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Archive for August, 2011

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August 12th, 2011

Podcast 128: Bleeding patients, inadvertently, into anemia happens more often than you might think

An article in Archives of Internal Medicine examines what’s called “diagnostic blood loss” — the loss of blood through phlebotomy and not hemorrhage. The effect is the same, however. According to a study conducted in 57 medical centers among some 18,000 patients with myocardial infarction, one in five became moderately or severely anemic (hemoglobin […]


August 3rd, 2011

Podcast 127: Why QALYs matter

This time we talk with Dr. Katia Noyes, first author on a study of the cost-effectiveness of disease-modifying drugs in multiple sclerosis. If you don’t treat MS, don’t think that the topic is irrelevant. Noyes brings the issues of cost-effectiveness and the dreaded QALY into focus for clinicians who see patients. After all, medical […]


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