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Should Your Blood Pressure Be Checked in Both Arms? YES!

As heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States, practitioners and patients alike are looking for ways to cut risk factors and identify new clues to assist with early detection. New research published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine suggests that there is […]

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Can a Healthy Diet Prevent Heart Disease?

A whole diet approach, which focuses on increased intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish, has more evidence for reducing cardiovascular risk than strategies that focus exclusively on reduced dietary fat, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine reveals. While strictly low-fat diets have the ability to lower cholesterol, they are not as conclusive in […]

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Exercise Is Just as Important as Your Medication

“They who are accustomed to daily labor, although even weak or old, endure it more easily than the robust or young who are unaccustomed to it.” Hippocrates Aphorisms1   I tell all my patients that frequent exercise is just as important as their medication in controlling their cardiovascular disease.2 In addition, I tell them that they […]

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Less Exercise, Not More Calories, Responsible for Expanding Waistlines

Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according to a new analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). A study published in The American Journal of Medicine reveals that in the past 20 years there has been a sharp decrease in […]

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Food Insecurity Is Linked to Medication Underuse

Chronically ill adults who reported food insecurity in their household (not having consistent access to food due to lack of financial stability) were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine,. The term cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or […]

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Phenibut: Buyer Beware

Phenibut, the Appearance of Another Potentially Dangerous Product in the United States Since the advent of the Internet, many quasi-legal substances with significant toxicity and abuse potential have found their way into the hands of consumers across the US. In recent years, multiple reports of abuse and withdrawal syndromes related to Internet-purchased synthetic cannabinoids and […]

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Caffeine & Exercise

Caffeine Reduces Myocardial Blood Flow During Exercise Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine) is one of the most widely used pharmacologically active drugs in the world and is found in products such as colas, coffee, tea, energy beverages, dietary supplements, over-the-counter medications, and chocolate. It has been estimated that worldwide caffeine consumption is approximately 76 mg/d per person; in […]

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Into Thin Air: Shrinking Lung Syndrome

When chest percussion revealed diminished lung volumes in a 52-year-old African American woman, her diagnostic possibilities expanded. The patient, hospitalized with fever, progressive dyspnea, and diffuse joint pain, felt well until 11 months earlier. At that time, she began a course of peginterferon alfa-2, ribavirin, and boceprevir for hepatitis C acquired from a blood transfusion. Five […]

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Joseph S. Alpert, MD

Despite Advances, DVT Rates Remain High (video)

Despite advances in identification, prophylaxis, and treatment between 1985 and 2009, the annual event rate of venous thromboembolism has increased and remains high. Read new research in the October 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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Trends in Stroke Rates, Risk, and Outcomes

Trends in Stroke Rates, Risk, and Outcomes in the United States, 1988 to 2008 Background Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. We describe trends in the incidence, outcomes, and risk factors for stroke in the US Medicare population from 1988 to 2008. Methods We analyzed data from a 20% sample of hospitalized Medicare […]

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Predictive Parameters of Accelerated Muscle Loss in Men—MINOS Study

Background Aging-related muscle loss is a public health problem. We investigated the association of lifestyle and hormonal factors with a prospectively assessed muscle loss in older men. Methods Among 608 home-dwelling men, aged 60-85 (mean 68) years, lifestyle and health status were evaluated through a questionnaire. Appendicular skeletal muscle mass was estimated using dual-energy x-ray […]

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The Onion

AJM ‘Research’ Featured in The Onion

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? If so, The Onion paid a compliment to The American Journal of Medicine in August. A satirical Onion post cites a fictitious research study warning people not to spend too much time together. From The Onion… A study published Thursday in The American Journal Of Medicine determined that it is highly detrimental […]

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Drug-induced Dilemma

Drug-induced Dilemma: Angiokeratomas and Decreased Renal Function   Timing is everything, according to the well-worn aphorism. Yet, it certainly proved true when a diagnosis was sought for a puzzling set of signs and symptoms. An 84-year-old woman was referred to our hospital in December 2012, due to the sudden appearance of multiple eruptive hemorrhagic papules […]

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