The top men's health concerns include heart disease, cancer, accidents, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. This compact slide show provides visual presentations of other clinical problems that pose a threat to men and that might be seen in primary care practice.
ASH is the largest organization of hypertension researchers and health care providers in the United States committed to preventing and treating hypertension and its consequences. The editors of ConsultantLive bring you updates from the 2013 ASH conference in San Francisco, CA. Read More
More than 1300 physicians of all specialties responded to the 2012 survey. Many of the respondents are primary care physicians. See how your colleagues responded and learn what concerns them most.Read more
A 69-year-old retired accountant presents with a 2-month history of daily headaches. The pain is moderate, constant,
global, pressure-like, and occasionally pulsating; it is sometimes exacerbated when the patient lies down. He denies nausea
or vomiting, ocular symptoms, weakness, or sensitivity to light. His wife reports that years ago he experienced throbbing
ABSTRACT: A key objective in the follow-up of women with a history of breast cancer is the detection of local and distant disease at a curable stage. Regular clinical examination and yearly mammography are the standard of care. No consistent evidence supports annual chest radiography, bone scans, or tests of serum tumor markers. Order laboratory or diagnostic tests only if indicated by clinical findings. Advise women to report new symptoms promptly rather than waiting for the next scheduled examination. Some evidence supports the use of venlafaxine for tamoxifen-associated hot flashes. Despite the increased incidence of endometrial carcinoma in women taking tamoxifen, routine endometrial biopsies are not recommended. Most experts advise that women with a history of breast cancer who wish to have a child wait 2 to 3 years before becoming pregnant.
ABSTRACT: Age-related anatomic and physiologic alterations in the thyroid gland have a variety of clinically important effects. Hypothyroidism, which is common in older persons, raises cholesterol and triglyceride levels; hyperthyroidism may be masked by the severity of the cardiac problems it causes. In younger persons, depression may accompany hypothyroidism but not hyperthyroidism; however, in the elderly, it may be a feature of either condition. Papillary carcinoma-the most common type of thyroid cancer-is more aggressive in older persons. All these factors necessitate a cautious and deliberate approach to the management of thyroid disorders in elderly patients.
A 19-year-old athlete complains of
pain and swelling of the anterior
pretibial area of his right lower leg. He
hopes to win a football or track scholarship
to college and is concerned
because his symptoms are impairing
During a routine office visit, a 64-year-old woman who has had type 2 diabetes
for more than 10 years complains of increased pedal edema. The edema is minimal
on awakening and worsens throughout the day.
A 22-year-old Filipino man with fever, lethargy, weakness, and malaise of
5 days’ duration was brought to the emergency department by his family. Two
days earlier, oral penicillin had been prescribed for streptococcal pharyngitis.
The patient was unable to walk because of profound weakness. Circular and
linear ecchymotic lesions were noted on his back.
The mother of a 6-year-old child brings her to your office because
of a pruritic rash that has been present for several days. The rash did not respond
to hydrocortisone cream and has continued to spread along the patient’s
The ConsultantLive.com podcast archive includes the series Cardiology Now—discussions between Dr Payal Kohli of the University of California San Francisco and experts in cardiovascular medicine including Drs Christopher Cannon, Deepak Bhatt of the TIMI study group at Harvard and Dr Roger Blumenthal, Director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins. See More Multimedia »
Featured in this section are short videos of practical dermatology webinars given by Dr Ted Rosen, Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of the Dermatology Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both in Houston, Texas. Each segment offers concise, practical clinical guidance on a specific dermatologic condition seen frequently in primary care. See More Multimedia »
Diagnostic Champions’ Challenge on Consultant Live Test your diagnostic skills and knowledge by quickly identifying and assessing various mental health disorders. The Psychiatric Times Diagnostic Champions' Challenge is meant to educate and entertain. Test your clinical acumen in this activity that is sure to make you think.…
I’ve been in practice for 20 years and have never lost a patient to suicide. But I have lost colleagues, friends, and lovers – ALL male physicians—to suicide. I have a long list of answers to the question, “Why?” Maybe the most fundamental answer is that doctors are human..
My first patient had so many things wrong; he left before I could examine his heart and lungs, ask about chest pain, or reconcile his medication list. After his visit, veteran clinic staff noted they hadn’t seen Jim for years and were surprised he had come in at all. I felt the totality of my medical education had been squandered. They kindly reminded me it had just begun.