Archives Aug 2015       (read of the week archive before 2011-2014)                    (archive 2009-2011)



July 25, 2015  Variation in Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Infections in the Veteran Population: A Cross-sectional Study  Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(2):73-80 Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Antibiotic Use Among Adult Consumers, Adult Hispanic Consumers, and Health Care Providers — United States, 2012–2013 MMWR July 24, 2015 / 64(28); 767-770

Aug 4th, 2015 Use of Interpreters by Physicians for Hospitalized Limited English Proficient Patients and Its Impact on Patient Outcomes Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 783-789

Aug 11th, 2015 Community-Acquired Pneumonia Requiring Hospitalization among U.S. Adults N Engl J Med 2015; 373:415-427 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Who Saved U.S. Babies From Thalidomide, Dies at 101 From  AUG. 7, 2015

Aug 26, 2015 Screening for Occult Cancer in Unprovoked Venous Thromboembolism N Engl J Med 2015;373:697-704

Sept 3rd, 2015 Perioperative Bridging Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation N Engl J Med 2015; 373:823-833

Sept 16, 2015 Clinical Features and Outcomes of Takotsubo (Stress) Cardiomyopathy N Engl J Med 2015; 373:929-93

9/23 2015 Wisdom in Medicine: What Helps Physicians After a Medical Error? Acad Med First published online doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000886

Sep 29, 2015 The Asthma–COPD Overlap Syndrome N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1241-1249

October 7th, 2015 Reducing Diagnostic Errors — Why Now?

 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1508044 and  Improving Diagnosis in Health Care: Highlights of a Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ann Intern Med. Published online 29 September 2015  

October 20, 2015 Insomnia Disorder N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1437-1444

October 27th, 2015 Naproxen With Cyclobenzaprine, Oxycodone/Acetaminophen, or Placebo for Treating Acute Low Back Pain JAMA. 2015;314(15):1572-1580.

November 3rd, 2015 The Future of Public Health N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1748-1754                                           

November 11th, 2015  From Dr. Shimbo Role of Ambulatory and Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Narrative Review Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(9):691-700  Also recommended by Brian Block Annals Graphic Medicine - The Daily Grind: A Day in the Life of Someone Living With Diabetes

November 11th, 2015  From Dr. Shimbo Role of Ambulatory and Home Blood Pressure Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Narrative Review Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(9):691-700  Also recommended by Brian Block Annals Graphic Medicine - The Daily Grind: A Day in the Life of Someone Living With Diabetes

Nov 28, 2015 A Randomized Trial of Intensive versus Standard Blood-Pressure Control November 9, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1511939

Dec 9, 2015 On-Demand Preexposure Prophylaxis in Men at High Risk for HIV-1 Infection N Engl J Med 2015; 373:2237-2246

Jan 5th, 2015 Thyroid Nodules N Engl J Med 2015; 373:2347-2356

Jan 15, 2015 Vaccine Hesitancy Mayo Clin Proc. n November 2015;90(11):1562-156

January 19th, 2015 USPSTF new mammography recs and review of the evidence Screening for Breast Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement Ann Intern Med. doi:10.7326/M15-2886

Jan 26, 2015 Managing Osteoporosis in Patients on Long-Term Bisphosphonate Treatment: Report of a Task Force of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2016, pp 16–35

February 1, 2016 Mary Bassett: trailblazer for health in New York City and   Transforming health in New York City The Lancet Volume 387, Issue 10016, January 2016

February 11, 2015 A Prediction Rule for Risk Stratification of Incidentally Discovered Gallstones: Results From a Large Cohort Study Gastroenterology 2016, Jan; 150:156

February 12, 2016 on gallstones and diverticulitis A Prediction Rule for Risk Stratification of Incidentally Discovered Gallstones: Results From a Large Cohort Study Gastroenterology 2016, Jan; 150:156 and The Impact of Elective Colon Resection on Rates of Emergency Surgery for Diverticulitis Annals of Surgery Volume 263, Number 1, January 2016

February 23, 2016 Effects of Nicotine Patch vs Varenicline vs Combination Nicotine Replacement Therapy on Smoking Cessation at 26 Weeks JAMA. 2016;315(4):371-379   and The Doctor’s New Dilemma N Engl J Med 2016; 374:608-609

March 7, 2016 Trimethoprim–Sulfamethoxazole versus Placebo for Uncomplicated Skin Abscess N Engl J Med 2016; 374:823-83 and Skin Abscess N Engl J Med 2016; 374:882-884

March 15, 2016 Polypharmacy in the Aging PatientA Review of Glycemic Control in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes JAMA. 2016;315(10):1034-1045

March 22, 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain— United States, 2016 JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1464 Published online March 15, 2016

March 28, 2016 Randomized Trial of Stent versus Surgery for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1011-1020 andEndarterectomy

, Stenting, or Neither for Asymptomatic Carotid-Artery Stenosis

 NEngl J Med 2016; 374:1087-1088

April 5th, 2016 Oral Prednisolone in the Treatment of Acute Gout: A Pragmatic, Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized Trial ann Intern Med. 2016;164(7):464-471

April 13, 2016 Substance Use Disorders Ann Intern Med. 2016 and When Is It Ethical to Withhold Prevention? N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1303-1306

April 28, 2016 Nonfasting for Routine Lipid Testing JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 27, 2016. doi:10.1001

May 10, 2016 Clinical Significance of Symptoms in Smokers with Preserved Pulmonary Function N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1811-182

week of  June 5, 2016 Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes: Synopsis of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(8):542-552

June 22, 2016 Two-Year Costs and Quality in the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative N Engl J Med 2016; 374:2345-235 and editorial Transforming Primary Care — We Get What We Pay For N Engl J Med 2016; 374:2390-2392

July 1st, 2016 Intensive vs Standard Blood Pressure Control and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Adults Aged ≥75 Years JAMA. 2016;315(24):2673-2682 SPRINT Results in Older Patients How Low to Go? JAMA. 2016;315(24):2669-2670

July 15, 2016  Gout Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(1)

July 21st Medical Considerations before International Travel N Engl J Med 2016; 375:247-260  and in case this sounds familiar from the NYTs Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Health Care for Disabled Patients

August 1st 2016 Just a Regular Doctor from NYT Dr. Danielle Ofri Should We Offer Medication to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?: Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(3):194-204  and from Dr. Ofri

August 9st 2016   Screening for Dyslipidemia in Younger Adults: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Ann Intern Med. Published online 9 August 2016 

Aug 18th, 2016 Indacaterol–Glycopyrronium versus Salmeterol–Fluticasone for COPD N Engl J Med 2016; 374:2222-2234

August 26, 2016  The Relationship of Parathyroidectomy and Bisphosphonates With Fracture Risk in Primary Hyperparathyroidism: An Observational Study Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(11):715-723

Sept 7, 2016 CPAP for Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Obstructive Sleep Apnea This article was published on August 28, 2016, at

September 16, 2016 an AIM specialty Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients — An Urgent Priority N Engl J Med 2016; 375:909-911

  September 23, 2016 Clinical Examination of the Shoulder N Engl J Med 2016; 375:e24

October 3rd, 2016 Vital Signs: Disparities in Antihypertensive Medication Nonadherence Among Medicare Part D Beneficiaries — United States, 2014 MMWR Weekly / September 16, 2016 / 65(36);967-976

October 11, 2016 Transparent Electronic Health Records and Lagging Laws Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(3):219-220. doi:10.7326/M15-2827

Week of October 26, 2016 Chronic Cough N Engl J Med 2016; 375:1544-1551

November 1st, 2016 A Randomized Trial of Long-Term Oxygen for COPD with Moderate Desaturation N Engl J Med 2016; 375:1617-1627

November 17, 2016 heard her speak at AAMC Dr. Camara Jones: Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Conversation on Racism

December 7th, 2016 Appropriate Use of Therapeutic Interventions to Foster High-Value Care  Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(11):831-832

12/28 Preoperative Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery annals of internal medicine  2016;165(11):ITC81-ITC96

Jan 20, 2017 Annals Consult Guys – Measuring Lipids: To Fast or Not to Fast  Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(2):CG1

Feb 8th 2017  an inspirational piece on continuity of care and chronic disease management from the Atul Gawande (thanks Dr. Kronish) 

February 26th, 2017 Oral Pharmacologic Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Practice Guideline Update From the American College of Physicians  Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(4):279-290

March 9th, 2017 Getting Real about Health Care Costs — A Broader Approach to Cost Stewardship in Medical Education N Engl J Med 2017; 

April 7, 2017  And How Long Will You Be Staying, Doctor? N Engl J Med 2017; 376:1307-1309 by Dr. Heather Kovich, a highly rated clinician-educator, for P&S primary care clerkship students at IHS Shiprock, New Mexico  (audio interview)

April 30, 2017 Opioid-Prescribing Patterns of Emergency Physicians and Risk of Long-Term Use N Engl J Med 2017; 376:663-673

May 12, 2017 Antibiotic Prescribing for Nonbacterial Acute Upper Respiratory Infections in Elderly Persons [Epub ahead of print 9 May 2017] Annals of Int Med doi: 10.7326/M16-1131

May 24 2017 Association Between Teaching Status and Mortality in US Hospitals JAMA. 2017;317(20):2105-2113 and also see Dr. Jha’s blog w discussion of the project 

June 4th, 2017 Thyroid Hormone Therapy for Older Adults with Subclinical Hypothyroidism This article was published on April 3, 2017, at

June 14, 2017 Glucose Self-monitoring in Non–Insulin-Treated Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care Settings JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 10, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1233

June 27, 2017 A Placebo-Controlled Trial of Antibiotics for Smaller Skin Abscesses Engl J Med 2017; 376:2545-2555

July 7th, 2017 Canagliflozin and Cardiovascular and Renal Events in Type 2 Diabetes This article was published on June 12, 2017

July 19, 2017 Drivers of poor medical care Saini, Vikas et al.  The Lancet , Volume 390 , Issue 10090 , 178 – 190

August 2nd. 2017 Should This Patient Have Weight Loss Surgery?: Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(11):808-817

August 9nd. 2017 Emerging from EHR Purgatory — Moving from Process to Outcomes Allan H. Goroll, M.D. N Engl J Med 2017; 376:2004-200

August 29th, 2017 Trial of Pregabalin for Acute and Chronic Sciatica N Engl J Med 2017; 376:1111-1120  and Gabapentin and Pregabalin for Pain — Is Increased Prescribing a Cause for Concern? N Engl J Med 2017; 377:411-414

Sep 13, 2017 Should This Patient Receive an Antidepressant?: Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(3):192-199

Sep 22, 2017  Thrombophilia Testing and Venous Thrombosis N Engl J Med 2017; 377:1177-1187

Sep 29, 2017 A Tale of Two Doctors — Structural Inequalities and the Culture of Medicine n engl j med 376;24

October 11th, Income and Cancer Overdiagnosis — When Too Much Care Is Harmful N Engl J Med 2017; 376:2208-2209

  2017 Diagnostic Reasoning: An Endangered Competency in Internal Medicine Training   Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(7):507-508.

November 21, 2017   ACC/AHACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCNA Guideline for Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of Blood Pressure in Adults

November 21st 2017 The Iatrogenic Potential of the Physician’s Words JAMA. Published online October 31, 2017. doi:10.1001

December 8th, 2017 Factors Associated With Increases in US Health Care Spending, 1996-2013 JAMA. 2017;318(17):1668-1678. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15927  and Editorial JAMA. 2017;318(17):1657

December 15th, 2017 Medicine's future? In an ambitious experiment, a rural U.S. health system is trying to integrate genomic screening into routine care    Science  27 Oct 2017:

December 25th, 2017 from the BMJ Christmas issue Does pride really come before a fall? Longitudinal analysis of older English adults BMJ 2017;359:j5451

Vol. 358, Issue 6362, pp. 436-440
Know-do-itis and no-do encephalopathy BMJ 2017;359:j5749

Jan 10th 2018  Hearing Loss in Adults N Engl J Med 2017; 377:2465-2473

of Jan 5th, 2018 Safety of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Cardiac Devices N Engl J Med 2017; 377:2555-2564

Jan 19th 2018  The Less-Is-More Crusade — Are We Overmedicalizing or Oversimplifying? N Engl J Med 2017; 377:2392-2397

of February 22, 2018 from Dr. Kronish The Psychology of Clinical Decision Making — Implications for Medication Use N Engl J Med 2018; 378:689-691

Feb 8, 2018 Long-Term Follow-up of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance  N Engl J Med 2018; 378:241-249an 

of March 2nd, 2018 Aspirin or Rivaroxaban for VTE Prophylaxis after Hip or Knee Arthroplasty N Engl J Med 2018; 378:699-707

March 15nd, 2018 from Dr. Pablos-Mendez A New World Health Era-

March 28, 2018  Community-Acquired Pneumonia Visualized on CT Scans but Not Chest Radiographs: Pathogens, Severity, and Clinical Outcomes with related podcast and editorial

 April 30th, 2018 Value of Patient-Directed Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan with a Diagnosis of Migraine  Relationship between Clinic and Ambulatory Blood-Pressure Measurements and Mortality N Engl J Med 2018; 378:1509-1520