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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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Statins and Diabetes: Wider Utilization Is Needed in Treatment and Prevention

  In this issue of The American Journal of Medicine, Hennekens et al1 address many cogent methodologic issues concerning whether there is a valid statistical association between statins and the development of diabetes. While they conclude that the current totality of evidence is insufficient to confirm a valid association, if such an association were present, the most plausible […]

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Absence of Oral Anticoagulation and Subsequent Outcomes Among Outpatients with AF (video)

Prior studies have shown a treatment gap in oral anticoagulation (OAC) use among patients with atrial fibrillation yet have incompletely characterized factors associated with failure to treat and subsequent outcomes in contemporary practice. Methods Using data collected between June 2010 and August 2011 from 174 ambulatory care sites in the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed […]

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Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used in perioperative pain management of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. However, the association of periprocedural use of NSAIDs and clinical outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft is understudied. Methods We conducted a retrospective analysis using pooled data from 2 multicenter randomized controlled trials (PREVENT IV [n = […]

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