New research on the link between antihypertensive medications and atrial fibrillation suggests diuretics may trigger new cases of the condition, while angiotensin-converting enzymes may protect against it.
When managing patients with atrial fibrillation, internists use antiarrthymic strategies that significantly differ from those utilized by cardiologists, though both types of physicians similarly diverge from treatment guidelines.
Clinicians must anticipate changes in kidney function during acute illness and surgical procedures, as well as frequently reassess metformin use in older patients, since kidney function declines predictably with age.
Although it is widely understood that hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) are the leading causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, an alarming number of HBV and HCV carriers have unhealthy habits that result in poor liver health.
One of the most common treatment courses for chronic pain is comprised of prescription opioid medications. However, concerns about drug addiction and abuse oftentimes outweigh the drugs' pain-relieving benefits.
Although the true prevalence of shoulder disorders in general practice remains unknown, an analysis of ultrasound imaging reports offers physicians some insight into the underlying causes of shoulder pain.
Although tumor necrosis factor inhibitors have dramatically improved management strategies for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, the biologic agents also pose a number of significant side effects that physicians must consider.
Heinrich von Staden, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Classics and History of Science in the School of Historic Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study and one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient science and medicine, describes how ancient medical concepts apply to modern practice.
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." While this statement attributed to Voltaire is less true today than it was in the philosopher's time, there is still a familiar ring to it.