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 http://buff.ly/VbEQJO -- Prediction and prevention of the next pandemic zoonosis http://buff.ly/YzMIek -- More than 60% of human infectious diseases are caused by pathogens shared with wild or domestic animals http://buff.ly/YzMOmn -- A journey of zoonotic discovery http://buff.ly/YzMZxX

Ticks and Turkey - Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) http://buff.ly/YzN5pe

New treatment for head lice effective with one dose and no combing (ivermectin) http://buff.ly/SMb8hG -- Topical 0.5% Ivermectin Lotion for Treatment of Head Lice — NEJM http://buff.ly/SMdOvE -- Topical Ivermectin Lotion for Head Lice - NEJM blog http://buff.ly/SL40PS

Hunting Down Huntingtin - first disease with gene mapped to a chromosome, and yet 30 yrs later, treatments don't exist http://buff.ly/SMdZHb

The Most Important Article in NEJM History - “Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation” http://buff.ly/SMewcj

Sugary drinks linked to higher stroke risk in women - 83% higher risk, according to Reuters http://buff.ly/SPWAO6

Retail clinics may cut into primary care - convenient, but may take a bite out of the traditional Dr-Pt relationship http://buff.ly/SRSrqr

Eating in restaurants tied to higher calorie intake | Reuters http://buff.ly/SPX3zH

Multivitamin Use Does Not Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Men http://buff.ly/SPX6vm

Patients beginning diabetes treatment with sulfonylureas carry 20% greater risk for cardiovascular events vs. metformin http://buff.ly/SRT3fC

With the new PCSK9 inhibitors and statin, "you can get virtually everyone to the cholesterol goal” - NYTimes http://buff.ly/SSB6NO

Dealing With Doctors Who Accept Only Cash - NYTimes http://buff.ly/UYEZQv

Where a baby might be luckiest to be born in 2013? After crunching numbers, Switzerland is comfortably in the top spot http://buff.ly/V0Yat8

Natural family planning - effectiveness of typical use is 76%, according to AFP http://buff.ly/V9mtoS

Diagnosis and management of gonococcal infections - 2012 AFP update http://buff.ly/YvJUyW

Diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism - 2012 AFP update http://buff.ly/V9mzN3

Antibiotic use in acute upper respiratory tract infections. http://buff.ly/YvKixg

'Chemo Brain' Real, Not Just Patient’s Imagination (study) http://buff.ly/V9n6P5

US children (8 months to 8 years) are exposed to nearly 4 hours of background television on a typical day http://buff.ly/V9oxx8

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 http://buff.ly/YBjbRy

Role of the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay in screening new immigrants for tuberculosis infection http://buff.ly/VcF0Rc

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

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