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Archive for November, 2009

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November 24th, 2009

Podcast 67: Unexpected “incidental” findings on pulmonary CT angiography present problems of pursuit and follow-up.

This week’s Archives of Internal Medicine investigates what happens when you analyze the outcome of all those pulmonary angiographic CTs ordered in the emergency department to rule out pulmonary embolism. We talk things over with Dr. Shannon Carson and Dr. William Hall, two of the paper’s principal authors. It’s Thanksgiving Week here in the U.S., […]


November 22nd, 2009

Podcast 66: Niacin versus ezetimibe in the face of high cardiovascular risk — a conversation with the ARBITER 6-HALTS trialist Allen Taylor

One of the more intriguing pieces of research presented at the American Heart Association this week (and simultaneously released online in the New England Journal of Medicine) shows that extended-release niacin outperforms ezetimibe in high-risk patients. We talk with Dr. Allen J. Taylor, the study’s first author. Contact us at 1-617-440-4374 or write jelia@jwatch.org. This […]


November 13th, 2009

Podcast 65: A conversation about the utility of renovascular angioplasty in the face of atherosclerosis

Investigators have suspected that there isn’t much advantage to renovascular angioplasty and stenting in atherosclerosis, but their studies haven’t had the statistical power to prove that point. A new bit of research in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine may have hit the mark. We’ve got an interview with two of the principals of […]


November 12th, 2009

Podcast 64: A conversation regarding on-pump versus off-pump CABG with Frederick Grover.

Avoiding use of the heart-lung machine during coronary artery bypass grafting was supposed to lower neurocognitive problems and other complications after the procedure. A large randomized trial finds otherwise. We’ve got a conversation with one of the investigators, Frederick Grover. To contact us, call 1-617-440-4374. You can write to me at jelia@jwatch.org. This week’s links: […]


November 2nd, 2009

Podcast 63: A conversation about the adverse cardiometabolic effects of second-generation antipsychotic drugs in young patients with Christoph Correll

There are consequences of even short-term use of some drugs. Take the second-generation antipsychotics. A 3-month course can cause weight gain of almost 20 pounds in young people, according to a JAMA study. We interview Dr. Christoph Correll about the implications. To reach Clinical Conversations, you can call 1-617-440-4374 or email me at jelia@jwatch.org. This […]


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