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A key molecule involved in suppressing the survival and selection of autoreactive B cells that can attack the body's own cells is needed to prevent the development of autoimmunity, according to a study in mice (Misra RS et al. J Exp Med. 2010;207:1775-1789). Researchers from the University of...
By Jonathan Weiner 310 pp, $27.99 New York, NY, Harper Collins Publishers, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-0-0607-6536-1 Death has been the one certainty for every person born since humans first appeared on earth, and ways to avoid death have probably been discussed and debated for almost as long. Even though...
To the Editor: In the study by Dr DesRoches and colleagues,1 about two-thirds of physician respondents agreed that they should report impaired or incompetent colleagues, and two-thirds reported that they were prepared to deal with such colleagues. Of those who stated having personal knowledge of...
To the Editor: The study by Dr DesRoches and colleagues1 addressed important issues related to peer reporting of physician impairment and the self-regulation of the medical profession. The authors presented data supporting the conclusion that the percentage of physicians willing to report...
Cardiovascular events resulting from long-term, high-dosage use of selective cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitors, or coxibs, are linked to a surge in blood levels of a metabolite that is a potent vasoconstrictor and that increases platelet aggregation and clot formation, reported scientists at...
“Why did I cancel my surgery?” Mrs M repeated my question and stared at me through her black horn-rimmed glasses, the half-inch-thick lenses greatly magnifying her intense blue eyes. Along with two medical students and a resident, I was in Mrs M's hospital room, meeting her and her daughter for...
Aging A JAMA THEME ISSUE Edited by Margaret A. Winker, MD, and Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH Treatment of AD and Prognosis of Dementia Treatment of Alzheimer disease (AD) and prediction of 6-month survival among patients with dementia were the focus of 2 investigations reported in this issue....
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