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Update in Preventive Medicine

Laurence H. Beck, MD
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From Cleveland Clinic Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Requests for Single Reprints: Laurence H. Beck, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Florida, 2900 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Ann Intern Med. 2001;134(2):128-135. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-134-2-200101160-00014
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To select the published articles that could most influence daily clinical practice, I reviewed all the major general medical journals and searched the MEDLINE database. I used an informal system for scoring the articles, focusing on their clinical relevance, scientific validity, and generalizability. Particular care was taken to choose research that was based on rigorous methods and incorporated appropriate blinding when necessary. Articles in two categories—influenza and modifications in diet and behavior—are in the realm of primary prevention, whereas work in osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease largely entails secondary preventive measures.

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Frequency of illness and confirmed influenza in 1107 patients receiving zanamivir or placebo.
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Incidence of fractures and change in bone mineral density (BMD) in 6828 women who completed the raloxifene study.
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