers (PCPs) and family practitioners by 2025, the anticipated growth in the implementation of health information technology (HIT) over the next 18 years may offset the demand for those physicians.

A Month-Old Infant Misdiagnosed with Child Abuse

October 01, 2013

Radiology Rounds

A diagnostic radiologist misinterprets a month-old infant's anterior-posterior (AP) chest radiograph and AP and lateral skull radiographs as being "positive" for bilateral parietal bone fractures.