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Cold & Flu: Age-by-Age Guide: 0 to 6 Months

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This article originally appeared on parenting.com  A cold or the flu will affect a baby more than it will an older child — that’s because babies’ immune systems aren’t used to fighting off infections. But be prepared: babies can get anywhere from 6 to 10...
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New Anticoagulants Prove to be Safe and Effective

In the recent February edition of Cardiology today a large data set (meta-analysis) that incorporated over 70,000 people supported the favorable risk-benefit profile for the new anticoagulants compared to warfarin. There were significant reductions in stroke, intracranial...
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Immunology Breakthrough Has Big Implications

In May, the Wall Street Journal published an article that describes a new breakthrough in the field of immunology. The breakthrough is that antibodies work inside of cells as well as outside of them.  This discovery has huge implications for antiviral treatments and gene therapy...
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Statin Use For The Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

A review of statin use for the prevention of cardiovascular disease shows very positive support for the use of statin medication. My readers know that I am very much in favor of lifestyle changes to lower cardiovascular risk and this is always the preferred first strategy. This...
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Internal Medicine News

This post is part of a segment called ‘What is Doctor Reading?’ where I aggregate interesting articles about medicine and provide a brief commentary.  The following are news pieces from the February 15th issue of Internal Medicine News. Print Edition Headline: FDA...
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What is an Internist?

Speaking to patients as well as personal friends, I have become aware that many people do not understand what an Internal Medicine physician is or does. We are the broadest specialty that diagnoses and manages adult health problems. Surgery is another example of a broad specialty...
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Regulating Dietary Supplements: The DMAA Debate

Last week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a commentary advocating more government regulation of dietary supplements.  Dietary supplements refer to non-vitamin, non-mineral products such as herbals.  The market for these products has steadily risen over the years and,...
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Why PPACA is Bad: Real Solutions for Healthcare Reform

I have considered many elements of the healthcare debate, and have renewed confidence that there are more practical ways to fix the system.  The aim of this piece is to comment on the flaws of the current health care system, prove that these flaws will not be fixed by the Patient...
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