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Unnecessary Hospitalizations for Pulmonary Embolism: Impact on US Health Care Costs

  Each year, more than 350,000 patients are treated for pulmonary embolism in US hospitals. Recent reports indicate that the majority of these patients do not have to be hospitalized: they can be safely treated at home, which will result in a tremendous decrease in our health care costs. One of the first reports that […]

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Retail Clinics: A Shift From Episodic Acute Care to Partners in Coordinated Care

The first retail clinic, offering care for common acute medical conditions, opened in a grocery store in Minneapolis in 2000.1 By 2015 there were 1900 retail clinics in the United States.2 Some have estimated that there will be 3000 retail clinics located in drug stores, grocery stores, and “big box” businesses in 2016.3 The majority are operated […]

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Organic Chem or Nutrition as a Pre-Med Requirement?

Success in an undergraduate course in organic chemistry is one of the master keys needed to unlock the door to medical school. Organic chemistry became a requirement for admission to allopathic medical schools in 1930.1 In 2015 it continues to be required by 84% of allopathic medical schools and is recommended by an additional 11%.2 It is […]

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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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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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