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Upcoming Conferences (September 2013) 

Infectious Disease 

IDWeek: Joint Meeting of IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA, PIDS

 

Physical Medicine & Rehab

2013 American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Meeting 

 

Rheumatology

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2013 Annual Meeting

 

Practice Management

Medical Group Management Association 2013 Annual Conference 

 

Professional Association of Health Care Office Management 25th Annual Conference

 

Anesthesiology

2013 American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting 

 

Surgery 

American College of Surgeons 99th Annual Clinical Congress 

 

Emergency Medicine 

American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly 2013 

 

Otolaryngology

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fall Meeting 2013 

 

Pediatrics

2013 American Academy of Pediatrics Experience National Conference & Exhibition

 

Dentistry

2013 American Dental Association Annual Session

 

 

 

Upcoming Key Medical Conferences: We've Got You Covered

  
  
  
  
  

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Upcoming Conferences

(Late July- August 2013)

Hospitalist 

2013 Society of Critical Care Medicine Study Mission to South Africa

Infectious Disease 

ICAAC 2013: 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy meeting

Emergency Medicine 

2013 Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference 

Pathology

2013 American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting

Pharmacy

2013 American College of Clinical Pharmacology Annual Meeting

Otolaryngology

2013 American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting

 


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Are you killing yourself? Think Before You Indulge...

  
  
  
  
  

Are you killing yourself? Think Before You Indulge...

We’ve all heard it before- just one cigarette can shave 3 minutes off your life. Well, what if this formula could be applied to all of your guilty pleasures? A study published by the British Medical Journal has linked life expectancy to activities such as having a couple of drinks and even watching TV; activities that to most Americans come as second nature. Did the beers you consumed during Sunday’s Super Bowl shorten your lifespan? 

University of Cambridge statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter sought to find a way to communicate the impact of human behavior on our lifespan in a simple and effective formula. In this analysis, Spiegelhalter further expands on the concept of aging slower/ faster, first introduced through the study of cigarettes on life expectancy more than a decade ago. He explicitly expresses the effect of our daily lifestyle habits as half hours of life expectancy or “microlives.” Through the use of population studies he was able to deduce that on average over a lifetime habit of behavior, that smoking two cigarettes or being 10 pounds overweight, or even watching two hours of TV, equates to the loss of a “microlife.” The idea that watching the Ravens win the Super Bowl could have cost you thirty minutes of your life is alarming to most, considering the inherent concern most humans have with their own mortality.

However, Spiegelhalter’s “microlife”  formula isn’t just a penalty system for life’s indulgences. In contrast, Spiegelhalter says, each day of positive behavior such as exercising or sticking to just one alcoholic beverage will help you gain “microlives” at an even faster rate. He cites that this positive behavior can add up to two hours to your life.

But before you start tracking your behavior and counting “microlives” as if they were calories, read Spiegelhalter’s entire explanation of the concept. He explains that this formula for life expectancy is not definitive but based on a number of assumptions, and should be treated as an approximation. The crux of his article supports the old adage, “Everything in moderation.” 

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In Spiegelhalter’s words: "Of course, evaluation studies would be needed to quantify any effect on behavior, but one does not need a study to conclude that people do not generally like the idea of getting older faster."

 

 

 

 

 

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Pros and cons of drug-eluting and bare metal stents

  
  
  
  
  
Based on a meta-analysis conducted by the Drug-Eluting Stent in Primary Angioplasty Cooperation, sirolimus- and paclitaxel-eluting stents (DES) were associated with decreased target vessel revascularization than bare metal stents (BMS) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI (12.7% vs. 20.1%). The analysis involved 11 of 13 randomized trials and included 6298 and 2318 patients who received DES and BMS, respectively.  After a mean follow-up of 1201 days, there was also decreased mortality, reinfarction, and stent thrombosis in the DES recipients.
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Statins increase risk of DM in postmenopausal women

  
  
  
  
  

As published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, postmenopausal women who use statins are at increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus (HR=1.71).  The observational study involved 153,840 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative, 7.04% of whom used statins at baseline. 

Fenofibrate superior to O3FA in treatment of hypertriglyceridemia

  
  
  
  
  

As published in Atherosclerosis, researchers at Gachon University Gil Hospital (Incheon, ROK) have reported that fenofibrate has superior lipoprotein and metabolic effects compared to omega-3 fatty acids (O3FA) in patients with hypertriglyceridemia.  The study involved 50 patients each in 3 arms:  placebo; O3FA (2 g qd x 2 mos); and fenofibrate (160 mg qd x 2 mos).  The patients who received O3FA had a 21% decrease in triglycerides and improved flow-mediated dilation, but no change in insulin or adiponectin levels.  The patients who received fenofibrate had a 29% decrease in tryglycerides, improved flow-mediated dilation, decreased fasting insulin levels, increased adiponectin levels, and improved insulin sensitivty.

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