Recently added to MD Consult is Ferri’s Clinical Advisor for 2013. The new edition of the popular title includes 20 new medical disorders, and even more new tables and illustrations. The differential diagnosis section of the book has also been expanded, as have the divisions focusing on lab test and preventive medicine. The appendix features more information on complementary and alternative medicine this time around, as well as updated patient instruction sheets covering a wide variety of conditions. The ‘5 books in 1’ format has been retained for ease of use, and there is once again a distinguished list of editors and contributors.
The June Mayo Clinic Proceedings is new in the Journals in this week; with the Olympics just around the corner, it features a timely commentary in which the authors argue that sex ambiguity in elite athletes is no more ‘advantageous’ than any other handy genetic traits such competitors may have. There is an accompanying video interview as well. The general media latched on to a review published in this issue looking at potential cardiovascular harm from extreme endurance events. While it did seem that long-term, repeated participation in events such as ultramarathons or ironman-distance triathlons and similar events raised cardiac risks, the authors pointed out that more ‘normal’ levels of exercise reduced overall health risks – so keep training for that 10K. Beyond sports, there was also research comparing outcomes for ‘real life’ patients taking statins to those in large randomized trials – and the ‘real’ patients seem to have lower mortality than those in previous studies. The latest Chest is here this week as well, and it covers a variety of pulmonary topics. One article looked at electronic cigarettes and found that the immediate effects were broadly similar to those associated with tobacco smoking. It was noted, however, that the long-term effects are still unknown. A relationship between a lower laryngeal position and obstructive sleep apnea was examined, and another study looked at occupational asthma. Another occupational health article in this issue details the lung diseases developed by workers exposed to indium compounds – a particular issue for those who assemble LCD televisions and similar devices.
New in the Clinics is the July issue of Critical Care Clinics, which focuses on hematologic issues in the ICU, including anemia, transfusion complications, and liver-related coagulation disorders, such as thrombocytopenia. There is also a description of newer anticoagulants that might be usefully prescribed for critically-ill patients. There are also a number of new articles in press: Anesthesiology Clinics will soon be featuring articles on regional anesthesia for pediatric pain management, and also a description of paravertebral blocks as an alternative to postoperative epidurals.
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