Top medicine articles for December 2012-January 2013

Here are my suggestions for some of the top articles in medicine for December 2012-January 2013:

Among former Olympic athletes, engagement in disciplines with high intensity exercise did not bring a survival benefit

Non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (Z drugs - eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem) are effective for treatment of adult insomnia

Bringing surgical history to life | BMJ -- Things change fast in surgery. Within a single generation, ways of operating that had been stable for decades have been overturned. New drugs have revolutionized what were once “surgical” conditions, and minimally invasive procedures have driven many “open” operations to the verge of extinction.

Dabigatran Shouldn't Be Used in Patients with Mechanical Heart Valves

Confront medical errors - The University of Michigan Health System pioneered the three principle approach of “disclose, apologize, offer” more than a decade ago.

One Question That Changed the Cleveland Clinic Organization:
"How do you teach empathy?" CEO explains:

Too Young to Have a Heart Attack, at 48 - NYTimes

The Perils of Yoga for Men - torn muscles, damaged ligaments, dislocated joints, broken bones

Doctor Sued for Following a 'Do Not Resuscitate Order (found not liable by the jury)

Consequence of prescription-pain-pill epidemic: babies born dependent on drugs such as oxycodone

50% of new experimental treatments prove to be better than established treatments, but few are much better

Exercise Minutes Per Week as a Vital Sign?

Asleep at the Wheel: 'Drowsy Driving' affects 4% of survey responders

Some U.S. Few Medical Schools Now Offering 3-Year Degrees

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

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