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Using the Electronic Medical Record to Identify Patients at High Risk for Frequent Emergency Department Visits and High System Costs

A small proportion of patients account for a high proportion of healthcare use. Accurate preemptive identification may facilitate tailored intervention. We sought to determine whether machine learning techniques using text from a family practice electronic medical record can be used to predict future high emergency department use and total costs by patients who are not […]

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Digital Rectal Exam: Still Relevant After All These Years (video)

In the world of high-tech medicine, the digital rectal exam still has a place. In this current study, researchers showed that performing the digital rectal exam on patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding provided valuable clinical information. American Journal of Medicine Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert explains the clinical implications of this research. (Get out your exam […]

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Gastric Crohn’s Disease: A Rare Cause of Intermittent Abdominal Pain and Vomiting

Crohn’s disease is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory disease that may involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It most commonly affects the terminal ileum and cecum, and less commonly is isolated to the colon. Crohn’s disease involving the stomach or duodenum is uncommon and described in only 0.5% to 4% of […]

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Immunotherapy in Squamous Cell Skin Carcinoma: A Game Changer?

  A 74-year-old white male was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2013. Six months after Mohs surgery, he underwent a left superficial parotidectomy, left neck dissection, and excision of the left postauricular lymph node after confirmation of lymphatic spread. Pathology from the left parietal scalp lesion revealed multifocal invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Extranodal tumor […]

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Cerebral Fat Embolism in Hemoglobin SC Disease

A 63-year-old Caribbean man was admitted to the hospital for low back and pelvic pain. His medical history included sickle cell hemoglobin (Hb) C disease with no vaso-occlusive crisis within the last 20 years, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treated with inhaled corticosteroids for the last 4 years. A few hours after admission, respiratory distress […]

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