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New 'Pathophysiology in Medicine' Series Launches in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences

Expert Updates Will Tie Latest Scientific Discoveries to Current Clinical Care

As scientific research delves into the processes underlying human disease, doctors are challenged to integrate these new discoveries into patient care.  To help bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical practice, a new series on "Pathophysiology in Medicine" begins this month in  The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (The AJMS), official journal of the  Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI).  The journal is published by  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of  Wolters Kluwer Health.

The November issue of  The AJMS presents the initial "Pathophysiology in Medicine" topic:   The pathophysiologic consequences of neurohormonal activation in congestive heart failure, authored by Preeti Dube, MD, and Karl T. Weber, MD, of University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.  Dr. Weber will also serve as Section Editor of the new series.

New Series Seeks 'Invigorating Discourse' between Disciplines
The "Pathophysiology in Medicine" series grows out of the SSCI's annual scientific session.  This broad-based forum includes input from all internal medicine specialties, providing an interdisciplinary perspective on the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders.  "Thinly veiled barriers, often hoisted unintendedly between discourses at specialty meetings, can easily be torn down and replaced with invigorating discourse between disciplines at the SSCI meeting," Dr. Weber notes in an introductory article.

The new series seeks to extend that spirit of cooperation through regular state-of-the art updates by senior clinician scientists.  Each entry will present cutting-edge insights into the pathophysiology of a specific disease or disorder:  from the latest subcellular- and cellular-level findings, to an understanding of organ-based physiology, to—most importantly—the clinical care provided by physicians.

"The objective of this new series will be to present new scientific insights of fundamental pathophysiology mechanisms as they apply to a clinical disease," comments David W. Ploth, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and Editor of  The  AJMS. 

Pathophysiology Discoveries May Lead to New Treatments for Heart Failure
In the first of a two-part article, Drs. Dube and Weber present new data on how examine the pathophysiologic impact of neurohormonal activation—hormonal responses "gone awry," which are responsible for the systemic and progressive nature of congestive heart failure.  It's a topic of utmost interest to practicing physicians, as heart failure is the number one reason for admission to U.S. hospitals.  "Alarmingly," Dr. Weber points out, "such patients all too often need to be readmitted for a recurrence of the very symptoms and signs that constitute this clinical syndrome and which caused their index hospitalization."

In the second part, appearing in the December issue of  The  AJMS, Drs. Dube and Weber outline the implications for developing new approaches to heart failure treatment.  Understanding the effects of neurohumoral activation opens the "the hitherto unfathomable prospect for recovery" from congestive heart failure— including the possibility of reversing damage to the heart and other affected tissues.

In future months, the editors of  The  AJMS will invite leading experts to present regular contributions on topics of special interest.  Dr. Ploth adds, "These contributions will provide integration of the recent advancements in our understanding of informatics, deranged genetics, or abnormal cellular or molecular physiology relate to disease processes."

About  The American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Founded in 1820,  The American Journal of the Medical Sciences (AJMS) is the official journal of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. Regular features include Clinical and Basic Investigation studies, Reviews, Historical Articles, Case Reports, Images in the Medical Sciences.  Other special features include contributions from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Cardiology Grand Rounds from Vanderbilt University and Emory University, Case Records of the VA Maryland Healthcare System/University of Maryland Medicine, and Clinical Reasoning:  A Case-Based Series from Tulane University and Trainee Research Reports.   The  AJMS publishes clinical and basic investigation articles dealing with topics such as infectious disease, rheumatology/immunology, hematology/oncology, cardiology, pulmonology/critical care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology and endocrinology.

About the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
Founded in 1946, the  Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) is a regional academic society dedicated to the advancement of medically-related research.  Its major focus is on encouraging students and postgraduate trainees (residents and fellows) to enter academic medicine and to support junior faculty success in clinical investigation.  SSCI members are committed to mentoring future generations of medical investigators and promoting careers in academic medicine.

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the  LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services.

LWW is part of  Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of  Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2010 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.7 billion).