Top medicine articles for December 2012

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

50- 75% of human pathogens, including the modern day scourges malaria and HIV, are zoonotic in origin -- Prediction and prevention of the next pandemic zoonosis -- More than 60% of human infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals -- A journey of zoonotic discovery

Ticks and Turkey - Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF)

New treatment for head lice effective with one dose and no combing (ivermectin) -- Topical 0.5% Ivermectin Lotion for Treatment of Head Lice — NEJM -- Topical Ivermectin Lotion for Head Lice - NEJM blog

Hunting Down Huntingtin - first disease with gene mapped to a chromosome, and yet 30 yrs later, treatments don't exist

The Most Important Article in NEJM History - “Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation”

Sugary drinks linked to higher stroke risk in women - 83% higher risk, according to Reuters

Retail clinics may cut into primary care - convenient, but may take a bite out of the traditional Dr-Pt relationship

Eating in restaurants tied to higher calorie intake | Reuters

Multivitamin Use Does Not Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Men

Patients beginning diabetes treatment with sulfonylureas carry 20% greater risk for cardiovascular events vs. metformin

With the new PCSK9 inhibitors and statin, "you can get virtually everyone to the cholesterol goal” - NYTimes

Dealing With Doctors Who Accept Only Cash - NYTimes

Where a baby might be luckiest to be born in 2013? After crunching numbers, Switzerland is comfortably in the top spot

Natural family planning - effectiveness of typical use is 76%, according to AFP

Diagnosis and management of gonococcal infections - 2012 AFP update

Diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism - 2012 AFP update

Antibiotic use in acute upper respiratory tract infections.

'Chemo Brain' Real, Not Just Patient’s Imagination (study)

US children (8 months to 8 years) are exposed to nearly 4 hours of background television on a typical day

Doctors describe growing pressure to meet the financial goals of their new hospital employers by performing unnecessary tests and procedures. Today, 39% of doctors nationwide are independent, down from 57% in 2000

Role of the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay in screening new immigrants for tuberculosis infection

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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