Shanafelt and colleagues evaluated rates of burnout among US physicians, differences by specialty, and comparisons of physicians with US workers in other fields. Burnout was measured using validated instruments, and satisfaction with work-life balance was explored. See the editorial by O’Malley.
Little is known about acute and chronic heart failure in sub-Saharan Africa. Damasceno et al conducted a prospective, multicenter, observational survey of patients with acute heart failure admitted to 12 university hospitals in 9 countries. In an invited commentary, Jamerson and Agodoa discuss the study’s global implications.
Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid is pervasive in the United States. Shankar and colleagues examined the independent relationship between serum perfluorooctanoic acid levels and cardiovascular disease. In an invited commentary, Mukherjee reiterates the importance of traditional risk factors.
Brozek et al conduct a meta-analysis of 5 trials in which long-acting β2-agonists were removed from combination therapy with inhaled corticosteroids in patients with asthma. In an invited commentary, Chan and Shorr discuss the evolving evidence and public policy.