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The Limited Public Health Impact of ‘Lifestyle’ Change

  Two main factors are responsible for premature disease and mortality. One is smoking, often referred to as a “lifestyle choice,” but better described as a “habit.” The other is poor nutrition resulting largely from the sugar, alcohol, salt, and saturated fat content (SASS components) of ready-to-consume food and drink, much of which is manufactured […]

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Reading Level of Internet Medical Information for Common Diagnoses

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that health materials be written at a grade 6-7 reading level, which has generally not been achieved in online reading materials. Up to the present time, there have not been any assessments focused on the reading level of online educational materials across the most popular consumer Web sites […]

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Addiction Interventions for Injection Drug Use-Associated Infective Endocarditis (video)

Injection drug use has sparked an increase in endocarditis. Patients hospitalized with injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis had high rates of readmission, recurrent infective endocarditis and death. Despite this, addiction interventions were suboptimal. In this video, Editor-in-chief Dr. Joseph Alpert and Assistant Editor Alexandra Queen discuss new research on injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis. Read […]

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AJM ‘Research’ Featured in The Onion

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? If so, The Onion paid a compliment to The American Journal of Medicine in August. A satirical Onion post cites a fictitious research study warning people not to spend too much time together. From The Onion… A study published Thursday in The American Journal Of Medicine determined that it is highly detrimental […]

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Computerized Patient Education

Using Animated Computer-generated Text and Graphics to Depict the Risks and Benefits of Medical Treatment Computer-animated depictions of risks and benefits offer an effective means to describe medical risk/benefit statistics. Understanding and satisfaction were significantly better when the format matched the patient’s preference for message delivery. Abstract  Objective  Conventional print materials for presenting risks and […]

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Changing Demographics Worldwide

Changing US and World Demographics: Consequences for the Practice of Medicine Demographics is a field of study in which statistical characteristics of a population are followed over a period of time. Commonly, demographic data are used in analyses involving fields such as sociology, public policy, and marketing. Characteristics that are followed often include gender, age, […]

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