American Journal of Medicine, internal medicine, medicine, health, healthy lifestyles, cancer, heart disease, drugs

A Worm Hole: Liver Abscess in Ascariasis

A patient with an infection that is often asymptomatic developed an uncommon complication. The 60-year-old woman presented with fever and pain in the epigastrium and right hypochondrium, symptoms that had existed for the previous 5 days. On touch, she was clearly febrile. Her temperature was 38.6°C (101.5°F). Her blood pressure and pulse rate were within […]

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Effectiveness and Safety of Rivaroxaban Versus Warfarin in Frail Patients with Venous Thromboembolism

Frailty predicts poorer outcomes in patients receiving anticoagulation. We assessed the effectiveness and safety of rivaroxaban vs warfarin in frail patients experiencing venous thromboembolism. Methods Using US MarketScan claims data from January 2012-December 2016, we identified frail patients (using the Johns Hopkins Claims-Based Frailty Indicator score) who had ≥1 primary hospitalization/emergency department visit diagnosis codes […]

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Effective Immunization of Older Adults Against Seasonal Influenza

The 2017-2018 influenza season reminds us that it is important for health care professionals to be prepared for the annual onslaught of this contagious respiratory disease associated with potentially serious complications. Vaccination is by far the best method to prevent and control influenza, reducing illness, hospitalizations, and mortality. The highest rates of influenza-associated morbidity and […]

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Emerging Trends in Pain Medication Management: Back to the Future: A Focus on Ketamine

  Providers face many challenges when faced with pain management. Pain is complex, difficult to understand and diagnose, and especially enigmatic to manage. The discovery of nonopioid agents for pain management has become particularly important considering the ongoing opioid epidemic. This review is focused on revisiting ketamine, an agent that has historically been used for […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Socrates on Quality

Following several hours of vigorous exercise on a warm afternoon in the spring of 410 bce, Socrates converses with Asculepo, a young medical student attending the Hippocrates School of Medicine in Athens. Asculepo is telling Socrates about several recent lectures at the school on the subject of quality in healthcare. Socrates: A wonderful afternoon, Asculepo, perfect weather […]

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