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Archives for December, 2006

Just when you thought there could not possibly be any more to say about the subject, given the uncertainties inherent in the area, there is yet another study.  This one is from analysis of a large patient registry in Finland.  A total of 15,390 patients were included in the analysis, over a period of 3.4…

Ethics of HPV Vaccination

This has been a topic at ScienceBlogs before.  Now, finally, the New England Journal of Medicine is catching up.  They have an editorial on the ethics of vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus.  It turns out that there are many facets to this issue.  The background is this: HPV is a major factor in the development…

Radiology Quiz

Usually, doctors post radiology quizzes with odd clinical findings, or sometimes odd things that people have swallowed, or gotten into their bodies through other means. But this particular image has nothing to do with medicine, or even traditional radiology.  Rather, it pertains to astronomy and archeology.  

Up-To-Date Information on Menopause

NEJM has a nice, short article on the management of menopausal symptoms.  Usually their clinical stuff is subscription-only, but this one is openly accessible.  I’m not going to comment on it, specifically, but mention it only because it might be something of general interest.   Management of Menopausal Symptoms Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H. Volume 355:2338-2347,…

Don’t Be Afraid…

HT: Liberal Street Fighter.

I had to think about this for a bit before it made sense (free registration on Medscape required): Does Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Decrease Gastroesophageal Reflux in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Twenty-four-hour esophageal pH monitoring was used by Spence and colleagues[4] to determine whether continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) decreases nocturnal reflux in patients…

This is kind of an old story, I know.  Still, every once in a while it is good to revisit these things.  When the topic first came up in 2004, it was the subject of much newspaper space and blog commentary.  But now, it has pretty much faded from the national consciousness.  Has anything more…

Best Buys for Schizophrenia Treatment

I have to admit, I was started to see a Consumer Reports article on the “Best Buy” drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  So now treating mental illness is like buying a toaster oven?  Seriously, at first it seemed kind of inappropriate.  After all you cannot assess pharmaceuticals the same way you…