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Archive for December, 2011

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December 17th, 2011

Podcast 139: CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea seems to improve some measures of the metabolic syndrome

A double-blind crossover study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that 3 months of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea ameliorates some components of the metabolic syndrome, which is present in about three quarters of such patients. The authors acknowledge the difficulty of motivating […]


December 9th, 2011

Podcast 138: Why do kids in the U.S. get so many inappropriate broad-spectrum antibiotics?

When kids go for ambulatory care, they get an antibiotic prescribed about 20% of the time. Half of those antibiotics are of the broad-spectrum variety. What are the factors leading up to this, and what are some resources to turn to for better information on this dangerous situation? Listen in to  this 27-minute podcast […]


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