May 2014

Project ECHO Expands Reach of Hepatitis C Treatment in Underserved Rural Areas

May 15, 2014

Infectious Disease

A project to expand hepatitis C treatment by equipping primary care doctors with telemedicine tools more than doubled the proportion of patients expected to receive treatment in Arizona and Utah, according to a recently released government report.

Glucosamine Supplement Fails to Slow Joint Deterioration in Chronic Knee Pain Trial

May 29, 2014


Although it is believed to help counteract joint and cartilage deterioration in osteoarthritis (OA), glucosamine supplementation is no more effective than placebo in preventing knee degeneration in patients with chronic knee pain.

Why Vitamins and Supplements Remain Popular Despite Botched Health Claims

May 08, 2014

Editor's Letter

Patients find it very attractive to self-select a variety of vitamins and supplements that promise to improve their immune system and combat obesity without any dangers or dependence on healthcare professionals, but these claims are just not true.

Calcium Plus Vitamin D Supplementation Does Not Prevent Hip Fracture in Postmenopausal Women

May 22, 2014


Although the primary outcomes of the US National Institutes of Health Women's Health Initiative trial suggested daily calcium plus vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced hip fracture in postmenopausal women, a follow-up investigation found no difference in hip fracture incidence between the study's supplement and placebo groups nearly 5 years after the intervention phase ended.

In Unruptured Brain Arteriovenous Malformations, Conservative Management Outshines Interventional Treatment

May 09, 2014


Among patients aged 16 years or older with unruptured brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), conservative management produces better clinical outcomes than any endovascular embolization, neurosurgical excision, or stereotactic radiosurgery.

Measles Cases Continue to Crop Up in the US

May 13, 2014

Infectious Disease

Although measles were reportedly eradicated from the United States in 2000, cases of the highly contagious respiratory illness continue to be imported into the country and transmitted locally within it.

Macrolide Antibiotics Frequently Prescribed for Inappropriate Indications

May 26, 2014

Infectious Disease

In an effort to identify when and where to target interventions for reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and related bacterial resistance, a new study has described the trends and seasonal variations in antibiotic prescription rates throughout primary care settings.

Continuing Controversy Over the Value of Routine Mammography Screening

May 27, 2014


To screen or not to screen for breast cancer with mammograms: that is the question faced by thousands of physicians confronting a disease that accounts for more than 230,000 cases and 40,000 deaths each year in the United States.