Top articles in medicine in June 2012

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles in medicine in June 2012:

Risky Music-Listening Behavior Associated with Health-Risk Behavior: alcohol, drugs and unsafe sex (study)

Study: Couples get health benefits simply from sleeping in the same bed - WSJ

Love's initial romantic phase lasts anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, experts say, then it ends - WSJ

5 Minute Medicine Video Series by Internal Medicine at McMaster University

Aspiring to Make MDR-TB Nevermore: Delamanid for Multi-drug Resistant Pulmonary Tuberculosis - NEJM

The risks and benefits of social media for cardiologists - theheart dot org interview with @doctorwes

Radiation from 2-3 head CTs in children triple the risk for brain tumors (5-10 CTs triple risk for leukemia) - Source: Radiation exposure from CT scans in childhood and subsequent risk of leukaemia and brain tumours: a retrospective cohort study - The Lancet

Inhibiting Hedgehog Pathway in Basal-Cell Cancer: Vismodegib is effective but 50% stop treatment due to adverse events

Small-molecule inhibitor of the hedgehog pathway Vismodegib showed 58% response rate in advanced basal-cell cancer

Another therapeutic option for Multidrug-Resistant TB: Delamanid nitro-dihydro-imidazooxazole inhibits mycolic acid

Hospital mortality is complex and should be used cautiously in evaluating quality of care. Last 10 years marked by diminishing returns, with growth in costs far outpacing reductions in inpatient mortality

Churchill had a doctor's approval for "medicating with a minimum 250 cc alcohol at meal times" - “This is to certify,” the doctor writes — this in the midst of Prohibition — “that the postaccident convalescence of the Hon. Winston S. Churchill necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times.” The quantity, the doctor continues, is “naturally indefinite,” but the “minimum requirements would be 250 cubic centimeters,” or just over 8 ounces. Archives in NYT

The articles were selected from my Twitter and Google Reader streams. Please feel free to send suggestions for articles to and you will receive acknowledgement in the next edition of this publication.

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