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The Heart of the Matter

• January 25th, 2011

In January of 1812, the first ever published article in the New England Journal of Medicine (then known as New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery and the Collateral Branches of Science) was Dr. John Warren’s “Remarks on Angina Pectoris.”  In this essay, Dr. Warren carefully speculated on the possible correlation between chest pain, its… Read More…

Looking Back into the Future

• December 15th, 2010

Since 2008, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded recommendations for the target population of flu vaccination in the United States. Previously, routine flu vaccination was not recommended for healthy non-pregnant adults 18-49 years of age who were without occupational or contact risks for influenza. During the emergence of the H1N1 pandemic flu… Read More…

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

• October 18th, 2010

Years ago in medical school during the Infectious Diseases course, I would sit for hours memorizing the different HIV antiretroviral medications and combinations. This included memorizing the variation of treatments appropriate for pregnant women, for in the US it was still estimated that annually, 100-200 infants were infected with HIV perinatally – during pregnancy, labor… Read More…

Is Less Really More? Neuromuscular blockers in Early Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

• September 15th, 2010

In March of 2010, during an overnight shift in the medical intensive care unit, I was paged to rush to the bedside of a patient being wheeled in with rapidly worsening hypoxemic respiratory failure. The patient was quickly intubated, yet still difficult to oxygenate. The X-ray showed bilateral, patchy infiltrates. Once it was determined these… Read More…