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Breaking News: The Crestor Controversy

April 1, 2010
Breaking News: The Crestor Controversy

Devyani Kothari, MD

Patients are already talking about a New York Times front page article highlighting the risks associated with statin use as a preventive measure for cardiovascular events in relatively “healthy” people. The piece examines the newest FDA indications for the use of Crestor along with the controversies surrounding the drug.

Last month, the FDA approved Rosuvastatin Calcium, marketed as Crestor by AstraZeneca for use in a new patient population , based on the JUPITER trial. Crestor now…

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The 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards-The Polls are Open

January 28, 2010
The 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards-The Polls are Open

We are honored  to once again be named as a finalist in the categories of Best Medical Weblog and Best Clinical Sciences Weblog in Medgadget’s 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards.  Reviewing the nominations in each award category is a wonderful opportunity to familiarize yourself with the medical blogosphere.  There are so many worthy sites out there that I strongly urge you to spend some time surfing the nominations in each of the categories.  There’s something here for everyone regardless of where your interest in healthcare…

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NYU in Haiti

January 24, 2010
NYU in Haiti

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, physicians, nurses, and staff at NYU Langone Medical Center came together to form the Haitian Effort and Relief Team (NYULMC HEART). On Friday, January 22, 2010, the first group of HEART volunteers arrived in Haiti to provide surgical services and support at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.   Fritz Francois, MD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity at NYU, is sharing his group’s experience in a compelling blog that puts this tragedy into  real perspective.

Read the NYULMC…

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Us

January 1, 2010
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Us

As we here at Clinical Correlations celebrate the New Year and mark our 3rd anniversary we realize that we have so much to be thankful for.  2009 has been a very productive year for our website.  Our readership has grown over 65% since last year reaching over 200,000 hits this year.  Readers visited us from over 200 countries including a reader from Greenland, the last major holdout.  We were awarded the 2009 Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award our second major award.  Last week Judith…

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Breaking News: Begin Cervical Cancer Screening at 21 Says ACOG

November 20, 2009
Breaking News: Begin Cervical Cancer Screening at 21 Says ACOG

Joshua Strauss, MD

In the second decision of its kind and magnitude in a matter of days, a major medical group has again recommended cutting back on cancer screening for women.  On the heels of Monday’s USPSTF release on reducing mammography, newly revised evidence-based guidelines regarding cervical cancer screening were issued today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 

The new guidelines, “based on good and…

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Breaking News: Initiate Mammography Screening at 50, not 40, Says USPSTF.

November 17, 2009
Breaking News: Initiate Mammography Screening at 50, not 40, Says USPSTF.

Aalok Turakhia, MD

As the debate over when to begin screening mammography in women rages on, the United States Prevention Service Task Force (USPSTF) added fuel to the fire by releasing a new recommendation statement in the November 17th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Applying to women aged ≥40 who are not at an increased genetic risk or have had chest irradiation, the USPSTF now recommends biennial screening in women between ages 50-74.  In February 2002, the task force first recommended that annual…

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Clinical Correlations Awarded Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award

November 11, 2009
Clinical Correlations Awarded Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award

We are very excited to announce that Clinical Correlations has been awarded the 2009 Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award.  This awards program, now in it’s tenth year,  is the largest web-oriented awards program that is focused exclusively on healthcare.  The program attracts over 1100 entrants. Clinical Correlations won this award in the Best Health/Healthcare Content-Physician/Clinician Focused Site category.   To win this prestigious award as we celebrate our third anniversary is a tremendous accomplishment.  Thank you to all our editors and authors who have continued…

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Breaking News: FDA issues new warning for Exenatide (Byetta®)

November 5, 2009
Breaking News: FDA issues new warning for Exenatide (Byetta®)

Kanika Ballani, Pharm.D.
Diana Hubulasvili, Pharm.D.

 Developed by Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Exenatide (Byetta®) is an incretin mimetic that is used as an adjunctive therapy with metformin, a sulfonylurea or a thiazolidinedione to improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients. Mechanistically, Exenatide mimics the actions of endogenous incretin hormone, glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1), causing an increase in insulin secretion which slows gastric emptying and leads to a decrease in food intake. On November 3rd 2009, the FDA issued a safety warning on Exenatide associating…

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Breaking News: Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Ban on Vicodin and Percocet

July 1, 2009
Breaking News: Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Ban on Vicodin and Percocet

Aalok Turakhia MD

In an attempt to err on the side of safety, an advisory panel to the Federal Food and Drug Administration narrowly voted yesterday to ban the popular prescription pain medications Percocet and Vicodin, in a 20-17 vote.Both medications are a combination of a narcotic and acetaminophen, and according to the New York Times, it was a growing concern over the safety of acetaminophen that prompted the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to assemble in Adelphi,…

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Clinical Correlations Now Indexed in TRIP Database

May 29, 2009
Clinical Correlations Now Indexed in TRIP Database

We are excited to formally announce a new feature of Clinical Correlations. A search box (bottom right of the page) now allows our readers to carry out a direct search of the TRIP Database.

The TRIP Database, now in its 12th year, is an excellent search engine with a focus on providing clinicians with the best available evidence to answer their clinical questions, in keeping with the mission of Clinical Correlations. The TRIP Database is continuously updated with resources that use…

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Breaking News: Swine Flu Reaches New York

April 26, 2009
Breaking News: Swine Flu Reaches New York

Eunice Kang, MD

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed eight cases of swine influenza A (A/H1N1) virus infection in New York City, in addition to a dozen cases caused by the same strain scattered throughout California, Texas, Ohio, and Kansas. The eight confirmed cases in New York are in students who just returned from a trip to Mexico, where officials began reporting three separate outbreaks of influenza-like illness beginning March 18th. According to the New York Times there have…

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BREAKING NEWS: Another Nut that You’d Rather Not…

March 31, 2009
BREAKING NEWS: Another Nut that You’d Rather Not…

FDA ALERTS CONSUMERS TO RECALL OF PISTACHIO PRODUCTS

Commentary by Rebecca Hall MD, PGY-1

Growing concerns over Salmonella  contamination of pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc in California have lead the manufacturer to voluntarily recall about a million pounds of its pistachio containing products. 1  The recall involves bulk lots o f roasted shelled pistachios and roasted inshell pistachios shipped on or after September 1st 2008. 2 Because pistachios are a component of numerous other products including many baked…

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