She was 94-years old with advanced Alzheimer's. She thought it was 1954 and asked if I wanted tea. Not a bad memory for someone in a hospital bed with a broken left hip. She'd fallen at her assisted living facility. It was the second time in as many months. She'd broken her collarbone on the previous occasion. Over the past year, she'd lost 30 pounds. This is natural in the progression of ...

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There are plenty of things we don’t know about health and illness. Sure, we know a lot more than we did fifty or a hundred years ago—but every day, still, I have questions that aren’t yet answered. I read a dozen or so journals each month. (I know. Nerd.) Each one has at least ten or so good quality studies—good, ...

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051512_papelbon Former Boston Red Sox closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon may have opened up a can of worms with his remarks about his frequent use of the injectable anti-inflammatory drug Toradol (ketorolac) during his time with the Red Sox. Papelbon, who now plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, told ESPNBoston.com that several Red Sox players were frequently injected with the drug:

"It was kind of ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 28-year-old man is evaluated 24 hours after a new diagnosis of a left calf deep venous thrombosis. One week ago, he underwent orthopedic surgery. Two weeks ago, he returned from vacationing in Italy on an 8-hour flight. Current medications are enoxaparin, 80 mg subcutaneously twice daily, and warfarin, 5 mg/d. On physical examination, temperature ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 20-year-old man is evaluated for a 6-month history of low back pain accompanied by prolonged morning stiffness. His symptoms improve over the course of the day, but he is now unable to play recreational soccer. Rest, physical therapy, and acupuncture have not improved his symptoms. Use of ibuprofen or diclofenac provides only partial ...

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