Internal Medicine World Report | May 2015

Internal Medicine World Report

Simon Douglas Murray, MD
In March, the television news show 60 Minutes devoted a segment to a clinical trial using polio virus to treat glioblastoma multiforme. The segment called "Killing Cancer" did a good job of illustrating the potential power of this new treatment as well as the problems associated with glioblastoma multiforme which typically kills patients in a matter of months.
Rachel Lutz
The risk for blood clots may increase when taking newer oral contraceptives, according to findings published in BMJ.
Jacquelyn Gray
Compared to gels and patches, testosterone injections resulted in an elevated chance of experiencing cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events
Jacquelyn Gray
Among severely obese adolescents, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine found those who underwent weight-loss surgery had several traits making them susceptible for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Rachel Lutz
Extended use of paracetamol by pregnant women might impact male fetal testosterone development, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine.
Jackie Syrop
Overt hyperthyroidism is a known risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures. More subtle alterations in thyroid function, such as those that occur in subclinical thyroid dysfunction, may also be associated with increased fracture risk and bone loss, but until recently no clinical trials have adequately explored that issue.
Jackie Syrop
The global pandemic of diabetes poses a huge public health challenge to every nation. In 2014 more than 380 million people around the world were living with diabetes-8.3% of the adult population. That number is expected to increase to 592 million by 2035.
Rachel Lutz
Risk for neuropathy is increased for patients with celiac disease, according to research published in JAMA.
Rachel Lutz
Various degrees of vegetarianism were linked to reduced risk for colorectal cancers, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Rachel Lutz
Non evidence-based proton pump inhibitor use should be discontinued in the case of Clostridium difficile infection, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Rachel Lutz
Hepatitis C virus screening is a challenge, and strategies must be implemented to make diagnoses and treatment therapies easier, according to a JAMA study.
Rachel Lutz
Patients' choices for end of life care can be measured and observed, according to a pneumonia study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Rachel Lutz
Needle and syringe exchange programs are valuable to communities looking to reduce the spread of injection related HIV and should be rebuilt around the country, according to an editorial published in JAMA.
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) may require a break from warfarin sodium therapy in order to undergo surgery or other procedures, however, a new study addressed if doing so presents too high of a risk.
Jackie Syrop
A recent Chinese study of antibiotic use in primary care settings found that up to 93% of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) were treated with antibiotics, with more than 60% reported as inappropriate.
Jacquelyn Gray
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found a trifecta of analgesics, self-management tools, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was effective at mitigating veterans' chronic pain.
Jacquelyn Gray
A study published online in JAMA Dermatology identified an increase in non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) incidents in the US as well as equal basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) occurrences among Medicare recipients.
Jacquelyn Gray
In elderly patients who experience chronic, post-traumatic, lower-extremity ulcers, fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment was found to accelerate wound healing.
Jacquelyn Gray
Considering possible legal ramifications, an opinion piece published in JAMA Dermatology has urged universities to cut business ties with tanning salons.

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