NEJM Facebook page hit a million likes. Animated cartoon Editor-in-Chief thanks you (video)

The NEJM Facebook page hit a million likes. Animated cartoon Editor-in-Chief thanks you: http://buff.ly/1k5jxbW




During the NEJM Horizons Conference to Push Boundaries of Traditional Medical Publishing in 2008, I advised the Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Drazen, and the NEJM staff to consider adding videos with the lead authors and editors:

- Add video summaries by the authors (and possibly the editors) to each research article.
- Add a video summary by the editor on the front page - 5 minute long, make it available on YouTube.
- Add embeddable audio/images/video

Over the years, they started using more video, but with a NEJM twist. The Editor-in-Chief presents the main findings of the study as an animated character - see an example: Nut Consumption and Mortality:



References:

CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog: NEJM Horizons Conference to Push Boundaries of Traditional Medical Publishing, Day 3 http://buff.ly/1mGkxa9

Top medicine articles for April 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

A Big Bet on Gluten-Free: 11% of households reporting purchases of gluten-free foods in 2013 (doubled in 3 yrs). 30% of the public says it would like to cut back on the amount of gluten it’s eating. "There is a growing population of people who have somehow heard that gluten-free is healthier or think of it as fashionable, and when they remove gluten from their diet, they’re inadvertently taking out a lot of processed foods and are really feeling the benefits of eating healthier foods.” http://buff.ly/1mt9phm

New nomenclature and classifications are proposed (see the figures below).



Negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years http://buff.ly/Nafsar

Learning to Cut the Sugar - NYTimes.com: The bottom line is every country has its cuisine, and every cuisine works for that country. But there’s one thing that doesn’t work for any country: processed food. And any country that adopts processed food, which is now everywhere, is getting sick. However much sugar is in a piece of fruit, there’s an equal amount of fiber to offset it. One exception: grapes. You can take any cookie or cake recipe, and reduce the amount of sugar by one third, and it actually tastes better http://buff.ly/1mtbkCm

Itching was long overshadowed by pain in both research and treatment. It was even considered just a mild form of pain. But millions of people suffer from itching, and times have changed. “Itch is now where pain was probably 20 years ago. The science has to lead to treatment." Chronic itching becomes more common with age. One reason is that older people often develop dry skin. Itching also might occur because certain nerves in the skin deteriorate — nerves that transmit pain and inhibit itching. “Then itch kind of pops out”. Various remedies may help: numbing patches, sometimes along with the hot-pepper ingredient capsaicin; Botox injections; pills like gabapentin that affect nerve transmission; and physical therapy to change posture. Often, it is possible to find something that helps. http://buff.ly/1mtlh2Q

"The Fat Drug" - antibiotics, widely used in raising animals, may cause weight gain in humans who eat meat http://buff.ly/1h5tnaE

ACP Virtual Patients - Annals of Internal Medicine launches interactive CME- and MOC-accredited med education site http://buff.ly/1l26B9x

Outbursts of anger increase risk for irregular heart rhythm, stroke and heart attack http://buff.ly/1l3uiOF and http://buff.ly/1l3unlv

Medical conspiracies believed by almost 50% of people | Reuters and JAMA http://buff.ly/1l3vmCb

Unease grows among U.S. doctors over Indian drug quality | Reuters http://buff.ly/1gPaG9T - Here's why: http://buff.ly/1l3w6aD

Most Flu Is Asymptomatic - Influenza is asymptomatic in most (70%) people with serologically confirmed infection http://buff.ly/1l3wiXa

New Drug Approved for Orthostatic Hypotension - Droxidopa capsules (Northera) http://buff.ly/1gPbgEC

The articles were selected from Twitter and my RSS subscriptions. Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to clinicalcases AT gmail.com and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

Protein Bars: What's In It?

Protein Bars | What's In It | The New York Times. Protein bars offer convenience, but they can also contain as much sugar as a candy bar and the calorie count of an entire meal.

Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1nqbEQv

Sarcoidosis - 2014 Lancet review

Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease of unknown cause that is characterised by the formation of immune granulomas in various organs, mainly the lungs and the lymphatic system.

Sarcoidosis might be the result of an exaggerated granulomatous reaction after exposure to unidentified antigens in individuals who are genetically susceptible.

Diagnosis is made by symptoms, PFTs, CXR, CT, endobronchial ultrasound and PET for assessment of inflammatory activity.

Recognition of unexplained persistent disabling symptoms, fatigue, small-fibre neurological impairment, cognitive failure, and changes to health state and quality of life, has improved.

Mortality in patients with sarcoidosis is higher than that of the general population, mainly due to pulmonary fibrosis.

References:

Sarcoidosis - The Lancet http://bit.ly/1eh9I5S
Image source: Lungs, Wikipedia, public domain.

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Top medicine articles for April 2014

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:

Noninfluenza Vaccination Rates Among U.S. Adults Remain Low - only 16% for Tdap in 2012 http://buff.ly/NcduqD

Adult Tonsillectomy Shown to Be Safe: 30-day mortality rate was low, at 0.03%. 1.2% had complications http://buff.ly/1c96hwI

Parabens in Our Lotions and Shampoos - they are in 15,000 personal care products - and mimic estrogen http://buff.ly/Ncer2n

Counter-intuitive Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean - NPR reviews the evidence http://buff.ly/1aUOgax

Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections - they inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue http://buff.ly/1ntVlPU

Having 3 items (TV, computer, car) increases risk of obesity and diabetes 3-4 fold in developing nations http://buff.ly/1aUPSRG

Prognosis of Adolescent Mental Disorders (anxiety, depression) - 40-50% continued to have problems as adults. From ages 21–29, 52% of women and 31% of men met diagnostic criteria at least once for anxiety or depression http://buff.ly/1ntWxmc

12% of U.S. spice imports are contaminated with insect/rodent parts, 7% contain salmonella http://buff.ly/N0HXr7

Drugs Made in India Set Off FDA Safety Worries: antibiotic and chemotherapy tablets had no active ingredients - NYTimes. India’s pharmaceutical industry supplies 40% of over-the-counter and generic prescription drugs consumed in U.S. The World Health Organization estimated that one in five drugs made in India are fakes http://buff.ly/N0ImcY

The French way of cancer treatment | Reuters http://buff.ly/N0K9Pe

Genotype-guided personalization may improve cost-effectiveness of prasugrel and ticagrelor for ACS http://buff.ly/NacAdE

Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana - NYTimes http://buff.ly/NadpmF -- If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving, the police officer is likely to ask you to complete three tasks: Follow a pen with your eyes while the officer moves it back and forth; get out of the car and walk nine steps, heel to toe, turn on one foot and go back; and stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Score well on all three of these Olympic events, and there’s a very good chance that you are not drunk. This so-called standard field sobriety test has been shown to catch 88 percent of drivers under the influence of alcohol. But it is nowhere near as good at spotting a stoned driver.

How to read articles about health. Most important rule to remember: don’t automatically believe the headline http://buff.ly/1bFpAni

The articles were selected from Twitter and my RSS subscriptions. Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to clinicalcases AT gmail.com and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.
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