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Archive for July, 2009

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July 31st, 2009

Podcast 51: In pregnant women with suspected H1N1, treat promptly! A conversation with Denise Jamieson of the CDC.

It’s simple: pregnant women (for un-simple reasons) are at greater risk for flu complications. It’s true even among hitherto apparently healthy patients. We’ve got a conversation with a CDC researcher who’s just published a paper in Lancet that urges prompt treatment, even in the face of pending lab results, with antivirals. Contact us at 1-617-440-4374. [...]


July 19th, 2009

Podcast 50: A re-podcast of an interview from February regarding the FDA’s plans for tightening regulations on opioid use.

This week the FDA approved a form of fentanyl that can be administered through the buccal mucosa — but its label carries boxed warnings. And two weeks ago, the opioid propoxyphene got boxed warnings on its Darvon and Darvocet formulations. The FDA is trying to regulate the opioids more closely, reminding prescribers and users of [...]


July 10th, 2009

Podcast 49: Three RASS Study researchers discuss their findings on the lack of benefit of renin-angiotensin blockade in the primary prevention of diabetic nephropathy in Type 1 diabetes.

We talk with Drs. Michael Mauer, Ronald Klein, and Bernard Zinman about their paper in the July 2 New England Journal of Medicine reporting on the RASS study (Renin-Angiotensin System Study). They found that blockade of the renin-angiotensin system was not effective in the primary prevention of diabetic nephropathy in Type 1 diabetes. This week’s [...]


July 2nd, 2009

Podcast 48: A conversation with Les Irwig, which your bone scanner won’t like to hear.

Scanning patients on bisphosphonates within the first 3 years of therapy is just wasted effort, and may even be misleading clinically. That’s what researchers conclude after reanalysis of FIT trial data on some 6500 women taking either alendronate or placebo. Prof. Les Irwig of the University of Sydney talks about his team’s findings and what [...]


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