Specialties & Topics
- Arthritis/Rheumatic Disease
- Breast Cancer
- GERD/Peptic Ulcers
September 9th, 2014
The PARADIGM-HF trial of LCZ696 — a novel compound that both blocks the renin-angiotensin system with an ARB component and blocks neprilysin’s degradation of natriuretic peptides — increased survival in heart failure by some 20% relative to enalapril. It seems to be a big deal, and the trial’s two principal authors have agreed to talk about their work and its larger meaning.
Running time: 15 minutes
August 29th, 2014
Running time: 9 minutes
In the light of the New England Journal of Medicine‘s recent publication three papers on sodium intake and its implications for cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and excess mortality, we thought we’d speak again with Dr. Jan Staessen, who surprised a lot of people 3 years ago with a paper in JAMA warning against population-wide sodium reductions. His research showed that cutting sodium intakes to levels recommended by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture was associated in his cohort with an increase in cardiovascular risk.
Dr. Staessen kindly agreed to serve as our guide through the new NEJM research.
July 30th, 2014
Running time: 15 minutes
Dr. Danielle Ofri, author and internist (as well as an aspiring cellist), is writing a book about how patients and clinicians hear each other. Our discussion centers on that, and on her request that you contact her if you can put her in touch with great diagnosticians (and maybe even their patients).
If you have any suggestions about this or other matters, please contact me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Ofri may be contacted at her website: http://danielleofri.com
June 25th, 2014
Running time: 10 minutes
The Institute of Medicine’s report on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder finds that active military and veterans with PTSD aren’t always getting evidence-based treatments. And when those treatments are used, they’re too often not used according to protocols and the results aren’t measured. The upshot? The agencies with responsibility for treating PTSD don’t know whether they’re doing their patients any good.
June 5th, 2014
Podcast 170 — An emergency physician has the tables turned on her and returns with lessons for all clinicians
Dr. Charlotte Yeh was crossing the street in Washington, D.C., on her way to dinner when a car hit her.
She ended up in a Level I trauma center, and the experience was sobering for its reminder that in our drive to measure quality indicators, the patient may end up ignored or forgotten.
Running Time: 10 minutes
November 12th, 2013
Running time: 11 minutes
The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology have released four sets of guidelines — all aimed at the lowering of risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. For perspective, we’ve asked Harlan Krumholz, editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology and CardioExchange to chat.
Risk calculator (free)