Medical heuristics are strategies that lead in quicker fashion to decisions or conclusions, but they can also lead us to using only part of the information that a clinician might need.
1 Feb 2020
A 55-year-old woman is evaluated for an 18-month history of increasingly severe knee pain with the inability to arise when seated on the floor. She does not have pain at rest or nocturnal pain. Following a physical exam and radiography, what is the most appropriate management?
11 Jun 2019
Plasma renin activity helps predict response to antihypertensive medications
24 Aug 2010
MKSAP Quiz: kidney stone prevention
17 Aug 2010
Conference coverage addressing highlights: TNF-antagonists don't increase cancer risk, Patients with RA have about the same risk of developing cardiovascular disease as type 2 diabetics, and an association between arthritis and periodontal disease.
1 Feb 2009
Biologic therapy does not appear to increase risk for malignancy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.
11 Sep 2012
Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors used to treat rheumatoid arthritis are associated with an increased risk of skin cancer but not lymphoma, according to a meta-analysis.
13 Sep 2011
A recent survey showed that many psoriasis patients are not satisfied with their care, reporting inadequate relief from such symptoms as itching and scaling. Learn more about clues to diagnosis and suggestions on treating and managing symptoms of both mild and more severe disease.
1 Feb 2014
A 65-year-old man is evaluated for a 1-month history of progressive malaise, myalgia, a 3.6-kg (8.0-lb) weight loss, and numbness and weakness of the right foot; left testicular pain for 1 week; and a painful rash on his legs for 2 days. Following a physical exam, lab studies, and other tests, what is the most likely diagnosis?
12 Mar 2019
A 53-year-old man is evaluated for a 5-year history of recurrent gout attacks involving the base of the great toes, mid feet, and ankles. Episodes are becoming more frequent and severe. History is also significant for hypertension and stage 3 chronic kidney disease. Following a physical exam and lab studies, what is the most appropriate next step in management?
11 Dec 2018