Originally published in MedPage Today by Kristina Fiore Physicians tend to prefer intellectual hobbies -- chess, reading, writing. Dr. Alfred Bove is no exception. His hobby often requires application of his expertise in physiology. You know him as the president of the American College of Cardiology. But you may not know that his heart belongs to the sea. Bove's interest in scuba diving ...

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by Michael Jaff, MD Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a condition commonly correlated with diabetes, also known as a “silent killer,” affects at least one in every three diabetics over the age of 50 and approximately eight million Americans in total over the age of 40. Although PAD is prolific among diabetic and senior populations, current data show that public and physician knowledge of the disease is startlingly low, with only 25 ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Jeffrey Gene Kaplan, MD, MS In a given year in the U.S., 1/4th of US men and 2/5ths of US women attempt to lose weight, unfortunately, they often fail to keep the weight off. Sobering statistics that we see all around us, particularly poignant in my office as a pediatrician. Clearly a multifaceted approach is required, but the most ...

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Originally published in Insidermedicine Quitting smoking after being diagnosed with lung cancer can prolong life and reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence or the development of a new lung cancer, according to research published online ahead of print in the British Medical Journal. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Originally published in MedPage Today by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent The strain of caring for a disabled spouse is associated with an increased risk of stroke, researchers found. The risk is increased for men, and especially African-American men, according to William Haley, PhD, of the University of South Florida, in Tampa, and colleagues. On the other hand, there was no significant ...

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Anthony Atala's lecture at TEDMED 2009, discussing how his state-of-the-art lab grows human organs - from muscles to blood vessels to bladders. Amazing. classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="430" height="295" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">

by Michael Kirsch, MD Choose the best answer. To stimulate organ donation, we should provide organ donors with: * Cold, hard cash * Upgrades to business class on any flight within the continental United States for 1 year * College tuition discounts for up to 3 children * Income tax relief * First row Bruce Springsteen concert tickets * A certificate of appreciation There is a reason that we don’t ask families of kidnapped victims what our policy should ...

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Originally published in Insidermedicine A new model that takes into account the risks of surgery, the risks of obesity, and the efficacy of bariatric surgery helps clarify which patients are likely to live longer as a result of this intervention. The research is published in the January issue of the Archives of Surgery. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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Originally posted in MedPage Today by Mike Himowitz I have a libertarian streak that compels me to shout “Nanny State!” when local governments put up speed-trap cameras to extort money from otherwise law-abiding citizens who drive a few miles over artificially low limits. Same for legislators who want to make me a criminal for calling my wife on my cell phone to ask her if I should pick up anything at ...

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Originally published in Insidermedicine The dosing of antimicrobial agents should be tailored to patients' physical characteristics in order to achieve maximal effectiveness and safety, according to a Viewpoint argument made in the The Lancet. id="play_continuous_flvs" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="385" height="239" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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