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Month: May 2012

Are You Afraid to Be Wrong?

Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, wrote a thoughtful essay offering guidance for new medical students. (Full text here.) Although it was published in 2003, someone just brought it to my attention via...

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Pediatric Fracture-Related Pain: The Crowding Effect

According to published studies, pain is the most common reason for seeking care in the ED, accounting for up to 78% of visits. Underuse of analgesics is common, especially among pediatric patients. There are many reasons that...

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Improving Cancer Care Decision-Making

When patients are facing a cancer diagnosis, they often need help understanding their treatment options as well as the risks and benefits of each choice. Treatment decisions can become fraught with emotion and cognitive...

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Diabetes Duration Tied to Ischemic Stroke Risk

American research suggests that diabetes dura­tion appears to be independently associated with ischemic stroke after adjusting for risk factors. Among study participants with diabetes, the risk for stroke increased 3% each year...

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2012 Heart Disease & Stroke Stats Unveiled

The American Heart Association has released an executive summary on heart disease and stroke statistics for 2012. Available for free at http://circ.ahajournals.org, the update indicates that America’s cardiovascular health is...

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Controlling Glucose in Diabetes Patients With AMI

An investigation of patients with diabetes who were hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) suggests that few undergo glucose therapy intensification (GTI) at discharge. The research team added that long-term glucose...

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Trends in Physical Activity Recommendations

According to CDC research conducted between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of adults whose healthcare providers recommended exercise or physical activity increased from 21.0% to 30.3% in men and from 23.9% to 34.1% in women....

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Admission Site Tied to Mortality in Sepsis

Admission for sepsis through the ED, when compared with direct admission to the hospital, appears to be associated with lower early and overall inpatient mortality. Results from a large national sample of hospitalizations with a...

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