A drug to treat hemophilia was polluted with hepatitis viruses and HIV

An excerpt from Doctor Guilt?

by Everett Winslow Lovrien, MD

This is the story of a boy who had hemophilia, a bleeding disorder that resulted in pain, disability and death before adulthood. A new medicine was developed which brought an end to suffering and increased longevity in persons with hemophilia.  The effect of the new medicine was like magic. It was a remarkable revolutionary advancement …

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Controversy about NSAIDs and heart health

by Marianna Rakovitsky, RPh

Recently there has been a lot of controversy  about the use of NSAIDs and heart health.

NSAIDs are medications for pain and inflammation. Many of them are sold over the counter and they are used by millions of people for various aches and pains as well as for more serious chronic conditions such as arthritis. Aspirin is technically an NSAID, but its effects …

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How working in the White House breaks down your body

by Keith Humphreys, PhD

When my friend Paul Costello left the Carter Administration, he wrote a funny New York Times article suggesting a special course for departing staffers:

There ought to be an “outward bound” course for White House employees facing exile. Must we face this cruel and unusual punishment cold turkey?

Maybe people were tougher back then – I personally would have collapsed five minutes into the first day of the …

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10 top medical blog posts, September 2010

Here are the top posts from this past month, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Medical school is hard, and other medical student thoughts. Some reflections on my first semester of medical school.

2. Physicians love their work but are frustrated. Many physicians describe themselves as at the breaking point.

3. 10 cancer signs women shouldn’t ignore. If you’re relatively young and healthy, gynecologic cancers probably …

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Searching for solace while balancing the care of patient

by Brian McMichael, MD

The NEJM recently published an interesting case in the ongoing series: “ A Request for Retrieval of Oocytes from a 36-year old Woman with Anoxic Brain Injury.” Usually these cases are diagnostic dilemmas. This one focused on an ethical dilemma at end-of-life.

The Case

A 36-year-old woman, in overall good health taking oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), was on a prolonged international flight, and …

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