Top medicine articles for December 2012

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

How doctors on social media are changing the face of medicine - Twitter takes the debate worldwide

"The Family Doctor, Minus the M.D." - NYTimes keeps pushing the idea of "The Nurse as Family Doctor"

Air travel and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a new algorithm for pre-flight evaluation

Long-term natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Among patients with CAD, CHF or HTN, continuing selective beta blockers during COPD hospitalisation appears to be safe

Hepatitis—Do you “C” it? Many infected adults do not know they have HCV

Do Mentors Know Who They Are Mentoring? Columbia University Medical Center reviews the evidence

Discovery of “vitamin” D began with childhood rickets. Nonskeletal effects of this hormone are now recognized

The prevalence of eating breakfast daily was low in boys (47%) and girls (45%). Skipping meals, mainly breakfast, is associated with worse glucose and lipid levels in obese children and adolescents.

Prevalence of erectile dysfunction in U.S. is 34%, 47% in Middle East. Risk factors: diabetes mellitus, HTN, CAD, obesity, stress, depression

Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors use for ED in U.S.: 16% of men buy PDEi over the Internet (68% without prescription)

The Cost of Living Longer: The average rent at assisted-living facilities in U.S. is now $3,486 per month. The price of a private room at a nursing home is now $248 a day

Certain phrases in Latin carry both historic and modern significance. Top 10 Latin phrases for hospitalists:

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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