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Do Not Resuscitate Tattoos

A recent New England Journal of Medicine letter gained national attention by describing an emergency room visit by a patient with a tattoo on his chest, “Do Not Resuscitate.” The article told how the emergency room physicians, who had not encountered this issue before, contacted their medical ethics specialists to make sure they were complying with their […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Can a Toothpaste Reduce Heart Attacks and Strokes?

My father was a busy and successful dentist in New Haven, Connecticut. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in one of his dental chairs and having my teeth inspected and cleaned. Many years later when I was about to start medical school, my father told me that in his practice, patients with poor […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Myocardial Injury During Prolonged Temperature Management (video)

Targeted temperature management — lowering a person’s body temperature– has been recommended as an integrated part of postresuscitation care after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but is it safe? In this video, Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, AJM editor-in-chief, talks about new research on temperature management. Read the research: The Extent of Myocardial Injury During Prolonged Targeted Temperature […]

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Demographics and Epidemiology of Sudden Deaths in Young Competitive Athletes (video)

  Sudden deaths in young, seemingly healthy competitive athletes are tragic events, often with wide media coverage and high public visibility. There is substantial interest in establishing the cause of these deaths and the roles that race and gender may play. In a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, investigators report that […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Only Exercise on the Days You Eat

How often should I exercise, doc? “Only exercise on the days you eat,” is the advice Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, gives his cardiology patients. In the spirit of this advice, here is a compilation of recent research and commentary on the importance of regular exercise. Exercise Is Just […]

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