The rising incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver disease in the United States and will soon be the leading indication for liver transplantation. NAFLD can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and is usually asymptomatic. Prompt referral to a hepatologist may halt the morbidity and mortality associated with NAFLD.

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Genetic counseling for hereditary cancer: A primer for NPs

Many patients have concerns regarding their family's cancer history and may be appropriate for referral to genetic counseling. This article examines indications for referral for genetic counseling for hereditary cancer, the process of genetic counseling and testing, and ways for NPs to collaborate with genetics providers.

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Constipation in children: Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Deviation from normal bowel function in the pediatric population is often a cause for concern for parents and caregivers, prompting numerous visits to a primary care provider. Constipation is a common and challenging issue in children that can have an adverse impact on their psychosocial and emotional well-being as well as quality of life. This article provides practical strategies for diagnosing, treating, and preventing constipation in children.

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Psoriasis & psoriatic therapies

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the skin. This article discusses the presentation, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of psoriasis as well as a brief consideration of psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis treatment options include topical agents, phototherapy, conventional systemic therapies, and biologics.

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Tuberculosis: Still an emerging threat

Primary care providers must be aggressive in their assessment and screening of tuberculosis (TB) infection, which is still a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This article highlights the overall management of TB infection including the appropriate screening, diagnosis, and treatment of both latent and active infection.

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