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Hospital Admissions for Chest Pain Associated with Cocaine Use in the United States

The outcomes related to chest pain associated with cocaine use and its burden on the healthcare system are not well studied. Methods Data were collected from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (2001-2012). Subjects were identified by using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes. Primary outcome was a composite of mortality, myocardial infarction, […]

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Trends of Cannabis Use Disorder Among Inpatients (video)

As states legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana, hospitals are seeing an increase in inpatients who are marijuana users. The most common co-morbidities among marijuana users are psychiatric disease and alcoholism. There has been an increase in older, sicker patients using cannabis, most likely due to the advent of medical marijuana in many states. […]

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Physician Exposure to Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Marketing

The American Medical Association’s 2015 recommendation to ban direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs reflected a strong consensus that this form of marketing is a significant contributor to increased drug costs. It is well documented that many patients request drugs they have seen advertised on television and that physicians often acquiesce to these requests.1, 2, 3, 4 But the […]

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Trends of Cannabis Use Disorder in the Inpatient: 2002 to 2011

The nationwide prevalence of cannabis use/abuse has more than doubled from 2002 to 2011. Whether the outpatient trend is reflected in the inpatient setting is unknown. We examined the prevalence and incidence of cannabis abuse/dependence as determined by discharge coding in a 10-year (2002-2011) National Inpatient Sample, as well as various trends among demographics, comorbidities, […]

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Should Atrial Fibrillation Patients Take Oral Anticoagulants? (video)

A majority of atrial fibrillation patients who have not been treated oral anticoagulants (OAC) meet guideline indications for treatment. Untreated patients are at increased risk for adverse outcomes. In this video, AJM editor-in-chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert discusses this new research in the April 2017 issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Read the Research: […]

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