June 2015

Despite Steady Increase in Chemoprophylaxis Use, Annual VTE Incidence Low

June 29, 2015

Gastroenterology

Colorectal surgery is often performed for inflammatory disease or malignancy-known risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Although a patient safety priority, comprehensive recommendations for these VTE patients are lacking. Most patients receive perioperative and in-hospital VTE chemoprophylaxis, but extended prophylaxis rates lag.

Sodium Intake in Girls' Teen Years: No Effect on Blood Pressure

June 29, 2015

Cardiology

What's the story with salt? Dietary guidelines for adults – especially those who are older, black, have elevated blood pressures, diabetes or chronic kidney disease – recommend consuming less than 1500 mg daily.

Treating Lipid Levels in Young Adults: Pediatric vs. Adult Guidelines

June 29, 2015

Cardiology

Mark Twain said, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years."

Does CTA before Arteriography for Lower GI Hemorrhage Improve Outcomes?

June 30, 2015

Gastroenterology

Preceding visceral arteriography (VA) with a diagnostic study using computed tomographic angiography (CTA) improved positive localization of the site of lower gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage compared with VA alone, according to a new study published in May in JAMA Surgery.

No Association Found Between Extra Time on MCAT, Medical School Admission

July 07, 2015

Psychiatry

For medical school hopefuls, a JAMA study has found those awarded extra time on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), may not have affected their admissions, but still had lower United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step exam scores and 4-8 year graduation rates.

For Military Members, Deployment Not Associated with Suicide

July 07, 2015

Psychiatry

An analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry found that military personnel who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) did not have elevated suicide risks. However, the researchers reported that separation from the military appeared to affect this outcome.