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—Dr Cohen et al1 state that "people who participate in more types of social relationships have less susceptibility to rhinovirus-induced colds." While this may be true, their explanation may be incorrect. The probability of developing a cold in an...
RAPID ADVANCES, such as those related to the Human Genome Project, have dramatically increased the number of available molecular genetic tests, and this number will only increase with future genetics research. Until recently, most such tests have been for rare monogenic conditions. Many...
The family history has long been an intrinsic part of the evaluation of a new patient. While family history is often synonymous these days with genetic history, its origins may date to a time when communicable diseases were much more common, hence the persistent admonition to medical...
GENITAL CHLAMYDIAL infection is the most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States,1 and the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis genital infections in sexually active adolescents is 5%-15%, regardless of socioeconomic status.2-4 Although chlamydial infections frequently...
—We agree with Dr Lyman that it may not be possible for many of her patients to succeed with combination antiretroviral regimens. We also agree that having limited goals is important and that modifying the delivery system to provide usable services like...
Centuries of clinical experience show that placebos benefit a wide range of afflictions. And research over the past few decades has identified some of the mechanisms behind the placebo effect. But the health care community has yet to embrace and harness this important part of healing....
—Dr Park's comments regarding "surgically scrubbed skin" implies properly cleansed skin before a procedure is performed. Skin cannot be "sterilized," whether the procedure is done in an operating room setting or in an outpatient office setting. We hope that...
Imagine a physician discussing the results of a blood test with a patient that show the risk for colon cancer to be increased 4-fold and the risk for diabetes as twice normal. After discussing the meaning of the tests, the physician, the patient, and the nurse design a preventive...
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