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Supplemental oxygen during cardiac arrest resuscitation

by Michael Smith

Administering high concentrations of supplemental oxygen during resuscitation after cardiac arrest is associated with increased inhospital mortality, researchers said.

So-called blood hyperoxia resulting from being given pure oxygen after cardiac arrest was associated with an 80% increase in the risk of death, compared with patients whose blood gases were normal on admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), according to Stephen Trzeciak, MD, of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, …

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Causes of stroke in young adults

by Todd Neale

The recent stroke suffered by Delaware’s attorney general Beau Biden, who is 41, has highlighted the fact that people of all ages are vulnerable, despite seemingly good health.

A statement from Timothy Gardner, MD, medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Del., where Biden was initially treated, said he had suffered a “mild stroke,” although it remains unknown whether …

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A medical student chooses dermatology because of family

by an anonymous medical student

As of today, I am one month from adding those long sought-after and hard-earned initials to my name, M.D.. I matched at my number one choice in a very competitive “lifestyle specialty,” have a fabulous husband who has helped me through the emotional turmoil that is medical school, and two young boys who make me laugh and smile every day. I sit here, where …

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Avoiding the ER and arranging a direct admit is not easy

Are emergency departments solely responsible for the bulk of unnecessary tests?

Most would like to believe so, but emergency physician Edwin Leap says that’s not the case.

He cites an instance involving a primary care doctor and hospitalist:

Local physician, who does not admit to the hospital, sees patient in the office. Patient has uncontrolled hypertension and is having some chest pain and shortness of breath. Local physician contacts hospitalist. …

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Treating critically ill patients on Mount Everest

Ken Kamler tells an incredible story of collective resilience in the face of one of the most dangerous mountaineering expeditions ever attempted: “I was faced with treating a lot of critically ill patients at 24,000 feet, which was an impossibility.”

Incredible lecture from TEDMED 2009.

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President Obama should have had colonoscopy without sedation

by Michael Kirsch, MD

Does anyone out there know why President Obama underwent a virtual  ‘colonscopy’ (VC) instead of a conventional colonoscopy earlier this year?

In my gastroenterology practice, we do not offer colon cancer screening to 48-year-old individuals, unless special risk factors are present. Of course, maintaining the president’s health is in the national interest, so I understand why professional screening guidelines might not apply to him. For …

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Primary care needs better physical exam skills

by Joseph Biundo, MD

Not long ago, primary care physician Rob Lamberts did a blog post about the economics of seeing Medicare and Medicaid patients, stating that doing so was bad business. While I agree with most of his points, I have a quarrel with his statement that primary care physicians keep down the cost of care by keeping people healthy, away from specialists, and out of the hospital.

That may be …

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