Top medicine articles for July 2012

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

Participation in sport is associated with a 20-40% reduction in all-cause mortality. Exercise is a fifth vital sign!

Renal denervation to treat resistant hypertension: Guarded optimism - CCJM

Dengue: A reemerging concern for travelers. There is no antiviral treatment - CCJM

POLST: An improvement over traditional advance directives - CCJM POLST = Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

Tonsillectomy changes: More children are operated for sleep disordered breathing and fewer for recurrent pharyngitis

Bariatric surgery provides sustained weight loss, major improvements in severely obese individuals with diabetes type 2

Twitter Use at American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meetings: 14-40 doctors generated 29% of meeting dialogue

Tweeting the Meeting: An In-Depth Analysis of Twitter Activity at Kidney Week 2011 - PLoS ONE

Is your cat hosting a human suicide parasite? Toxoplasma gondii in chicagotribune

How safe is your hospital? Consumer Reports magazine rates best (and worst) hospitals

Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals, and Extremists Are Happiest of All - NYTimes

Chronic hyperglycaemia and microvascular disease contribute to cognitive dysfunction, mental and motor slowing in both DM 1 and 2

5-10% of people per year with prediabetes will progress to diabetes (same proportion converts back to normoglycemia)

Suicide is second to only accidental death as the leading cause of mortality in young men across the world. High-lethality methods of suicide are preferred by young men: hanging and firearms in high-income countries, pesticide poisoning in the Indian subcontinent, and charcoal-burning in east Asia. Lancet, 2012,

Ethics of mitochondrial donation discussed in The Lancet

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) was discovered during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, after an outbreak of unexplained hepatitis at a military camp. A pooled faecal extract from affected soldiers was ingested by a member of the research team. He became sick, and the new virus (named HEV), was detected in his stool by electron microscopy. Globally, HEV is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis.

The seventh cholera pandemic began in 1961 and still affects 3-5 million people each year, killing 120 000

Psychiatry's identity crisis - The Lancet

Paralympic medicine - Lancet review - 20 sports at Summer Paralympic Games, 5 at Winter Paralympic Games

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

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