Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Law review call for papers: "Preparing for a phamaceutical Response to Pandemic Influenza"

Seton Hall Law Review SymposiumPreparing for a Pharmaceutical Response to Pandemic InfluenzaCo-sponsored by the Health Law & Policy Program’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law and the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & TechnologyOctober 23-24, 2008Seton Hall Law SchoolNewark, NJCall for PapersSeton Hall Law School’s Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and the Seton Hall Law Review will

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

In my Law, Literature and Medicine class, the poem "Gaudeamus Igitur" by John Stone -- eminent cardiologist and medical educator and poet-essayist par excellence -- is always a hit (you can listen to an NPR story that includes a snippet of the poem). It was written as a graduation valedictory at the Emory University School of Medicine, and it provides a wonderful review of the medical school

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Are antibiotics futile for nursing home patients with advanced dementia?

Today's New York Times has a piece about a recent article in the Archives of Internal Medicine in which the authors question the use of antibiotics to treat infections in nursing home patients with advanced dementia. The study concludes:This prospective cohort study demonstrates that antimicrobial exposure among nursing home residents with advanced dementia is extensive and steadily increases

Monday, March 3, 2008

Location, location, location.

It's the punchline to an old joke, but this time it's deadly serious. According to a recent article in Pediatrics (summary; abstract here - full text here), "Black babies with very low birth weights are nearly twice as likely as their white counterparts to be born at New York City hospitals with high risk-adjusted neonatal death rates." The first and last paragraphs of the article's Discussion