Estrogen Pills, Patches, and Sex After Menopause by F. Perry Wilson

A randomized trial appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals modest, but significant effects of transdermal estrogen on sexual function in post-menopausal women. But there are some caveats. For the video version, click here.

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Work Hours in Dual-Physician Couples: The Effect of Children by F. Perry Wilson

A research letter appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine documents a striking decrease in work hours among women physicians once they have children - a finding that does not extend to their male physician spouses. For the video version, click here.

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Ending Medical Reversal: Doc-to-Doc with Vinay Prasad, MD by F. Perry Wilson

"Medical Reversal" occurs when new data demonstrates that a commonly-accepted practice is not beneficial or even harmful to patients. Dr. Vinay Prasad is a world-expert in this phenomenon. I spoke to him about the trends in medical reversals, their underpinnings, and how they can be ended in the future. His book is entitled "Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives".

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What the Market Will Bear: Doc-to-Doc on Skyrocketing Drug Prices with Dr. Umesh Khot by F. Perry Wilson

Dr. Umesh Khot is the Vice-Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and the author of a research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine examining the effects of the astronomical price increases of isoproteronol and nitroprusside. In this doc-to-doc interview, Dr. Khot discusses the reasons the prices increased, the effects that had on utilization of the drugs, and the implications this has more broadly in our healthcare system.

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Music Therapy For Autism Spectrum Disorder: Disappointing News by F. Perry Wilson

A study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that improvisational music therapy did not improve outcomes in kids with autism. But was it the intervention that didn't work, or the trial itself?  For the video version, click here.

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"Maintenance of Certification": Model of Self-Regulation or Corporate Boondoggle? by F. Perry Wilson

Maintenance of Certification is the process by which docs prove they've kept up with the times in terms of medical knowledge. That's all well and good, but the sky-high exam fees beg the question - where does the money go? For the video version, click here. 

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Obamacare Reduced Hospital Readmissions - Is This a Good Thing? by F. Perry Wilson

The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, which lowered Medicare payments to hospitals with high readmission rates, has accomplished its direct goal of reducing readmission rates. This study, appearing in JAMA, evaluates for potential unintended consequences. For the video version, click here.

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When the First Antidepressant Fails... A Randomized Trial by F. Perry Wilson

A study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined whether the addition of bupropion or the antipsychotic aripiprazole to first-line antidepressant therapy would improve outcomes in major depressive disorder. The results highlight how difficult this disease is to treat. For the video version, click here.

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