May 2015

Cancer-Killing Virus Looks Promising

May 29, 2015

Editor's Letter

In March, the television news show 60 Minutes devoted a segment to a clinical trial using polio virus to treat glioblastoma multiforme. The segment called "Killing Cancer" did a good job of illustrating the potential power of this new treatment as well as the problems associated with glioblastoma multiforme which typically kills patients in a matter of months.

Does Interrupting Warfarin Therapy Increase the Bleeding Risk?

May 31, 2015

Pain Management

Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) may require a break from warfarin sodium therapy in order to undergo surgery or other procedures, however, a new study addressed if doing so presents too high of a risk.

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers on a Steady Rise

June 02, 2015

Dermatology

A study published online in JAMA Dermatology identified an increase in non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) incidents in the US as well as equal basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) occurrences among Medicare recipients.

Increased Risk of Fractures Associated with Subclinical Thyroid Dysfunction

June 05, 2015

Endocrinology

Overt hyperthyroidism is a known risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures. More subtle alterations in thyroid function, such as those that occur in subclinical thyroid dysfunction, may also be associated with increased fracture risk and bone loss, but until recently no clinical trials have adequately explored that issue.

Overuse of Antibiotics in Primary Health Care: Patient Education Crucial, Too

June 05, 2015

Pain Management

A recent Chinese study of antibiotic use in primary care settings found that up to 93% of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) were treated with antibiotics, with more than 60% reported as inappropriate.

The Diabetes Pandemic Requires Global Policy Solutions

June 05, 2015

Endocrinology

The global pandemic of diabetes poses a huge public health challenge to every nation. In 2014 more than 380 million people around the world were living with diabetes-8.3% of the adult population. That number is expected to increase to 592 million by 2035.

NSEPs are an Asset to Communities in Reducing HIV Spread

June 09, 2015

Infectious Disease

Needle and syringe exchange programs are valuable to communities looking to reduce the spread of injection related HIV and should be rebuilt around the country, according to an editorial published in JAMA.