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Gun Violence: A Public Health Concern?

June 9, 2016
Gun Violence: A Public Health Concern?

By Matthew B. McNeill, MD

Peer Reviewed

One can often feel numb or indifferent to the seemingly nightly reports of gun deaths on American news programs. Individual homicides, suicides, or accidental gun deaths are tragic and tragically commonplace. However, over the last two decades, a tide of unrest with the current role of guns in America has arisen in the wake of mass school shootings in places such as Jonesboro, AR (1998, 5 killed, 10 injured), Columbine, CO (1999, 13 killed, 24 injured), Red Lake …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 12, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Neha Jindal, MD

Peer Reviewed

Pharmaceutical companies made headlines last week when the $150 billion Pfizer-Allergan merger was called off shortly after the Obama administration issued new rules designed to crack down on corporate tax avoidance.  This comes on the heels of reports that major drug companies have set significantly higher prices on medications in the last five years.  According to a Reuters analysis, four of the top ten prescribed drugs in the United States had a price increase of over 100% since 2011.  …

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From The Archives – Gout: A Disease of the Blessed or a Blessing in Disguise?

April 7, 2016
From The Archives – Gout: A Disease of the Blessed or a Blessing in Disguise?

Please enjoy this article From The Archives dated June 8, 2012

By Krithiga Sekar

Faculty Peer Reviewed

“The patient goes to bed and sleeps quietly until about two in the morning when he is awakened by a pain which usually seizes the great toe, but sometimes the heel, the calf of the leg or the ankle… so exquisitely painful as not to endure the weight of the clothes nor the shaking of the room from a person walking briskly therein.”

—Thomas Sydenham  (1683)

Gout, an …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

March 15, 2016
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Jafar Al-Mondhiry, MD MA

This week saw the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan, a national icon during and after her time, and a pioneer of many social and health-related movements.  Her “Just Say No” campaign became an international catch phrase, something featured in newspapers, magazines, TV commercials, and even music videos . Even while the nation struggles more than ever with drug abuse and new ways to address it – now with drug overdose eclipsing car accidents as the leading cause of …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 29, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Monil Shah, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company that aims to bring space tourism to reality, unveiled a new spaceship at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The new spaceship has been named Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity by Professor Stephen Hawking . VSS Unity is still undergoing preliminary test flights. A seat with VSS Unity will cost around US $250,000. On an interesting note, the world’s first space tourist was an American business man and former NASA engineer …

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Myth or Reality: Are Shellfish Allergies Related to Contrast Reactions?

January 13, 2016
Myth or Reality: Are Shellfish Allergies Related to Contrast Reactions?

By Ian Fagan, MD

Peer Reviewed

I was recently vacationing on a cruise ship. As anybody who regularly cruises most certainly knows, you make your money back not in the casino, but rather on lobster night—a meal consisting of endless portions of delicious, succulent lobster tail.

A table mate of mine did not order the lobster. When asked why, she shared an interesting tale: After 40 years of eating shellfish as she pleased, she was found to be “allergic to iodine” and was subsequently warned …

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A Clinical Correlations Winter (Summer?) Break

December 24, 2015
A Clinical Correlations Winter (Summer?) Break

While reveling in the balmy weather in New York, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.  Clinical Correlations will be on a brief hiatus and will resume publishing on 1/11/16.  Stay warm…seriously.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 29, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Olivia Begasse De Dhaem, MD

Peer Reviewed

According to the latest data from UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, war and persecution displaced a total of 59.4 million people in 2014, primarily in developing countries. As the number of asylum-seekers fleeing from countries like Syria and Eritrea to Europe increases, the E.U. gave up on the plan for mandatory quotas to spread the refugees across the 28 E.U. countries, and suggested a voluntary program instead. Although there was no mass deportation after …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 5, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Dallos, MD

Peer Reviewed

This Saturday, sports fans were treated to a day of televised glory as American Pharaoh raced across the finish line of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby in a nail-biter and Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in the “Fight of the Century.” While couch potatoes nationwide enjoyed a healthy dose of chips and salsa washed down with a Mint Julep or two, Circulation published another article on the health benefits for the physically active amongst us.

In …

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A Clinical Correlations Holiday Break

December 27, 2014
A Clinical Correlations Holiday Break

From all of us to all of you …Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Clinical Correlations will be on a short hiatus. We will resume publishing 1/6/2015.…

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Mystery Quiz

December 2, 2014
Mystery Quiz

Vivian Hayashi MD, Robert Smith MD

The patient is an 82 year old man with frequent breathlessness. The patient had been admitted several times in the past two years for congestive heart failure. Two years earlier, the patient suffered an NSTEMI. A diagnostic cardiac catheterization revealed triple vessel coronary disease. A decision to perform CABG vs coronary stenting was delayed pending an evaluation of iron-deficiency anemia associated with a positive test for fecal occult blood. A recent echocardiogram showed normal left ventricular function but diastolic …

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Does Cranberry Juice Prevent Urinary Tract Infections?

September 11, 2014
Does Cranberry Juice Prevent Urinary Tract Infections?

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated November 9, 2011

By Jessie Yu

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A healthy 21-year-old female college student presents to clinic after one day of dysuria and increased frequency. You diagnose her with a recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI), and as you hand her a prescription for empiric antibiotic treatment, she asks you if drinking cranberry juice will prevent these in the future…

Drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) has been a traditional folk remedy for hundreds …

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