Top medicine articles for November/December 2012

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

The Smartphone in Medicine: A Review of Current and Potential Use Among Physicians and Students

Shocking News: Intraaortic Balloon Pumps May Not Help in Myocardial Infarction with Cardiogenic Shock

What Your Breath Reveals: Each Patient Has a Unique Breath 'Fingerprint' That Doctors Could Use to Diagnose

Rilonacept for Colchicine-Resistant or -Intolerant Familial Mediterranean Fever

Lowering LDL levels with statin reduces major vascular events regardless of baseline risk

Radical prostatectomy and observation did not differ for mortality in localized prostate cancer

The Mini-Cog had sensitivity similar to the longer 3MS for detecting cognitive impairment or dementia

Risk stratification schemes predict ischemic stroke and bleeding in AF - CHA2DS2-VASc score had 100% sensitivity but only 6% specificty

Deep-Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease - NEJM summary

Update on the management of chronic kidney disease - AFP 2012

Chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and treatment - 2012 update from AFP

Diagnosis and treatment of acne - 2012 AFP update

Why Some Physician Practices Are Wildly Successful - Medscape

"End-run" lawsuits can blindside physicians. Administrative claims against doctors are likely to rise under the Affordable Care Act - amednews

Patients who read doctor notes feel more in control of their health

Older patients join crowd consulting "Dr. Internet"

Doctors follow own advice for healthy living

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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