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A University of Michigan Medical School group has reported success in treating a case of life-threatening psoriasis with a combination of methotrexate and the investigational drug etretinate. However, they also report that etretinate results in an increase in serum triglyceride and cholesterol...
Even after years of clinical and laboratory trials, the jury is still out on the health effects of marijuana.
That was the consensus of a panel of experts who reviewed the morass of scientific literature on cannabinoids for the National Academy of Sciences' report Marijuana and Health, released...
Would patients with cancer be better able to cope with the side effects of chemotherapy if they knew more about their drugs, the side effects they cause, and techniques for managing them at home? Marilyn Dodd, RN, PhD, professor of nursing, University of California, San Francisco, thinks so, and...
A scoring system for melanoma may help physicians select which patients should undergo lymphadenectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy or immunotherapy.
The system was outlined at the recent National Clinical Dermatology Conference in Chicago by Darrell Rigel, MD, chief resident in dermatology at New...
Physicians using high doses of oral corticosteroids to treat asthmatic patients should be aware that two of the known side effects of these agents may occur in this group of patients as well: weakening of bones and development of posterior subcapsular cataracts.
In two recent separate studies of...
The advent of steroids that can be sprayed directly into the airways provides a way to reduce the systemic effects of these agents, as lower doses can be used.
Indeed, Anthony R. Rooklin, MD, of Crozier-Chester Medical Center, in Media, Pa, recommends instituting spray therapy for children with...
We are appreciative of Dr Sugar's kind comments about our article. In an attempt to provide an orientation for Doyle's thesis in the context of the present era, as well as his own time, we accepted the descriptions provided in the two references cited, as well as several current...
To the Editor.—
Rodin and Key (1982; 247:646) are to be commended for unearthing the unpublished thesis of Arthur Conan Doyle concerning tabes dorsalis. If, as they say, Doyle's misconceptions of the pathogenesis of tabes are to be faulted, it is because his thesis is based on a review of the...
To the Editor.—
I found the recent article "Truth Telling in Medicine" by Mark Sheldon, PhD (1982;247:651), to be interesting and thought-provoking. There is one aspect of this issue that needs more emphasis than it has received.
One of the most neglected aspects of the physician-patient...
To the Editor.—
I read the article by Peter V. Pickens, MD, and Marc Rosenshein, MD (1981;246:1810). I question their interpretation that the process involving the pericardial space represents infiltration by histiocytosis X cells. Do they have ultrastructural confirmation (which was deleted)...
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