We do not yet know for certain whether or not a high level of plasma triglyceride is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease. But we should not ignore it when we are assessing risk for atherosclerotic disease, because it may confer additional risk in the patient who has high LDL and/or low HDL.
The medical profession is faced with a battery of new antibiotics, and the average practitioner probably does not have the time to peruse all the literature and thoroughly evaluate all these new drugs.
Itch is a common symptom in pregnancy, affecting at least 17% of gravid women. Although many cases are due to common skin conditions coincidental to the pregnancy, the specific pregnancy-related dermatoses should always be considered.
A 78-year-old woman sees you regularly for management of heart failure and arthritis. At each consultation she relates a number of incidents involving a couple of her close relatives and accuses them of stealing minor things from her house.