Systems

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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Should we treat asymptomatic autoimmune hepatitis?

April 30, 2009
Should we treat asymptomatic autoimmune hepatitis?

Bani Chander MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a progressive, inflammatory disease of the liver of unknown etiology and may progress to cirrhosis. While it is does have a predilection for women, this disease entity crosses genders and ethnic groups, and may occur in both adults and children. AIH is characterized by a fluctuating course and is often associated with autoimmune features including hypergammaglobulinemia, circulating serum autoantibodies, and hepatitis with lymphoplasmacytic infiltration on liver biopsy . Autoimmune…

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Mystery Quiz

April 28, 2009
Mystery Quiz

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

The patient is a 42 year old man with a history of non-productive cough for several weeks. Three weeks prior to evaluation by the pulmonary service, the patient presented to the ER with a presumed vasovagal syncopal event that occurred on a subway platform. The patient’s prior medical history included allergic sinusitis and nasal polypectomy. Other than cough, the patient denied constitutional symptoms. The patient was not taking any medications.…

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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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The Skinny on Cachexia…Can it be Treated?

April 22, 2009
The Skinny on Cachexia…Can it be Treated?

Michael T. Tees, MD, MPH

On the wards and in the clinic, the physician is frequently presented with a patient with a decreased appetite and alarming weight loss. The patient is likely frustrated with their own fraility, the family is upset at the poor nutritional state of their loved one, but the healthcare provider should be the most concerned. This clinical presentation without a prior diagnosis is worrisome, and if the patient does have an underlying etiology, this likely represents progression.…

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Clinical Questions: How do you dose argatroban?

April 16, 2009
Clinical Questions: How do you dose argatroban?

Frederick Gandolfo, MD

Case: An 85 year-old woman admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and after a prolonged hospital course developed heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). She is currently being treated with argatroban and her platelet counts are recovering. You are the covering physician and are called by the lab for an INR of 12 on her routine labs. The patient shows no signs of bleeding and she is not on warfarin. The PTT at the time…

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Grand Rounds: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

April 15, 2009
Grand Rounds: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Summary by Daniel Frenkel MD

Please also see the clinical vignette presented before grand rounds on the 1st of April.

In his grand rounds lecture on April 1st 2009, Dr. Fritz Francois enlightened us to some novel aspects of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Despite simple and effective treatment approaches such as acid suppression medication, Dr. Francois explored “why the issues are still burning?” by discussing the changing face of GERD, the connection to obesity, and it’s association with Helicobacter Pylori.…

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Grand Rounds: Purines, Alcohol, and Fatty Liver Disease

April 8, 2009
Grand Rounds: Purines, Alcohol, and Fatty Liver Disease

Commentary by Peter Shue MD, PGY-3

The medical grand rounds presentation on March 4, 2009 was delivered by a distinguished NYU faculty member and research investigator, Dr. Bruce Cronstein.  Although his training and research is primarily in rheumatology, he breathed new insight into mechanisms of fatty liver disease.  In his talk, he reviewed his own published experiments showing that fatty liver disease, similar to gout, is potentiated by elevations in adenosine. …

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