December 24, 2015 /

This Christmas marks the release of a likely Academy Award contender highlighting the medical research community’s exposing of the brutal damage done to the brains of former professional football players. In addition to being a well-reviewed film, Concussion, starring Will …
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October 14, 2015 /

American actress and singer Selena Gomez revealed last week in a Billboard interview that she has been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), a rheumatological condition commonly tested on the USMLE Steps, Medicine Shelf, and ABIM Board Exam. She apparently …
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September 18, 2015 /

An internal medicine topic seen on the USMLE, ABIM boards and in the clinic–Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome–appeared in a Pickles comic strip series last week. In the strip, even though Grandpa is wrong about what TMJ stands for, he is …
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July 2, 2015 /

Earlier this week, New York Times readers found a picture of a menacing barracuda (shown above; credit: Science Source) in the Health section. Nope, it wasn’t regarding the shark-like attacks on swimmers this time of year. Instead, the article was …
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June 4, 2015 /

In medical school, the three multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome types hardly take up a couple of Powerpoint slides during your endocrinology course. During Internal Medicine residency, you may see one case during your three years…if you are lucky. Even …
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February 19, 2015 /

Not just budding journalists; writer’s life offers lessons to medical students and residents too A rumble spread through the media world last Thursday when, just hours after moderating a panel for The New York Times, the veteran journalist David Carr …
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February 4, 2015 /

It’s not every day you get an email from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) with the subject line: “We got it wrong. We’re sorry.” Yet, that’s precisely the email heading that greeted thousands of ABIM diplomats in their …
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December 8, 2014 /

It wasn’t a Streptococcal infection; it wasn’t allergies; it wasn’t pollutant irritants. Nope, the cause of the President Barack Obama’s persistent sore throat was gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).   On Saturday, December 6, Obama underwent a laryngoscopic procedure to work …
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November 13, 2014 /

The American College of Physicians (ACP) hosted its 2014 Internal Medicine annual meeting in Orlando, Florida this past April. Dr Geraldine E. Menard, an associate professor of the Department of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, presented high-yield General …
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October 20, 2014 /

If most of your clinic duties are in primary care, you may only rarely encounter alcohol poisoning. However, this topic is a favorite of the boards in the Nephrology section and one that does certainly arise in emergency departments and …
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