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Iron Deficiency Anemia: A Guide to Oral Iron Supplements

March 26, 2015
Iron Deficiency Anemia: A Guide to Oral Iron Supplements

By Cindy Fei, MD

Peer Reviewed

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the United States. Despite this, there are a multitude of questions surrounding the best choice of supplementation. Which formulation of iron is best prescribed? Do newer preparations such as enteric-coated tablets help? How long do you treat for? The following is a review of the literature surrounding these questions.

In order to best understand the dosing regimens, let’s first review the metabolism of iron.

The body contains approximately…

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From The Archives – EKG Websites: A Review of the Most Viewed Websites

March 25, 2015
From The Archives – EKG Websites: A Review of the Most Viewed Websites

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated February 3, 2012

By Melissa Mroz, MD and Rachel Bond, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test not only interpreted by cardiologists.

In fact, it is usually early in the year that the new medical student is handed an EKG; top flipped down as not to “cheat” and asked to interpret the rhythmic black squiggles on red graph paper. I still remember the anxiety provoking questions asked on my Medicine Clerkship. As with many skills…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 23, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Tuesday The 2015 NCAA College Basketball tournament began. The yearly event, always filled with bracket busting upsets and edge-of-your-seat buzzer beaters, normally stars players and coaches. During the first round matchup between number 14 seed Georgia State and 3 seed Baylor, it was a seat that stole the show(1). This wasn’t a seat bolted to the floor in the stands but rather a stool with four wheels on it. Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, after an Achilles…

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Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Pathogenesis and Prevention

March 19, 2015
Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Pathogenesis and Prevention

By Shilpa Mukunda, MD

Peer Reviewed

On my first day on inpatient medicine at the VA Hospital, Mr. P came in with an oozing foot ulcer. Mr. P, a 60-year-old man with a 30 pack-year smoking history, poorly controlled diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and chronic renal disease, had already had toes amputated. He knew all too well the routine of what would happen now with his newest ulcer. After two weeks of IV antibiotics and waiting for operating room time, Mr. P eventually had his…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anjali Mone, MD

Peer Reviewed

As the Northeast recovers from non-stop snowstorms and the frozen East River thaws, daylight savings time may finally mark the end of winter, except in Arizona and Hawaii who will not be “springing forward”. Arizona and Hawaii might be on the right track since “springing forward” and “falling back” have actually been associated with increased traffic accidents. While our nation debates whether losing an hour of sleep actually saves energy or increases productivity, one country in West Africa…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 2, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Akansha Chhabra, MD

Peer Reviewed

Blue and black or white and gold? This seems to be the most popular question across social media platforms over the last few days. And what is this all about? A dress. It all started when guitarist Caitlin McNeill posted a picture of this perplexing two-tone dress on her tumblr last week. Not an hour later it stirred up a heated debate among the masses. Neuroscientist Bevil Conway stepped forward to explain the “dress phenomenon.” He reports,…

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Why Do We Do What We Do: Common Hospital Practices Revealed

February 27, 2015
Why Do We Do What We Do: Common Hospital Practices Revealed

By Dana Zalkin

Peer Reviewed

A code is called on the overhead speaker and the on-call teams rush to the scene to see what awaits them. EKG leads are being placed, medications are being ordered, and labs are being drawn. A medical student stands with a bag of ice, ready to grab the arterial blood gas (ABG) and run it down to the lab. “Why do we put the ABG on ice right away?” the student wonders. But in this moment, while a patient teeters…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 25, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Steven R. Liu, MD

Peer Reviewed

“And the award goes to…” – for those of you who watched the Academy Awards this week, you will have been an admirer of Neil Patrick Harris’ opening, his presence in the audience, and his underwear spoof of “Birdman”. The event made for glamorous viewing, and also included heartfelt speeches from winners about the lingering state of race relations, suicide, and equality for women among some of the topics.

In the journals this week…

Nitric oxide, antihypertensive treatment

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