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SMJ Article | Multidisciplinary Clinical Case Study

When Statins Get Physical: A Curious Cause of Statin Myopathy

We present the case of a 61-year-old male with hyperlipidemia and lumbar radiculopathy admitted to our hospital with rhabdomyolysis attributed to the recent initiation of statin therapy. Despite aggressive fluid resuscitation and an initial declination in his creatine phosphokinase (CPK) levels, he had persistent myalgias with progressive weakness. Rheumatologic and...

Posted in: Autoimmune Systemic Disorders1 Diseases of Muscle & Neuromuscular Function1

SMJ Article | Review Article

Walking Speed and Mortality: An Updated Systematic Review

Objective: The aim of our systematic review was to update the current evidence on the association between slow walking speed (WS) and mortality, expanding the current knowledge available in the literature. Methods: A systematic review of the published data on the association of WS and mortality was carried out by...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology5

SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Use of e-Cigarettes and Development of Respiratory Conditions in Women of Childbearing Age

Objective: Women of childbearing age are encouraged not to smoke because of well-documented adverse health outcomes. This study examines the association between e-cigarette use and respiratory conditions (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) among women of childbearing age. Methods: The study used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance...

Posted in: Asthma1

SMJ Article | Review Article

Red Meat Allergies after Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) Bites

Red meat allergies have followed tick bites on every continent except Antarctica. The sensitizing antigen is galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-gal), an oligosaccharide constituent of nonprimate blood and meat, acquired by ticks during animal bloodfeeding. Because red meat allergy after tick bites is a worldwide phenomenon, the objectives of this review were to...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology5

SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Impact of β-Lactam Allergies on Antimicrobial Selection in an Outpatient Setting

Objective: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether patients prescribed nonpreferred antibiotics received appropriate alternative antibiotics.Methods: This was a retrospective observational analysis of military veteran patients with a β-lactam allergy treated in an outpatient clinic or emergency department for an infection during a 5-year span. Antibiotic regimens...

Posted in: Allergy and Immunology5
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