Topic Discussions List

In an effort to provide credible basic information and resource guides the following Topic Discussions have been created.  These provide as references only and do not take the place of physician consultation.  We encourage the education of our patients and their families of their health care.  These topic discussions may supplement your office visits and help to raise further questions to discuss with your physician.

Normal Growth, Development and Routine Health Care

Prenatal( NIH information, AAFP information)

Infancy ages 0-1 year old

Neonatal/newborn – less than one month (Reading Information, Premature Infants, Babyproofing your home, Development)

                               Postnatal – 1 – 11 months (AAP Information)

                                        1 month old (Development)

                                        2 months old (Development )

                                        4 months old (development 3 mo ,Development 4 mo )

                                        6 months old (Development 5 mo,Development 6 mo )

                                        9 months old ( Development 7 mo, Development 8 mo, Development 9 mo)

                                        12 months old (Development 10 mo, Development 11 mo, Development 12 mo

Early Childhood – Ages 1-4 years old (AAP Information )

                                         15 months old (Development)

                                         18 months old (Development and Milestones )

                                          2 years old (Development 2-4 yo)

                                          3 years old

                                          4 years old

Middle Childhood – 5-10 years old (AAP Information )

                                                5 years old (Development 5-8 yo )

                                                6 years old

                                                8 years old

                                                10 years old

Adolescence – 11-21 years old (AAP Information )

20 – 34 years old (U of M Female Information, U of M Male Information)

35-49 years old (U of M Female Information, U of M Male Information)

50-70 years old (U of M Female Information, U of M Male Information)

>70 years old (U of M Female Information, U of M Male Information)

Pediatrics – Special Topics

Preparing to Bring Your Baby Home (kids health )

Safety Proofing Your Child’s Environment (childproofing your home)

Caring for a premature infant (march of dimes )

Crying and colic (aafp )

                Diaper Rash (aafp )

                Fever ( Family doctor)

                Teething (aafp )

                Toilet Training ( aafp )

                Bed Wetting and Stooling / Enuresis and Encopresis ( aafpenuresis, aafp encoparesis )

                Temper Tantrums – What’s Normal ( Medem, aap )

                Discipline (aafp )

                Daycare ( US department of health and human services )

                A new child at home – what can I expect? Sibling rivalry ( aap )

Developmental Deficits ( DDR )

Speech Deficits ( aafp )

Cognitive Deficits ( aafp )

Motor Deficits ( aafp )

(see also topics by diagnosis)


Obstetrics – Special Topics

                Preparing for Pregnancy – What should I do before I become pregnant? What kinds of care should I seek seek? ( nih )

                Breastfeeding ( breastfeeding.com,aap )

                Postpartum Depression and Blues ( aafp )

                Preeclampsia or toxemia of Pregnancy ( aafp )

Gynecology – Special Topics

                Vaginal Discharge: Can my doctor just call something in? What about my Partner? (aafp)

                Painful Intercoarse – Dyspareunia (aafp )

                Abnormal Pap Smears, Management and Treatment. What’s HPV?What about my

partner? ( asccp )

                Mammograms & Call-Backs for Mammograms – What does it mean? ( breastcancer.org )

                Hormones- what’s the difference between the “pill” or oral contraception, patches, hormone replacement, and hormone creams or rings?  Are they Safe? ( National institute on aging )

                Options for perimenopausal symptoms ( ama )

                Postmenopausal Care ( postmenopausal bleeding , Osteoporosis )

Geriatrics – Special Topics

                Adapting Your Home and Schedule to Better Suit You. ( aafp )

                Family Dynamics

               Am I having “normal” hearing loss or is there something I should do?

                Vision ( aafp )

                How do I talk about my wishes about the end of my life with my family?

                Dementia and Delirium ( aafp )

                Do I need extra help and what options exist? ( nih )

Topics by Diagnosis for all ages/gender: definitions, disorders, diagnosis, resources and management.

Vital Statistics

Diabetes Mellitus


The upper respiratory infection – Cold’s and Flu’s





Lower Back Pain

Achieving Your Ideal Physical State

Psychiatric and Behavioral Conditions

Sleep and Sleeping Problems



Medications and Drug Interactions

Natural versus Unnatural Medications

Good Footwear

Skin Care

Exercise and Staying Active – Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Fitness

                End of life care – Palliative care versus Hospice

                Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney – What is a health care proxy?

Coping with Physical Disability and Chronic Disease

Abuse and Feeling Unsafe

                Substance Abuse, Alcoholism

               Mind – Body Medicine


               Infertility – Is it time I seek help about getting pregnant?


Different Family types

               How can I help? Volunteering to help your community.

                Painful Urination – urinary tract infections in men, women, and children.

                Am I having a prostate problem? (Prostate.com )

                My family member has an illness – what should I do? (terminal loved one )

               Birth Control Options for Men and Women (Planned Parenthood )

Pneumonia (American Lung Association )

Bacterial Resistance – Why should I be careful about taking antibiotics? (CDC )

Hypertension (JNC 7 , American Heart Association)

Cholesterol (ATP III , American Heart Association)

Arrythmia (American Heart Association )

Congestive Heart Failure (American Heart Association )

Renal Disease and Failure (Mayo Clinic)

Chronic Lung Disease, Obstructive and Restricitive (American Lung Association )

Cigarette Smoking & Tobacco (AAFP )


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