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Real-Life Benefits of Statins for Cardiovascular Prevention in Elderly Subjects: A Population-Based Cohort Study

The benefits of initiating statins in the elderly remains debated. We evaluated the effects of initiating statins in the elderly, according to cardiovascular risk. Methods This population-based cohort study used data of the representative sample of the French health care system database for the 2008-2015 period. New users of statins, aged 75 years and older, […]

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New Treatment Options for Depression: A Primer for Internists

Depression continues to be a challenging condition to treat despite the myriad treatment options available. Primary care providers are increasingly tasked with providing second- and third-line treatments for major depressive disorder, and thus, should be familiar with newer medication therapies that are available. In this article, we aim to provide the general internist and other […]

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Comparative Stroke, Bleeding, and Mortality Risks in Older Medicare Patients Treated with Oral Anticoagulants for Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are alternatives to warfarin in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. Randomized trials compared NOACs with warfarin, but none have compared individual NOACs against each other for safety and effectiveness. Methods We performed a retrospective new-user cohort study of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation enrolled in US Medicare who initiated […]

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Genomics and Precision Medicine to Combat Opioid Use Disorder

Chronic pain is a debilitating disorder affecting approximately 100million people, or almost 30% of the adult population of the United States.1 Among patients with chronic pain, about half report its occurrence to be daily and severe. Chronic pain costs about $630 billion annually and is the leading primary complaint by patients to healthcare providers and the […]

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Clinical Outcomes After Treatment of Cocaine-Induced Chest Pain with Beta-Blockers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Recent guidelines have suggested avoiding beta-blockers in the setting of cocaine-associated acute coronary syndrome. However, the available evidence is both scarce and conflicted. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to investigate the evidence pertaining to the use of beta-blockers in the setting of acute cocaine-related chest pain and its implication on clinical […]

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National Rate of Tobacco and Substance Use Disorders Among Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients

Several cardiotoxic substances impact heart failure incidence. The burden of comorbid tobacco or substance use disorders among heart failure patients is under-characterized. We describe the burden of tobacco and substance use disorders among hospitalized heart failure patients in the United States. Methods We calculated the proportion of primary heart failure hospitalizations in the 2014 National […]

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