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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 9, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Daniel Diaz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Now that the New Year has rolled in and winter has finally started to declare itself, it’s time for us to stop making resolutions and start acting upon them. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, or getting into shape, January is a very popular time to turn over a new leaf judging by the number of new gym memberships and fad diets that abound this time of year.

For those of us who overindulged during the holiday season,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 3, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Alexandra Sowa, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Happy New Year!

For nostalgia’s sake, let’s take a look back before we begin to look forward. The December 21st edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) detailed a fascinating study on resting heart rate.

Although resting heart rate is widely recognized as an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk, little is known about the temporal effects of resting heart rate (RHR) on mortality (Fox). Researchers in Norway attempted to bridge this gap by examining the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 27, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Synphen H. WU, MD, PhD.

Faculty Peer Review

Welcome to the final Primecuts of the year!

As 2011 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2012, the state of the economy continues to weigh on people’s minds. This week, just in time for Christmas, Congress approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, which had been set to expire on December 31st. The bill prevented a 2% increase in the payroll tax rate, an end to emergency federal unemployment benefits, and…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 20, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jason Feliberti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

“Tis the season to be Jolly,” and if you’re like me “Tis the season to hope for new toys.” The Holidays are around the corner, and if there is any evidence behind the massive shopping that was done during the Black Friday weekend, new electronics are the hot items. However, in the medical profession where so much movement is towards the implementation of technology to improve care-coordination and patient outcomes; some speculate that these devices may be…

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

December 12, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Sunnie Kim, MD

Faculty Peer Review

In an effort to steer clear of financial collapse, European leaders announced last week that they signed an intergovernmental treaty to enforce stricter budgetary discipline. The treaty, a result of nearly ten hours of talks, will hopefully begin the process of stabilizing the Eurozone. The bigger news may be that Britain finds itself the lone man out after refusing to sign the treaty after being denied some exemptions to the fiscal regulations. Although the rest of the world…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 6, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicholas Amoroso, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The Holidays Are Upon Us…Mostly in Our Waistline Region

At this time of year our daily doses of gingerbread cookies, pumpkin pies, and glasses of wine are inversely proportional to the number of workouts and bike rides we partake in.

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Wadden and colleagues published a trial of obesity treatment in primary care, randomizing 390 obese adults to 3 different lifestyle interventions. Groups were assigned to either quarterly brief lifestyle…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 28, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rachel Bond, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A Gift…From Yourself? Stem Cells.

With Thanksgiving just passing, it is hard not to comment on all one can be thankful for. Now, with ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Let it Snow’ blasting at the retail stores, it is also not too hard to succumb to the holiday cheer. With the holidays close in sight, why not start talking about gift giving? As physicians, we have a lot to be thankful for, and the ultimate gift we can provide…

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

November 21, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Juliette Provenzano-Gober, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The FDA announced this week that they are revoking Avastin (bevacizumab) approval for treatment of metastatic HER 2 negative breast cancer. The FDA commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, concluded that Avastin has serious side effects such as elevated blood pressure and hemorrhage without proof that it will provide benefit. Hypertension can lead to further cardiovascular complications and with questionable oncological benefit, this drug will no longer be recommended for patients with breast cancer. This brings us to…

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Primecuts – This week in the Journals

November 14, 2011
Primecuts – This week in the Journals

By Joshua Palmer

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Facts on the Tip of My Tongue

There are three notable things about November 14th. It is the birthday of Frederick Banting (the discoverer of insulin), it is World Diabetes Day and um…uh…Banting and Diabetes Day um… well I forgot the third…sorry…oops. Oh yeah, this year’s diabetes slogan is “Act on Diabetes. Now” . All joking and Rick-Perry-memory lapses aside, this week was notable. The United States Department of Health and Human Services put out a new 2010-2020 set…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 7, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jessica Taff, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The New York City Marathon this past weekend marked a yearly event in the city’s lifecycle. As the leaves fall and a November chill fills the air, the race reminds us of the importance of physical activity to our health maintenance. And just when we thought it was too late to reactivate those new year’s resolutions, we were gifted with an extra hour from the daylight savings gods.

In line with this reflection on health prevention and health…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

November 1, 2011
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Todd Cutler, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and Primecuts bubble!

Welcome to a special Halloween edition of Primecuts!

For the past ten years the drug Xigris (human activated protein C or drotrecogin alfa) and its manufacturer have been mired in drama and controversy. Once projected to reach a billion dollars in yearly sales, Xigris has continually disappointed both in the boardroom and in the intensive care unit. The final chapter in this saga appears to have been written…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 24, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Demetrios Tzimas, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In our last Primecuts, Dr. Mathew Robinson reported on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s new recommendation against measuring prostate specific antigen (PSA) as a method of screening for prostate cancer.  This week, prostate cancer has made it back into the headlines. JAMA  reports on some concerning findings in an extended follow-up of the original Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).  The original trial was initiated because of prior retrospective evidence that Selenium and Vitamin E…

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