Scott Garrison

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BACKGROUND The use of diuretics, statins, and inhaled long-acting β2-agonists (LABAs) is linked to muscle cramps but largely by anecdotal evidence. This study sought population-level data to better evaluate these associations. METHODS Linked health care databases containing prescribing information (December 1, 2000, to November 30, 2008) about 4.2 million(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The cardiovascular benefit of many preventive interventions (like statins) is strongly dependent on the baseline cardiovascular risk of the patient. Many lipid and vascular primary prevention guidelines advocate for the use of cardiovascular risk calculators. RECENT FINDINGS There are over 100 cardiovascular risk prediction models, and(More)
BACKGROUND Skeletal muscle cramps are common and often presented to physicians in association with pregnancy, advanced age, exercise or disorders of the motor neuron (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Magnesium supplements are marketed for the prophylaxis of cramps but the efficacy of magnesium for this indication has never been evaluated by(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the quality of health recommendations and claims made on popular medical talk shows. DESIGN Prospective observational study. SETTING Mainstream television media. SOURCES Internationally syndicated medical television talk shows that air daily (The Dr Oz Show and The Doctors). INTERVENTIONS Investigators randomly selected 40(More)
BACKGROUND It has been anecdotally reported that nocturnal leg cramps in pregnant women are worse in summer. We analyzed population-level data to determine whether the symptom burden of nocturnal leg cramps is seasonal in the general population. METHODS We examined time-series data for 2 independent measures of the symptom burden of leg cramps: (a) new(More)
BACKGROUND Primary medical care is changing-more female providers, desire for better work-life balance, and increasing availability of walk-in clinics have altered service delivery. There is no uniform physician practice style, and understanding service availability and delivery requires analysis of family physicians' practice patterns, rather than just(More)
BACKGROUND Rest cramps (also known as nocturnal leg cramps) are very common in a geriatric population. Oral magnesium supplements are marketed for prophylaxis of such cramps but clinical trials exploring the efficacy of oral magnesium conflict. A therapeutic trial of intravenous magnesium overcomes the limited oral bioavailability of magnesium and better(More)
Do the neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs) oseltamivir or zanamivir improve clinical outcomes in influenza? Bottom line Biased, poor-quality, mostly unpublished evidence suggests that oseltamivir and zanamivir shorten the duration of influenza symptoms by 0.6 to 0.7 of a day. Pneumonia and hospitalizations are not decreased. Evidence Three 2014 systematic(More)