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Preliminary Communication | October 8, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Potential Mechanisms for Cancer Resistance in Elephants vs Humans

This study investigates mechanisms for cancer resistance in elephants and compares cellular response to DNA damage among elephants, healthy human controls, and cancer-prone patients with Li-Fraumeni syndrome.

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Original Investigation | October 6, 2015

Laparoscopic vs Open Resection of Rectal Cancer

These randomized trials compare the effects of laparoscopic-assisted vs open resection of rectal cancer on pathologic outcomes.

Laparoscopic vs Open Resection for Rectal Cancer

Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection vs Open Resection for Rectal Cancer

Editorial: Minimally Invasive Approaches to Rectal Cancer and Diverticulitis

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Original Investigation | October 6, 2015

Laparoscopic Lavage vs Primary Resection for Perforated Diverticulitis

This randomized trial compares postoperative outcomes among patients undergoing emergency laparoscopic lavage vs primary colon resection procedures for acute perforated diverticulitis.

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Original Investigation | October 6, 2015 CME

Rehabilitation After Immobilization for Ankle Fracture

This randomized trial compares the effects of a supervised exercise program and advice vs advice alone on activity limitation and quality of life among adults with isolated ankle fracture.

Clinical Review & Education

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From The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics | September 22, 2015

Alirocumab (Praluent) to Lower LDL-Cholesterol

This Medical Letter review summarizes information about alirocumab, a subcutaneously injected PCSK9 inhibitor, approved for use as an adjunct to statin therapy in patients with clinical atherosclerotic disease requiring further lowering of LDL levels.

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Medical News & Perspectives | September 29, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Another Frontier in Microbiome Research: Preterm Birth

This Medical News feature describes early research that suggests a possible association between the vaginal microbiome and risk of preterm birth.


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Viewpoint | October 1, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Antimicrobials at the End of Life

This Viewpoint discusses the risks and benefits of antimicrobial use at the end of life and calls for goal-directed counseling about infection management in advance care planning.

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Viewpoint | September 30, 2015 FREE ONLINE FIRST

Evidence-Based Clinical Prevention and Affordable Care Act

This Viewpoint clarifies US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations as they apply to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Interview with James Fleshman, MD, author of Effect of Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection vs Open Resection of Stage II or III Rectal Cancer on Pathologic Outcomes: The ACOSOG Z6051 Randomized Clinical Trial

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Effect of Laparoscopic-Assisted Resection vs Open Resection of Stage II or III Rectal Cancer on Pathologic Outcomes The ACOSOG Z6051 Randomized Clinical Trial

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Neurologic examination of a 64-year-old man with gait instability and diplopia. What would you do next?

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This interactive includes Doppler echocardiography findings from a patient with a heart murmur. How do you interpret these test results?

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JAMA Editor's Audio Summary

October 6, 2015

Minimally invasive surgery for rectal cancer and diverticulitis, rehabilitation after immobilization for ankle fracture, long-term outcomes after carpal tunnel release, and more.

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Reading by Graham McMahon, author of Advancing Continuing Medical Education

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Recurrent Painful Abdominal Rash

An 80-year-old woman with diabetes, hypertension, and TIAs presented with a painful rash on her flank. She had no fever, systemic symptoms, joint pain, or skin thickening; a punch biopsy showed a vacuolar interface dermatitis pattern.

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Challenges in Reducing Surgical “Never Events”

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