Just Breathe: Prevalence of PE in Syncope & Corticosteroids for Pneumonia

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This week on The Rounds Table we are following up on the prevalence of PE in syncope and reviewing the evidence on corticosteroids for pneumonia. Ariel Lefkowitz and Kieran Quinn break down these two important articles for listeners.

Do you routinely prescribe steroids in pneumonia? Ariel shares a Cochrane review which covers the literature to provide an evidence based answer as to whether clinicians should be prescribing steroids for management of this common condition.

Next, we’ve seen two major studies–PESIT and GEMINI–in the past year that demonstrated significantly different estimated prevalences of PE in individuals who were admitted to hospital with their first episode of syncope. Kieran covers a subsequent study which sought to estimate the prevalence of PE in patients who presented to the Emergency Department with syncope.

Last but not least, the Good Stuff segment. Kieran shares an article on helping mentees to succeed in academic medicine. Ariel shares an article on the development of male birth control.

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The Papers

1. PE in Syncope: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2670036?redirect=true

2. Corticosteroids for Pneumonia: http://www.cochrane.org/CD007720/ARI_treatment-corticosteroids-beneficial-and-safe-people-pneumonia

Good Stuff

1. Will you be my mentor? https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2664070?redirect=true

2. Male birth control: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/potential-male-birth-control-pill-deadly-origins-article-1.3764156

Music Credits

The Rounds Table Theme Music by Brendan Quinn, Creative Director and Composer, Vapor RMW

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