Internal Medicine World Report | June 2015

Internal Medicine World Report

What's the story with salt? Dietary guidelines for adults – especially those who are older, black, have elevated blood pressures, diabetes or chronic kidney disease – recommend consuming less than 1500 mg daily.
Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years."
Jackie Syrop
A new study of obese adolescents highlighted the link between obesity and chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and limitations on physical function and quality of life (QOL).
Amy Jacob
Preceding visceral arteriography (VA) with a diagnostic study using computed tomographic angiography (CTA) improved positive localization of the site of lower gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage compared with VA alone, according to a new study published in May in JAMA Surgery.
Jackie Syrop
Colorectal surgery is often performed for inflammatory disease or malignancy-known risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Although a patient safety priority, comprehensive recommendations for these VTE patients are lacking. Most patients receive perioperative and in-hospital VTE chemoprophylaxis, but extended prophylaxis rates lag.
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) may not be a new concept, but coming up with novel strategies to stop its progression is only becoming increasingly critical.
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a crippling condition with the majority of cases taking place in the knee – but what's the best form of treatment?
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Two major changes in opioid dispensing that were placed into action in 2010 have made significant impacts on the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Jacquelyn Gray
For medical school hopefuls, a JAMA study has found those awarded extra time on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), may not have affected their admissions, but still had lower United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step exam scores and 4-8 year graduation rates.
Jacquelyn Gray
An opinion piece recently published in JAMA Psychiatry cautioned that air quality can also affect brain development, potentially triggering a larger public health issue.
Jacquelyn Gray
An analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry found that military personnel who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) did not have elevated suicide risks. However, the researchers reported that separation from the military appeared to affect this outcome.
Rachel Lutz
Psoriasis cost between $112 billion and $135 billion in 2013.
Rachel Lutz
Sexual function data is not adequately reported in finasteride clinical trials, a treatment for male pattern baldness, according to an investigation published in JAMA Dermatology.
Rachel Lutz
About a quarter of patients with acne did not fill prescriptions, according to a survey published in JAMA Dermatology.

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