Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS

All posts by Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS

December 16th, 2009

To Recommend Aspirin or Not to Recommend Aspirin, That Is the Question

The debate over the use of aspirin in primary prevention of cardiovascular events among adults with no known cardiovascular disease continues to grow. In March, the United States Preventive Services Task Force assigned Class A recommendations to encourage: Men 45-79 to use aspirin when potential MI benefit outweighs potential GI harm Women 55-79 to use aspirin […]

November 20th, 2009

Remembering to Hold the Salt

I think we can all agree that counseling patients on diet is one of the least rewarding parts of being a doctor. Nobody likes telling adults what they can and cannot eat. And sometimes the recommendations seem so obvious that, to us, it borders on nagging. Of course patients with hypertension and heart failure should avoid salt.  Of […]

October 30th, 2009

Being “Safe” Still Isn’t Cool

If we are to detect harms early and protect the public’s health while ensuring the availability of effective new therapies, systematic reporting of safety outcomes from all clinical trials must be available.  In the current Archives of Internal Medicine, Isabelle Pitrou and colleagues (FREE) review the reporting of safety data in randomized, controlled trials published during […]