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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 26, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kevin Hsueh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann set the media abuzz two weeks ago when, during a Republican presidential debate, she called the HPV vaccination a “potentially dangerous drug” that could cause a “negative reaction” in little girls.  Her statement infuriated physicians, not only because it was yet another major national figure endorsing the apparently unkillable myth of the mysteriously toxic vaccination, but also in that here was a government figure contradicting the findings of a report just issued on…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 19, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert J Gianotti, MD

Welcome to the first autumn installment of Primecuts. Here in upstate New York the leaves are already beginning to change as I drink a tasty mug of Oktoberfest. My day of football overindulgence is interrupted only by thoughts of Listeriosis and that tasty cantaloupe sitting uneaten on the counter. My heart goes out to the unfortunate farmers in Colorado as they suffer the aftermath of a rare but serious outbreak of Listeria infection in the heartland. I’m reminded that…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 13, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joshua Strauss, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week included the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against our city and our nation. We remember the horror of that morning, as well as the unity and selflessness displayed by great Americans in the ensuing days, weeks, months and years. We will never forget the events of that morning, even as we continue to heal.

On to the journals:

This past Thursday the FDA advisory panel recommended approval of Rivaroxaban for the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 6, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Keri Herzog, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Hurricane Irene came and went.  Its path of destruction brought flooding and powerful winds, forcing evacuations, causing loss of power and extensive structural damage. It was a time where we all came together, not only for our families and friends, but also for our patients, with common goals of preparedness and safety. The journals this week focused on our patients as well, our sicker patients, and how our initial care and preparedness can make a difference.

This week…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 15, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Megha Shah, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Political unrest in northern Africa. Economic woes in the United States. Shootings in Morningside Heights. A review of the daily news is almost always a somber experience. A closer look, though, can reveal stories that are hopeful and inspirational. The same applies to medical news. With this thought we bring you this week’s Primecuts, a look at the promising, and at times not so promising, current medical literature.

The Annals of Internal Medicine this week published a…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 8, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Bora Toklu, MD

Faculty Peer Review

My friend was sobbing when she called me on the weekend of July 4th. She had become upset when told by a physician that a possible cause of her chronic cough might be lung cancer. Given that my friend is a 30 year-old non-smoker with no family history of cancer, her actual risk of lung cancer is very small. In order to calm her down I found myself explaining the “July effect”. July 1st signals the beginning of…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 1, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anjali Nigalaye, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In keeping with the trend of current times, this week’s Primecuts begins and ends with Washington.  Love it or hate it, the political atmosphere is tense and the issues of debate are all-pervasive, no less in the business of our daily lives as health care professionals.  Paying credence to this fact is new data published this week in Health Affairs that estimates government spending to account for about half of annual health dollars spent by the year…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 25, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vicky Jones, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Hello and welcome to another edition of primecuts! This week we’ll explore studies from the that look at breast cancer screening guidelines, treatment strategies for secondary prevention of myocardial infarction, treatment strategies for alzeimers disease, and the affects of war on health.

In a new practice bulletin published this week, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) took another look at the same studies used by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

July 18, 2011
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Benjamin Wu, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The year started with a bang at NYU and brought with it new faces, opportunities, and challenges.  At the height of summer, we find the changes that are affecting the politics in the United States are similar to those affecting healthcare.  We have a looming debt crisis that may have lasting implications for our nation. While  the government is changing the mentality of ‘business as usual’ with regard to the debt ceiling, healthcare providers find themselves seeing that…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 11, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rachel Bond, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

January 11, 2010: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announces proposed targets for the voluntary reduction of salt found in packaged and restaurant foods. The ultimate goal of this new policy is the reduction in cardiovascular events.

Studies have shown that Americans consume roughly twice the recommended limit of salt each day which can lead to hypertension, a major risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA). Much of…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 5, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Jeffrey Shyu, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the debt ceiling debate continues to rage stateside and as Greece’s financial bailout negotiations take up international headlines, this past week also proved to be a very active and exciting one for medical research.

This edition of Primecuts begins with controversy amongst experts in the spine field. A group of leading researchers submitted a scathing editorial to Spine Journal, blasting industry-sponsored research on recombinant bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), a bone growth product popular in spinal fusion surgeries .…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

June 27, 2011
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Saleem Ali, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

First up this week is a new study in NEJM about a new drug called bardoxalone methyl, currently being studied to treat CKD in patients with diabetes. This drug is an antioxidation inflammation modulator. It activates the Keap1-Nrf pathways that are important in modulating oxidative stress on the kidney. Patients were given placebo vs. various dosages of bardoxalone. Their GFR were measured every 4 weeks for a total of 52 weeks.  The study showed a significant rise…

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