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Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

November 26, 2014
Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

By Matthew Weiss, MD

Peer Reviewed

Background:

The number of worldwide air travelers is expected to surpass 3.3 billion by next year and possibly double by 2030 . The major growth areas for airline travel are international markets where growth rates were twice that of domestic flights within the U.S. during the past two years . With more passengers taking to the skies and enduring longer international and transoceanic flights, the general practitioner is increasingly asked to advise on the risk of travel-associated venous thromboembolism…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 24, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chio Yokose, MD

Peer Reviewed

As temperatures took a noticeable dip earlier this week in New York City, prompting many of us to begrudgingly pull out our heavy down coats and boots from our closets, no place was hit harder than Buffalo, NY. Although no stranger to snow in this part of the country, even lifelong residents of Buffalo were shocked to wake up to a wall of white on Wednesday morning as a lake-effect storm, which rapidly developed over Lake Erie late Tuesday…

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Approach to the Hospitalized Patient with Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Should Procalcitonin Be Part of the Initial Evaluation?

November 21, 2014
Approach to the Hospitalized Patient with Community-Acquired Pneumonia: Should Procalcitonin Be Part of the Initial Evaluation?

By Matthew Light, MD

Peer Reviewed

A 79 year-old female, 20 pack-year ex-smoker with history of mild systolic congestive heart failure is referred to the emergency department (ED) after an outpatient visit with her primary care physician where she complained of fever, sinus congestion, myalgias, and productive cough. On arrival she is febrile, mildly tachypneic and tachycardic, but normotensive and with a normal oxygen saturation on room air. On exam she has bronchial breath sounds and rales in her left chest. The patient has a…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

November 19, 2014
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Max Padgett, MD, MPH

Peer Reviewed

The United States and China, the two largest producers of greenhouse gases, have reached a historic agreement on reducing carbon emissions. President Obama announced that the United States will aim to reduce emissions by 20-25% by the year 2025, while Chinese President Xi Jiping stated that carbon emissions would peak in China by 2030. Back in Washington, it was politics as usual. Senate and House Republicans declared the announcement as evidence of President Obama’s “war on coal.” According…

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Why Do Toenails Grow More Slowly Than Fingernails?

November 14, 2014
Why Do Toenails Grow More Slowly Than Fingernails?

By Alice Drain

Peer Reviewed

Warm weather heralds the arrival of flip-flops and the exposure of toes previously tucked away in socks and boots. This sudden pedal presence makes one wonder, why do toenails grow more slowly than fingernails?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, to what degree does speed of nail growth vary? Anyone who has ever had to wait as a broken toenail gradually grows in, treated a toe fungus, or gotten a mani-pedi is familiar with…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Myths and Realities: The Fishy Truth about Mercury Toxicity

November 13, 2014
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Myths and Realities: The Fishy Truth about Mercury Toxicity

Please enjoy this post from the Archives dated December 17, 2011

By Nicole Learned

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In an age when patients obtain medical news from the media, and celebrities initiate powerful health trends, clinicians have to be prepared to answer even the most obscure questions about health and nutrition. When Entourage star Jeremy Piven took a leave of absence in 2008 from the Broadway play Speed the Plow due to alleged mercury poisoning from eating sushi twice a day for years, it raised the question:…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shannon Chiu, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections proved to be a big day for the Republicans, as they took control of the Senate and a record number of governor’s seats, and expanded their majority in the House – their largest House majority since World War II era. President Obama shook off his party’s electoral drubbing, noting that he was eager to find common ground with the Republicans: “It doesn’t make me mopey. It energizes me, because it means that this…

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Myth vs. Reality: Can Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer?

November 6, 2014
Myth vs. Reality: Can Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer?

By Dana Zalkin

Peer reviewed

Recently, my own mother approached me with a personal medical question: “Is it true that I need to avoid antiperspirants given that I’m a breast cancer survivor?” From her tone, it was clear that she wanted a particular answer from me: “No, mom, that’s just a myth.” But in all honesty, I had no idea. Her surgeon had advised against antiperspirant use, but her radiologist denied any association between the product and breast cancer. So, in honor of my mother…

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