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Prevention of Medical Events During Air Travel: A Narrative Review

Prior to traveling, and when seeking medical pretravel advice, patients consult their personal physicians. Inflight medical issues are estimated to occur up to 350 times per day worldwide (1/14,000-40,000 passengers). Specific characteristics of the air cabin environment are associated with hypoxia and the expansion of trapped gases into body cavities, which can lead to harm. […]

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Hospital Care During & After Hurricane Sandy

Medical Residency Training and Hospital Care During and After a Natural Disaster: Hurricane Sandy and Its Effects During natural disasters, resident physicians in teaching hospitals play an integral role in ensuring continuous patient care. The challenges that a residency program experiences as a referral hospital after such calamities have not been documented in the past. However, there […]

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New Research in AJM: ‘Guns Do Not Make a Nation Safer’

With each massacre of innocent citizens, the demand for action on gun control by the US Congress intensifies. After the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012,  it appeared as if the national outrage over the massacre of 20 children and 6 school staff would finally push the Congress into action, but sadly, […]

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An Unusual Complication of Crack Abuse

Blog Feature. Crack cocaine abuse is highly prevalent in the United States. Though physical withdrawal occurs rarely, the compulsion to smoke crack is powerful. In this case, a patient attempted to smoke crack through her tracheostomy and aspirated her glass crack pipe. Case Report: A 50 year-old woman presented to the Emergency Department (ED) complaining […]

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Treating Patients High on Bath Salts: A Growing Problem

Emergency rooms and poison control centers across the country are seeing increasing numbers of people high on bath salts. Yes… bath salts. Sold legally in head shops and convenience stores, the bath salts are advertised as a bathing product, but people are snorting, injecting, or smoking them to get high. The problem is that users […]

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