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Archive for February, 2010

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February 27th, 2010

Podcast 76: On saying “No” to patients’ requests.

A conversation with the authors of an Archives of Internal Medicine study that examines the best tactics for saying “No” to inappropriate requests. Contact me at 1-617-440-4374 or at jelia@jwatch.org. Interview-related links: Archives of Internal Medicine abstract Atul Gawande’s New Yorker article News-related links: The rosiglitazone (Avandia) controversy Advisory on thiazolidinediones Physicians’ work hours 13-valent […]


February 19th, 2010

Podcast 75: Which regimen for hypertension?

Patients with hypertension at risk for cardiovascular events have done better with an ACE inhibitor-calcium channel blocker combination than with the ACE inhibitor plus hydrochlorothiazide. The ACCOMPLISH investigators have now reported on their analysis of progression-of-nephropathy outcomes in their trial. We interview the first author of the analysis, Dr. George Bakris of the University of […]


February 12th, 2010

Podcast 74: How two SSRIs apparently interfere with tamoxifen therapy.

We talk with Dr. Catherine Kelly about her study in  BMJ showing serious interference of some SSRIs with tamoxifen therapy in breast cancer. The study was conducted using Canadian provincial databases. Reach us at 1-617-440-4374 or by email to jelia@jwatch.org. Interview article: BMJ study Physician’s First Watch coverage Medical news links: Back pain guidelines Inflammatory […]


February 5th, 2010

Podcast 73: How best to monitor patients on androgen-deprivation therapy for cardiovascular risks?

A panel of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Urological Association issued a statement on androgen-deprivation therapy and cardiovascular risk. We’ve got an interview with the chair of the writing committee, Dr. Glenn Levine. Interview-related links: Physician’s First Watch coverage of the statement Link to the statement, as published in […]


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