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Meeting Perspectives: The 2009 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference

July 8, 2009
Meeting Perspectives: The 2009 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference

Commentary by Kristy Bauer MD and Nishay Chitkara MD, NYU Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The 2009 meeting of the American Thoracic Society took place in sunny San Diego, California from May 15-20. The ATS meeting is the largest gathering of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals, and features over 5300 original research studies and scientific presentations. San Diego has long been a frequent host to the ATS meeting, with its ideal location. The large…

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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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Myths and Realities: Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

June 18, 2009
Myths and Realities: Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Chau Che MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In an age when two thirds of adults are either overweight or obese and obesity rates in children continue to rise, would an intervention such as consuming breakfast daily help combat this problem? Skipping breakfast has become increasingly common in adults and adolescents in the United States, with the proportion of adults and children skipping breakfast increasing from fourteen to twenty-five percent between 1965 and 1991 (1,3). Additionally, skipping breakfast may be detrimental to…

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Premature Coronary Artery Disease

June 17, 2009
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Premature Coronary Artery Disease

Ishmeal  Bradley MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Ms. W is a 35 yo woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus diagnosed 10 years ago. Her only medications are hydroxychloroquine and prednisone for occasional disease flares. She is otherwise healthy. She has no known personal or family history of cardiac disease or stroke, but does smoke ½ pack of cigarettes per day. Currently, she denies any chest pain, shortness of breath, urinary symptoms, lower extremity edema, or menstrual irregularities, but does…

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How Should You Approach a Patient Co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C?

June 11, 2009
How Should You Approach a Patient Co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C?

Uzma Sarwar MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With advancement in therapy, life expectancy has significantly increased among HIV-infected patients, and patients are now more likely to succumb to chronic disease processes. At present, approximately one third of deaths in HIV patients are related to liver disease, which has become the leading cause of death amongst HIV patients. The risk of death from liver disease in HIV patients is inversely related to their CD4 count. Infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) accounts…

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Grand Rounds: Primary Aldosteronism, Beyond Conn’s Syndrome

June 4, 2009
Grand Rounds: Primary Aldosteronism, Beyond Conn’s Syndrome

Michael Chu MD

Please also see the clinical vignette presented before Grand Rounds on the 21st of May.

The Medical Grand Rounds presentation on May 21, 2009 titled “Primary Aldosteronism, Beyond Conn’s Syndrome” was delivered by Dr. William F. Young M.D., Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Young’s talk began with the index case of hyperaldosteronism that was described by Dr. Jerome Conn in the 1950’s, through the advances in the diagnosis of…

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Class Act: A Multivitamin a Day – Does It Really Keep the Doctor Away?

June 3, 2009
Class Act: A Multivitamin a Day – Does It Really Keep the Doctor Away?

Does daily use of a multivitamin help prevent illness and chronic disease?

Kate Gibson, MS-4

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A 65 year old male patient with a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia comes into the clinic for a regular visit. On his way out he asks, “Should I be taking a multivitamin?” You stop and think for a minute and decide, why not? But is there any actual evidence supporting the effectiveness of daily use of a multivitamin?…

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Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

May 20, 2009
Myths and Realities: Do Power Lines Cause Cancer?

Aditya Mattoo MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Prompted by personal experience, I thought I would explore the alleged causative role of power lines in hematologic malignancies for the next installment of Myths and Realities. In recent years, two close family friends living at separate locations but in homes adjacent to lots with electrical transformers were diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Naturally, the coincidence was not unnoticed, so I decided to put power lines on trial…

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Class Act: Cardiac CT to Assess Coronary Artery Calcium

May 17, 2009
Class Act: Cardiac CT to Assess Coronary Artery Calcium

Matthew Nayor

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The patient: a 55 year old male nonsmoker with an HDL of 46, LDL of 120, triglycerides of 70, BP of 135/80 (on meds) and total cholesterol of 180. (Framingham 10-year risk of MI = 12%)

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Despite our understanding of how family history, toxic habits, cholesterol, and blood pressure affect the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), there is a clear need to…

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Does Acetazolamide Prevent Altitude Sickness?

May 7, 2009
Does Acetazolamide Prevent Altitude Sickness?

Seema Pursnani MD

Because your parents have designated you as the family doctor, your Uncle Joe calls to ask you if he should take this medication called Diamox before going trekking in the Himalayas. You work at Bellevue in New York City: who climbs mountains here? What do you say?

Why do illnesses develop from changes in altitude?

The essential culprit is the fall in atmospheric pressure with an increase in altitude. While at sea level, barometric pressure (Pb) is ~760mm Hg (1atm), whereas at…

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Grand Rounds: The Role of Omega-3 fatty Acids in Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 6, 2009
Grand Rounds: The Role of Omega-3 fatty Acids in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Owen MD

Please also see the clinical vignette presented before Grand Rounds on the 15th of April.

Grand rounds on April 15th was presented by Dr. Joel Kremer, Pfaff Family Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College and Director of Research at the Center for Rheumatology. Dr. Kremer informed the NYU community about the role of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Kremer began with an overview of fatty…

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Mystery Quiz- The Answer

May 1, 2009
Mystery Quiz- The Answer

Posted by Vivian Hayashi MD and Robert Smith MD, Mystery Quiz Section Editors

The answer to the mystery quiz is sarcoidosis. The CXR shows diffuse, bilateral infiltration with a predominantly nodular pattern. The pulmonary hila are also prominent. The CT image shows innumerable 2-3mm nodules, many of which have a perilymphatic distribution. The lymphatics, in parallel with the pulmonary vasculature, course through the interstitium. Hence, the perilymphatic nodularity has an interstitial distribution and appears as “studding” along the interstitium which is…

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