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Less is More in CVD Screening

Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.

Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as

8. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, a virus (such as the flu virus), or another infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible, and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection,

7. Influenza

Influenza—commonly called the flu—is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs, as well as the whole body. Most people who get the flu come down with it during “flu season,” which runs from November to March. Children are more susceptible to getting the flu, and often

5. Diagnosing Low Back Pain in the Doctor’s Office

Medical History
In assessing your low back pain, your physician will first take a detailed medical history of your back pain. A proper history is crucial to medical care since it directs the physical examination, assessment, and treatment. Oftentimes, your physician will gather hints of your diagnosis based on your

Special Supplement: Meeting Varied Dietary Needs

When gathering together for a holiday, or any other group event, people may bring different dietary needs to the table. In addition to varying taste preferences, individuals may have dietary restrictions for medical, religious, or even moral reasons, or they could be following a particular plan they believe will support

Botox for Migraines: Does It Work?

Botox for Migraines: Does It Work?

There’s not much worse than suffering from a chronic migraine. The pounding head, nausea, and pain is debilitating. My last migraine persisted for a month. It was so bad I dreamed of ticking off King Henry the VIII so he could have my head chopped off and relieve me of

Head Lice Are Equal-Opportunity Invaders

Head Lice Are Equal-Opportunity Invaders

Lice! The very word sends chills down the spines of any parent. My mother, a registered nurse who worked in elementary schools, suffered from pediculophobia, which is a fear of ice. The words “head lice” caused her scalp to itch, and we children were never allowed to try on hats

Gabapentin’s Off-Label Uses Include Pain Relief

Gabapentin’s Off-Label Uses Include Pain Relief

Gabapentin was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 to be used with other anti-seizure medications to control partial seizures in adults. It is classified as an anticonvulsant drug, although it appears to have analgesic properties as well. Gabapentin originally was sold under the brand name

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