Childhood Obesity: Highlights of AMA Expert Committee Recommendations

GOUTHAM RAO, MD

 

An expert panel of the American Medical Association retrieved, systematically reviewed, and translated evidence into recommendations on how best to manage and prevent obesity in children. Key dietary and lifestyle habits should be addressed annually in all children. A four-stage approach to the treatment of obesity is recommended. CME

  Patient Information: “Helping Your Child Reach or Stay at a Healthy Weight”

Diabetic Foot Infection

MAZEN S. BADER, MD, MPH

 

Diabetic foot infection is associated with a high morbidity and risk of lower extremity amputation. Diagnosis is based on the classic signs and symptoms of local inflammation, and early recognition can facilitate appropriate management and prevent progression of the infection. Treatment includes debridement and wound management, antibiotic therapy, and correction of metabolic abnormalities. CME

  Patient Information: “Diabetic Foot Infection: What You Should Know”

Diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

MARK B. STEPHENS, CDR, MC, USN, and KENNETH S. YEW, CAPT, MC, USN

The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is based on clinical suspicion and spirometry confirmation. Although cigarette smoking is the primary risk factor for the disease, other risk factors are responsible for an increasing number of cases. CME

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

LAWRENCE LEEMAN, MD, MPH, and PATRICIA FONTAINE, MD, MS

It is important to monitor blood pressure in pregnant women because hypertensive disorders are the most common medical complications of pregnancy. The severity of disease and gestational age determine the appropriate management approach for preeclampsia. Seizure prophylaxis with magnesium sulfate, control of severe-range blood pressure, and labor induction may be indicated to protect the mother and fetus. CME

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