Medical Journals

Commentary: For the dying, home hospice care offers a ray of hope

SINGAPORE: Before the iconic Steve Jobs of Apple fame died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, he spoke poignantly of his terminal illness: “Remembering …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Marijuana oil reduces seizures from rare form of epilepsy

An oil found in marijuana plants reduces seizures in young people suffering from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy affecting over 3 million …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Is the anti-mammography movement based on bad science?

The debate over breast-cancer screening is turning into an academic feud, leaving millions of women in limbo<p>Between medical research, treating …

Cancer

This 20-Minute Yoga Flow Can Help Relieve Back Pain

Anyone who struggles with back pain knows how distressing it can be.Whether it’s soreness that impedes your sleep or aches that hurt your …

Yoga

This Female Doctor Wrote A Powerful Letter About Sexism In The Workplace

The numbers are increasing at an excruciatingly slow pace, but there are currently twice as many male doctors as female doctors in the United States. (So, needless to say, there's a <i>whole</i> lot of room for improvement.) Suzanne Koven, a physician and writer in residence at Massachusetts General …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Consumers are demanding that In-N-Out stop 'dragging its feet' and make a big change to its beef

From the no-frills menu to the juicy burgers and secret sauce, what's not to love about In-N-Out?<p>Apparently one thing, according to some vocal fans: The company is still using meat from animals that are fed antibiotics.<p>On Thursday, representatives from more than 30 consumer and environmental groups …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Century-old Procedure Treats Infertility by Flushing Fallopian Tubes With Oil

When confronted with a seemingly unexplainable medical condition, the best-case scenario is that it goes away on its own. The second-best-case …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Turns out Weed Helps with Seizures

Source: Herb.co<p>People have used cannabis to treat all sorts of disorders for millennia. Some are based on some pretty bunk science. The kind that …

The New England Journal of Medicine

GlaxoSmithKline's mepolizumab shows benefits in newly-published study

GlaxoSmithKline has announced the publication of clinical trial data that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its IL-5 antagonist therapy …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Congressional report shows how premiums could change under 'Trumpcare'

The anticipated report from the Congressional Budget Office has shed new light on how the Republicans' American Health Care Act could affect premiums …

Health Care

This Dog Sits on Seven Editorial Boards

An associate editor for the <i>Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine</i>, Olivia Doll, lists some very unusual research interests, such as …

Weird

Science’s quality-control system under attack, with push to publish research before it’s peer-reviewed

Print<p>It’s the science world’s quality-control system, a unique and mysterious way to try to ensure journals publish only rigorous research.<p>But the …

Research

Research Roundup: Early Hospital Discharges; Missed Vaccinations; Growth In Spending

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

Health Care

A powerful drug derived from marijuana is on the cusp of federal approval

An experimental drug derived from cannabis to treat epilepsy is on the brink of becoming the first of its kind to win US government approval.<p>The drug's active ingredient is cannabidiol, the compound in marijuana thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic effects. Cannabidiol doesn't …

The New England Journal of Medicine

A California Bill Could Totally Disrupt The Dialysis Industry

And by "total disruption," we mean making sure workers have time to clean the machines between patients.<p>HBO’s John Oliver took on the dialysis industry a couple of weeks ago, highlighting a pair of companies that have a near-monopoly on keeping your kidney functions going.<p>Between them, these two …

The New England Journal of Medicine

The Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America

That our teeth are in our heads seems natural, though the location is something of a liability. The trouble starts with tooth decay, which permits …

Health Care

Cannabis Drug Halved Convulsions in Company-Funded Epilepsy Test - Bloomberg

A cannabis-based drug halved the frequency of convulsive seizures in sufferers of a rare, catastrophic form of epilepsy in a late-stage study funded …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Eating chocolate may be good for your heart (and your relationship)

Chocolate is an even more romantic gift for your spouse — just not for the reason you might think.<p>A new study suggests there’s a link between eating chocolate and a decrease of between 11% and 20% in “artrial fibrillation,” a heart flutter or irregular heart beat that can lead to blood clots, …

Medicine

Summer pregnancy may raise gestational diabetes risk

Researchers have identified a new possible risk factor for gestational diabetes: Being exposed to hot outdoor temperatures in the month before giving birth.<p>According to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), in one geographic region in Canada, the rate of …

Diabetes

Why are doctors prescribing antidepressants for things other than depression?

The drugs we call antidepressants are fast becoming a misnomer. In fact, doctors regularly prescribe off-label uses for unrelated conditions they …

Depression

Navigating uncertainty

Thought leaders, creative types, and scientists may embrace uncertainty as a route to creativity, discovery, and fulfilment. But uncertainty is often …

Medicine

Accelerated Approval and Expensive Drugs — A Challenging Combination — NEJM

For serious or life-threatening disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can approve drugs on the basis of surrogate end points that are …

Pharma

Preliminary: BRCA variations may work alongside COMT variation to reduce breast cancer

GW researchers publish findings in the New England Journal of Medicine of a co-occurrence of COMT and BRCA 1/2 variants in a data set …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Response to 'Choosing Wisely should bring the cost of unnecessary care back into the discussion; Choosing Wisely: a growing international campaign

There are now approximately 20 countries worldwide that have launched or are in the process of launching Choosing Wisely campaigns.As Haverkamp and …

Health Care

Acute Myocardial Infarction — NEJM

This review focuses on the initial presentation and in-hospital management of acute myocardial infarction, including selection of a management …

Medicine

Study Finds More Costly Teaching Hospitals Have Lower Death Rates

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with STAT reporter Andrew Joseph about what hospitals and patients can take away from the findings.

Medicine

It’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide, study suggests

A few decades ago, doctor-assisted suicide was considered a fringe idea despite surveys showing many physicians supported the idea under certain circumstances. The face of euthanasia at that time was Jack Kevorkian, a Michigan pathologist nicknamed “Dr. Death.” By his own admission, he helped 130 …

The New England Journal of Medicine

How to Stop Snoring—Snoring Tips

After a long day, the number one thing you probably want to do is crawl into bed and get a good night’s rest. But if you’re one of the more than 37 …

Sleep

7 ways to cut 500 calories a day for weight loss

Losing weight is hard. Maintaining that weight loss is even harder. The science why one person can lose easily and another cannot is complex and individualized. However, there are some universal factors. Men tend to lose weight easier than women do, thanks to a higher muscle mass. The individual’s …

Weight Loss

Canada wants to legalize marijuana, but it hasn’t even fully legalized alcohol yet

<i>Nick Zarzycki is a Toronto-based comedy writer</i>.<p>As it makes plans to become the first industrialized country to fully legalize pot, Canada is essentially steering blind. But if this country’s long and tortured history with alcohol is any indication, Canadians should expect the worst.<p>To understand …

Cannabis