• How effective are pharmacologic agents for alcoholism? 

    Hunt, R. Randy; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-06)
    Naltrexone (ReVia) and nalmefene (Revex) are the most effective agents for treating alcoholism. Acamprosate is effective but not available in the United States. Serotonergic agents, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ...
  • How often is coughing the presenting complaint in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease? 

    Adelman, Alan M.; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-03)
    Frequent coughing is a concern for approximately 35% of those with typical gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms of heartburn and acid regurgitation as compared with 11% in those who do not have these symptoms. ...
  • Is prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening indicated for any subgroup of men? 

    Fisher, Michael; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-02)
    Although African American men, men with a first-degree relative with prostate cancer (CaP), and older men constitute higher-risk subgroups, no well-designed randomized controlled trials are available that show PSA testing ...
  • What environmental modifications improve pediatric asthma? 

    Dudley, Timothy; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-07)
    Reducing environmental tobacco smoke exposure decreases health care utilization among poor asthmatic children. Dust mite reduction by chemical measures is potentially harmful. (Grade of recommendations: B, based on single ...
  • What is the best diagnostic approach to paresthesias of the hand? 

    Corrington, Kip A.; Fields, Karl B.; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-12)
    There have been no good studies comparing different strategies for the evaluation of the patient with hand paresthesias. A reasonable strategy is to first evaluate for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), the most common condition ...
  • What is the most effective treatment for external genital warts? 

    French, Linda; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-04)
    Podofilox (Condylox), imiquimod (Aldara), cryotherapy, and surgical options all seem reasonable alternatives that are superior to podophyllin. (Grade of recommendation: B, based on systematic review.) No studies of surgical ...
  • What is the prognosis for acute low back pain? 

    Bielanski, Thomas E.; Nashelsky, Joan (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2002-05)
    The proportion of patients who are pain free or completely recovered after an acute episode of low back pain within 2 weeks to 6 months ranges from 21% to 90%, depending on the population studied and the method of measuring ...