American Journal of Medicine, internal medicine, medicine, health, healthy lifestyles, cancer, heart disease, drugs
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A Blend of Sesame and Rice Bran Oils Lowers Hyperglycemia and Improves the Lipids

  Considering the health benefits of sesame oil and rice bran oil, the study was conducted to determine the extent to which the daily use of this blend of oils controls hyperglycemia and improves the lipid profile. Methods In this 8-week open-label randomized dietary intervention study, 300 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients and 100 normoglycemic […]

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Hospital Readmissions Following Physician Call System Change (video)

Reorganizing Physician Teams in a Large Hospital Caused Readmissions to Increase Significantly, According to New Report in The American Journal of Medicine As hospitals try to maintain effective and efficient operations, physician call systems can be a critical element in maintaining quality medical care and financial stability. In a new report published in The American […]

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Healthy Lifestyle and Functional Outcomes from Stroke in Women

While a healthy lifestyle has been associated with reduced risk of developing ischemic stroke, less is known about its effect on stroke severity. Methods We performed a prospective cohort study among 37,634 women without stroke or missing risk factor data at baseline. The healthy lifestyle index was composed of smoking, physical activity, body mass index, […]

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Power Failure: Acromegalic Cardiomyopathy

Presentation During his college years, the patient, at 6 ft, 8 in and 280 lb, aroused the attention of professional basketball scouts. But exertional fatigue and shortness of breath truncated his athletic aspirations. These symptoms continued in the ensuing years, necessitating approximately 15 hospitalizations at outside institutions for progressive dyspnea. No discernible etiology was established […]

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Resistant Hypertension and the Pivotal Role for Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists: A Clinical Update 2016

Clinical features of resistant hypertension are described, and the importance of several risk factors undergoing clinical investigation and reappraisal are considered in this review. True resistant hypertension must be distinguished from apparent resistant hypertension, of which important causes include medication nonadherence, illicit drug use, and alcoholism. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring should be considered to rule out […]

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Changes in Lipid Profile of Obese Patients following Bariatric Surgery (video)

In-depth, multi-study analysis characterizes role of contemporary bariatric surgery procedures in benefiting serum lipids. Fifty years after the first reported partial-ileal bypass, metabolic surgery has an established role in achieving weight loss and reducing cardiovascular death in obese patients. Scientists have now demonstrated that it can significantly benefit the lipid profiles of these patients a […]

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A Tool to Assess Risk of De Novo Opioid Abuse or Dependence

Readily available demographic, clinical, behavioral, pharmacy, and geographic information can be used to predict the likelihood of opioid abuse or dependence. Determining risk factors for opioid abuse or dependence will help clinicians practice informed prescribing and may help mitigate opioid abuse or dependence. The purpose of this study is to identify variables predicting opioid abuse […]

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Sampling of Electronic Medical Records Predicts Hospital Mortality

  Validated system for monitoring electronic health records in real time predicts patients at a higher risk for mortality, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Hospitalized patients can deteriorate quickly, requiring prompt identification and treatment, especially since each hour of treatment delay can increase the risk of mortality. In a […]

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Cardiac Examination: Stethoscope or Pocket Echo—Why Not Both?

Portable echocardiographic devices were first introduced in 1978.1 As technology has evolved, they have become smaller and more comprehensive. At present, pocket echos (pocket-sized, hand-held cardiac ultrasounds), which cost less than $1000 can, in 5 to 10 minutes, produce data very similar to that obtained by a standard echo examination of the heart. At present (United […]

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