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Acetaminophen in the Management of Acute and Subacute Low Back and Neck Pain

Nonspecific low back pain affects most people at some time in their lives. Although it is frequently short-lived, it accounts for a disproportionate number of healthcare encounters and is a major cause of lost time from work. Acetaminophen is commonly the first-line analgesic prescribed and is recommended in most clinical practice guidelines. Despite this, there […]

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Impact of Hyponatremia Correction on the Risk for 30-Day Readmission and Death in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

  The study objective was to compare the 30-day readmission rate and mortality between patients with heart failure who have persistent hyponatremia during hospitalization and patients who have their admission hyponatremia corrected before discharge. Methods This large retrospective cohort study included all adult patients admitted with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure to a tertiary-care […]

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No Structural Signposts: Afterload-Dependent Mitral Regurgitation

Bad news seemed to generate alarming symptoms in a 61-year-old woman. After learning of a stressful family situation, she presented to an outside hospital with acute, severe dyspnea and mild chest discomfort. Her past medical history included paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, remote pulmonary embolism, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and questionable mitral valve prolapse. The patient also reported that […]

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Integrating Physical Activity in Primary Care Practice (video)

Exercise plays a crucial role in being healthy and preventing disease. Because of their close relationship to patients, primary care physicians (PCPs) can act as a catalyst to help people be more active through physical activity counseling; however, doctors often encounter barriers to being able to properly address inactivity. A new paper from The American […]

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The Five-Minute Moment

In today’s hospital and clinic environment, the obstacles to bedside teaching for both faculty and trainees are considerable. As electronic health record systems become increasingly prevalent, trainees are spending more time performing patient care tasks from computer workstations, limiting opportunities to learn at the bedside. Physical examination skills rarely are emphasized, and low confidence levels, […]

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Cardiac Myeloid Sarcoma: Multimodality Radiologic Imaging Features and Pathologic Correlation

A 69-year-old man presented to our hospital with shortness of breath and cough. He had a history of essential hypertension but no known significant cardiovascular or pulmonary disease. Almost 1 year before the patient was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia with detectable mutations of the nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1) and FLT3 internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD) gene. […]

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The Economic Burden of Hyponatremia: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

  Hyponatremia is shown to be associated with prolonged hospital stays and higher risk of readmission, which suggests that hyponatremia may represent an important determinant of hospitalization costs. Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality observed in clinical practice. Several studies have demonstrated that hyponatremia is associated with an increased length of hospital stay and of […]

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Metabolic Syndrome and Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women (video)

Postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome report lower sexual activity, desire, and sexual satisfaction Understanding the effects of age and disease on sexual wellbeing is crucial as sexual health is increasingly associated with vitality. In a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at the role metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease play […]

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A Diagnosis at Hand: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

A classic physical examination finding pointed to underlying disease in a 43-year-old Hispanic woman. On presenting to the Emergency Department, she reported progressive shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pressure. One month earlier, she could exercise without limitation. However, in the ensuing interval, she developed increasing dyspnea and constant, nonexertional, left-sided chest pressure. A review […]

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Re-Emergence of Zika Virus: A Review on Pathogenesis, Clinical Manifestations, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

  Zika virus (ZKV) is an arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family, which includes West Nile, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis virus. It is transmitted by the Aedes genus of mosquitoes. Before 2015, ZKV outbreaks occurred in areas of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. The current large outbreak, which began in Brazil, has also […]

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