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Patients may share the results of direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing with their primary care provider. This study describes a group of consumers who shared their results with their primary care provider and whether they were satisfied or dissatisfied with the experience.
Studies have shown that a “treat-to-target” strategy results in improved clinical outcomes among patients with early active rheumatoid arthritis, but long-term data on this approach are lacking. The authors present outcomes among patients treated with this approach for 10 years as part of a trial that examined 4 treat-to-target strategies for rheumatoid arthritis.
Studies have documented a relationship between increased body mass index (BMI) and improved survival, but BMI is an imperfect measure of adiposity. This population-based cohort study examined the relationship of BMI and body fat percentage with all-cause mortality among middle-aged and older adults who underwent bone mineral density testing.
This synopsis of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes focuses on key areas necessary for managing the disease, preventing complications, and improving outcomes.
On 7 January 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020. This commentary discusses the new guidelines and the strength of the scientific evidence supporting them.
In 1961, an article with a similar title changed our understanding about who receives medical care. This article updates our understanding since then, describes the trends changing the ecology of care, and reviews the implications for the health care system.
Evidence-based medicine and big data are very different approaches to producing evidence. In this commentary, the author posits that “combining these 2 ways of knowing offers the best path for enlarging and strengthening the knowledge base of clinical medicine.”
Discussions of past scandals have become an obligatory part of bioethics courses in undergraduate, graduate, medical, and other health professional schools. This paper revisits several scandals that are typically discussed in bioethics education and training to generate a more historically informed assessment of immoral behavior.
According to van der Wouden and colleagues' study, consumers who purchase direct-to-consumer genetic tests find the marketing message compelling. The editorialists discuss the findings and why they believe that marketing these tests creates consumer expectations that cannot—and perhaps should not—be met by the health care system.
“Do you have any questions?” I asked. My brain immediately began chanting, “Please don't, please don't, please don't.” I thought the chant was quiet enough that only I could hear it, but my patient seemed to read my mind.
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