JAOA Best of the Decade

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has rounded up its top articles of the 2010s. The list is determined by which articles scored highest on the Altmetric scale, meaning that they received the most media attention over the last decade. From roller coasters to cannabis to concussions, click through some of these JAOA greatest hits.

#10 ENGAGE Initiative: Showcasing Osteopathic Scholarly Activity

Robert Orenstein, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2016, Vol. 116, 276-277. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.054.

#9 Conversion of Sugar to Fat: Is Hepatic de Novo Lipogenesis Leading to Metabolic Syndromeand Associated Chronic Diseases?

Jean-Marc Schwarz, PhD; Michael Clearfield, DO; Kathleen Mulligan, PhD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2017, Vol. 117, 520-527. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2017.102.

The pathway linking metabolic diseases to sugar consumption is hypothesized to be the ability of the liver to make fat from sugar—fructose, in particular.

#8 Emergency Health Care Professionals’ Understanding of the Costs of Care in the Emergency Department

Kevin A. Hoffman, DO; Michelino Mancini, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2017, Vol. 117, 359-364. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2017.073.

Fiscal responsibility is increasingly monitored, especially in emergency care. However, emergency health care professionals may not know the costs of care for common presentations.

#7 Role of Magnesium in Vitamin D Activation and Function

Anne Marie Uwitonze, BDT, MS; Mohammed S. Razzaque, MBBS, PhD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 2018, Vol. 118, 181-189. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2018.037.

Intestinal absorption and metabolism of one nutrient may be dependent on the availability of other nutrients. Deficiency in either magnesium or vitamin D is reported to be associated with various disorders.

#6 Are Low-Carbohydrate Diets Safe and Effective?

Heather Fields, MD; Barbara Ruddy, MD; Mark R. Wallace, MD; Amit Shah, MD; Denise Millstine, MD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, December 2016, Vol. 116, 788-793. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.154.

Fields and colleagues looked at the effects of low-carbohydrate diets on weight loss, blood pressure, glucose levels, and lipid levels in this review of the literature.

#5 First-Time Sports-Related Concussion Recovery: The Role of Sex, Age, and Sport

John M. Neidecker, DO, ATC; David B. Gealt, DO; John R. Luksch, DO; Martin D. Weaver, MD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 635-642. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2017.120.

Concussion is common in athletes, but what variables influence time to recovery? Children and adolescent athletes’ recovery times were analyzed in this retrospective medical record review.

#4 Effects of Cannabis Use on Sedation Requirements for Endoscopic Procedures

Mark A. Twardowski, DO; Margaret M. Link, MSN, RN, CRNI; Nicole M. Twardowski, BS. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2019, Vol. 119, 307-311. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.052.

Physicians are treating more patients who regularly use cannabis; however, little is known about how cannabis affects medical care. Researchers investigated the sedative doses required by regular cannabis users vs nonusers.

#3 Effects of Group Fitness Classes on Stress and Quality of Life of Medical Students

Dayna M. Yorks, DO; Christopher A. Frothingham, DO; Mark D. Schuenke, PhD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2017, Vol. 117, e17-e25. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2017.140.

Stress can adversely affect wellbeing, and physical activity may be one way to improve this state. In this pilot study of medical students, exercising in a group was compared with exercising alone in outcome measures of stress and quality of life.

#2 Vitamin D Deficiency, Its Role in Health and Disease, and Current Supplementation Recommendations

Kim M. Pfotenhauer, DO; Jay H. Shubrook, DO. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 301-305. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2017.055.

Inadequate sun exposure and chronic disease continue to cause vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency, conditions that affect almost 1 billion people worldwide.

#1 Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster

Marc A. Mitchell, DO; David D. Wartinger, DO, JD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 647-652. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2016.128.

The dislodging of renal calculi, or kidney stones, may be facilitated by activities such as riding a roller coaster, as the study by Wartinger and Mitchell sought to demonstrate. The authors used a functional pyelocalyceal renal model with actual renal calculi suspended in urine.

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