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•  Senior Care
•  Clinical Corner
•  Consult Your Pharmacist
•  Educational Spotlight
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  Photo Management Options for Infectious Mononucleosis
Pharmacologic therapy generally consists of symptomatic treatment or supportive care.
  Photo Recognizing and Treating Tonsillitis
Penicillin is considered the gold standard of therapy for this common childhood condition.
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Editor's Notebook
Kicking It Up a Notch

Community pharmacists must be recognized as highly educated health care professionals.
Counseling Pearls
Photo Acne Pharmacotherapy: A Review

Acne is no longer considered a health problem strictly of adolescence, as its prevalence in adults has significantly increased. Acne vulgaris and acne rosacea are diagnosed based on the clinical presentation of the patient’s skin and are classified primarily according to severity.
Photo The Role of Pharmacists in Tetanus Management and Prevention

Acute tetanus is a preventable disease that could be fatal if not immediately treated. Immunization is still the only safe and effective method for preventing infection. Pharmacists should continue to promote public health information and counsel patients to remain updated with their vaccinations.
Senior Care
When Communication Becomes Difficult: Is It Dementia?

Problems with communication may be a manifestation of memory and cognitive impairment.
Clinical Corner
Photo Binge Drinking and Alcohol Poisoning in the Adolescent Population

The most common drug of abuse in adolescence, alcohol, is consumed primarily through binge drinking. Treatment of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal in teens mimics that of adults. The main goals of treatment are to ensure adequate respiration and to control associated agitation, nausea, and vomiting.
Photo Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SIDS is the sudden death of a baby that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation. It is the leading cause of death among healthy infants in the United States. Several factors increase the risk of SIDS, including the prone sleeping position.
Photoweb exclusive Febrile Seizures

Febrile seizures are the most common seizure disorder of childhood, occurring mostly between ages 6 months and 5 years. Risks associated with the use of anticonvulsants for preventing recurrence of seizures generally outweigh the benefits.
Consult Your Pharmacist
Consult Your Pharmacist—Fever in Children: What to Tell Parents

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are available in several pediatric dosage forms to reduce fever.
Educational Spotlight
The TB/HIV Syndemic: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

The presence of untreated tuberculosis may hasten the course of HIV infection.
Postherpetic Neuralgia: Treatment and Prevention Strategies

Neuropathic pain due to shingles can be alleviated with a variety of options, including antidepressants and antiepileptics.
Pfizer Selling Viagra Online
New York, NY — In an effort to deter counterfeiting and sales of fake medication through online pharmacies, Pfizer is now selling its popular erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) directly through its Web site (www.viagra.com). This is the first time a pharmaceutical manufacturer has sold a prescription drug directly to patients online instead of through a wholesaler or pharmacy. Customers must have a valid prescription from a physician, and insurance coverage is accepted. Discounts are also being offered. Orders are being handled through CVS/pharmacy, with home delivery provided.
DSM-5 Released Amid Controversy
Washington, DC— The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Considered "the bible of psychiatry," this is the first comprehensive update since 1994. Changes include the addition of mental disorders such as hoarding, binge eating, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. One of the most controversial updates involves grouping all of the subcategories of autism under a single category, autism spectrum disorder. Detractors have criticized the new edition for trying to turn too many examples of "normal" behavior into diagnosable conditions.
At-Home Test for Prostate Cancer in Development
Irvine, CA— Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), have created a way to clearly identify clinically usable markers for prostate cancer in urine. The new test detects prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a different biomarker from what is currently identified in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The method has already been patented and licensed, and human clinical trials are the next step. The goal is for early screening for prostate cancer to become as easy, accurate, and affordable for men as home pregnancy testing is for women.
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