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Adefovir as Add-on When Antiretroviral Therapy Fails
Adefovir dipivoxil is an antiretroviral drug in a new drug class, nucleotide
analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors. In this study of patients infected
with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who had plasma HIV RNA levels greater
than 2500 copies/mL despite at least 8 weeks of antiretroviral therapy, Kahn
and colleagues found that in the group that received added adefovir (120 mg/d),
plasma HIV RNA levels after 24 weeks had decreased significantly from baseline,
but were unchanged in the placebo group. CD4+ cell counts did not
change from baseline in either group. Several adverse effects were associated
with adefovir, including delayed onset of mild nephrotoxicity. In an editorial,
Mellors comments on the recent recommendation by an advisory committee of
the US Food and Drug Administration not to approve adefovir for patients infected
with HIV who are failing antiretroviral therapy.
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How Informed Are Informed Medical Decisions?
In this audiotape analysis of 1057 patient-physician encounters that
contained 3552 clinical decisions, Braddock and colleagues found that only
9% of decisions included all 7 elements of informed decision making. Discussion
of the nature of the intervention occurred most frequently and assessment
of patient understanding occurred least frequently. In an editorial, Barry
explores reasons why physicians may not involve patients in shared decision
making in clinical practice.
Molecular Typing Points to Tuberculosis Outbreak
The W strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
is a multidrug-resistant clone associated with high mortality. Using a combination
of molecular typing techniques and surveillance data to investigate the spread
of the W family of M tuberculosis in New Jersey during
1996-1998, Bifani and colleagues identified an outbreak that was not detected
by conventional contact tracing methods. Of the 1575 culture-positive tuberculosis
cases, 1207 isolates were genotyped, and 68 belonged to the W family. Forty-three
of these 68 isolates were closely related variants with similar, although
not identical, fingerprint patterns, and these cases were clustered geographically
and shared demographic features, which is characteristic of outbreak strain
transmission. In contrast, the other 25 W family isolates were heterogeneous
strains from cases that were dispersed geographically and without demographic
Face Shields and Injury Risk Among Ice Hockey Players
The use of full face protection by ice hockey players has been controversial
because of concern that full face shields may increase risk of concussion
and neck injuries. In this prospective study of 642 intercollegiate ice hockey
players, Benson and colleagues found that risk of sustaining a facial laceration
and dental injury and time lost from participation because of concussion were
significantly lower among hockey players who wore full face shields compared
with those who wore half face shields, while the risk of neck injuries, concussion,
or other injuries was similar in the 2 groups.
A 36-Year-Old Woman With Endometriosis
Ms B has endometriosis with moderate dysmenorrhea and a history of recurrent
endometriomas. She has been unable to become pregnant and has undergone 2
unsuccessful cycles of in vitro fertilization. Adamson discusses the diagnosis
and natural history of endometriosis and medical and surgical management options
for treatment of associated chronic pain and infertility.
A critique of current management and return-to-play guidelines for athletes
with sports-related concussion and recommendations for clinical assessment.
Medical News & Perspectives
Directors of the National Institutes of Health gaze into their crystal
balls and tell what they foresee happening in their fields during the first
fifth of the new century.
Who Receives CPR?
Factors associated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) attempts
among seriously ill hospitalized adults who experienced cardiopulmonary arrest.
Statins Benefit Women, Elderly
Results of this meta-analysis suggest that in women and individuals
aged 65 years or older, the risk reduction for major coronary events associated
with statin drug therapy is similar to that in middle-aged men.
Using Evidence to Set Treatment Priorities
Demonstration of an approach to systematically compare the relative
effectiveness of health interventions for individuals and populations.
JAMA Patient Page
For your patients: Communicating with your doctor.
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