What Happens When a 24-Year-Old Gets a Measles Vaccination?

Late Onset of Vaccine-associated Measles in an Adult with Severe Clinical Symptoms: A Case Report Measles is a highly contagious disease causing an estimated 2.6 million deaths per year before a vaccine was developed.1 However, the attenuated measles vaccine has brought the disease under control.1 Vaccine-associated measles can occur in children and immunocompromised individuals.2, 3, 4 Little is known about […]

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Blockage Below the Belt: Leriche Syndrome

Presentation The patient, a 46-year-old man with a history of smoking and hypertension, was recovering from a heart attack when another problem was discovered. He initially presented to the emergency department with sudden-onset substernal chest pain that radiated to his left shoulder. His physical examination on presentation was notable for diminished (+1) femoral and peripheral pulses bilaterally, […]

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Treat or Eat: Food Insecurity, Cost-related Medication Underuse, and Unmet Needs

Cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity are common among chronically ill adults, with 1/3 of patients reporting one or both. Abstract Background Adults with chronic disease are often unable to meet medication and food needs, but no study has examined the relationship between cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity in a nationally representative sample. We […]

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All Men with Vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction Require a Cardiovascular Workup

Studies suggest that erectile dysfunction is an independent marker for cardiovascular disease. Assessment and management of erectile dysfunction may help identify and reduce the risk of future cardiovascular events. Abstract An association between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease has long been recognized, and studies suggest that erectile dysfunction is an independent marker of cardiovascular disease […]

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Follow the American Journal of Medicine on Twitter: @amjmed

The American Journal of Medicine now has a Twitter account. Please follow us here.

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Multiple Sclerosis CME Course: Disease Management and Clinical Trial Data

The American Journal of Medicine is offering a new continuing medical education (CME) course on multiple sclerosis: Multiple Sclerosis Updates: Disease Management and Clinical Trial Data The 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN 2013) presented lectures, data, poster sessions, and panel discussions that provided up-to-date information on current clinical trials. Further […]

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CME Course Updates Physicians on Parkinson’s Disease Care

The American Journal of Medicine has a new continuing medical education (CME) course on Parkinson’s disease on our website: An Update on Parkinson’s Disease: Improving Patient Outcomes Neurologists are faced with many challenges in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This chronic, long-term illness that affects at least one million people in the United […]

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Chicken Nuggets, Marijuana, & Fiber Top List of AJM Social Media Traffic

The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads “Chicken Little” was by far the most popular article in recent months, according to Altmetric, a service that tracks social media attention garnered by research articles. (After dissecting a chicken nugget,  researchers determined “chicken” was not high on the ingredient list for nuggets.) This graphic showing AJM’s most popular articles […]

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‘Krokodil’—A Designer Drug from Across the Atlantic, with Serious Consequences

Use of “Krokodil,” a deadly Russian designer drug, has been spreading rapidly across Europe.1, 2 It can turn an addict’s skin dark, scaly, and necrotic and cause it to wither away. “Krokodil” use was first reported in Siberia in 2002 and so far has been reported only in European countries.3 Our case aims to shed light on the […]

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American Journal of Medicine Editor Joseph Alpert

My Recent Reading List of Nonmedical Books

“But by the neglect of the studies of the humanities, which has been far too general, the profession loses a very precious commodity…There are at least a dozen or more works which would be helpful in getting wisdom in life which comes only to those who earnestly seek it.” Sir William Osler – Counsels and Ideals […]

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AJM Ventures into ‘Obamacare’: Shopping the Affordable Care Act Marketplace

With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), January 2014 marked the beginning of a new era in health insurance in the US. For the chronically uninsured and for those with pre-existing conditions, it’s been a long and financially perilous wait for all of the ACA benefits to kick in. For free-market conservatives, the […]

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April 2014: Should Patients Stop Antiplatelet Medication before Oral Surgery? (video)

Should patients stop taking antiplatelet therapy when they have dental surgery? “Absolutely not,” says AJM Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert. Check out this video and the April 2014 review on this topic. Check out this new study: Dental Surgery and Antiplatelet Agents: Bleed or Die  

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AJM in the News: Blood Pressure Research in the New York Times

The lead research article in the March 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine was featured in the New York Times Well Blog today. The Systolic Blood Pressure Difference Between Arms and Cardiovascular Disease in the Framingham Heart Study reveals that the the difference in blood pressure readings between a patient’s left and right […]

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Sublingual Surprise: A New Variant of Oral Lichen Planus

A 25-year-old man appeared to have a new form of a well-described disorder. In March 2011, he presented to our clinic complaining of a 6-month history of tongue ulcerations that made it difficult for him to talk and eat. After evaluation at a local hospital, he received an initial diagnosis of chronic ulcerative stomatitis. However, […]

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