CategoryPresciption Drugs Archives - Knope Clinic

October 4, 1984 & Libby Zion: The Day Medicine Changed Forever

November 7th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Patients have often commented to me that “younger doctors seem different” than the doctors that they grew up with. Without getting into the details of my patients’ perceptions, the overall sense is that younger doctors see medicine as more of a job than a calling. I would agree that there are differences and the reason for these differences can be explained by history.

This newsletter is devoted to a little-known piece of medical history that changed American medicine forever.… Read the rest

Can Statin Drugs Impair Your Fitness?

June 6th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins – medications such as Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, and Pravachol – have been getting their share of bad publicity. Recent press reports have shown possible links between the use of statin drugs and the development of dementia and diabetes. If this were not enough, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shown that the drug Zocor may actually impair the development of aerobic fitness associated with exercise.… Read the rest

A Nasty Flu Season

February 7th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

As you have all learned by now, this has been a particularly ugly cold and flu season. The flu epidemic hit the country about 5 weeks early this year. Fortunately, this epidemic has peaked and the number of cases is declining. However, you are still at risk of getting influenza – even if you have had the flu shot – and it will be the end of February before this is all over.

In addition to the flu there are two other infectious diseases that have been circulating throughout the Tucson community.… Read the rest

Do Z-Paks Really Kill?

June 12th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

Many of you have read recent press reports regarding a study that concluded that the commonly used antibiotic called azithromycin, the “Z-Pak”, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular death. Ouch! Really? Since this study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it is probably worth a closer look.

Expert Opinion: The traditional method used by the press to address a controversial question like this is to trot out a celebrity doctor, like Dr.… Read the rest

Should you stop taking your multivitamin?

November 3rd, 2011 By Steven Knope, MD

The Myth of the Missing Substance

“Early to bed, early to rise, take multivitamins and you’re more likely to die.”

Okay, so I changed this old chestnut a bit to get your attention. However, as many of you have now read, a recently published study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that adult women who took multivitamins had a higher mortality rate than those who did not. Before you conclude that this finding was unrelated to the vitamins, consider this: The women who took vitamins were healthier to start with than those women who did not take vitamins.… Read the rest