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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

May 1, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Matthew Ingham, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

History provides many examples of medical interventions that were intended for one use, but were ultimately found therapeutic for a wholly different purpose. A review of this week’s prominent medical journals finds a number of studies proposing new applications for established treatments, including the use of bariatric surgery for inducing the remission of diabetes, bone marrow cells to improve heart failure, aspirin for prevention of cancer metastasis, and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for preexposure prophylaxis in those…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 23, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

When April with

Her showers sweet

Drives you inside to

Your window seat,

 

We shall excite

Synapses neural

With landmark trials

And doggerel.

 

This cruelest month

Should not deter

A nature curious

With thoughts astir.

 

So electrify

Your occiputs

With this week’s release

Of…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 16, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Becky Naoulou, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week in Primecuts, we will get down to the “heart” of business and discuss several recent publications in cardiovascular research. St. Jude, one of the country’s biggest medical device producers has been in the news recently . A report was recently published in the medical journal HeartRhythm that linked 20 deaths to the failures of a component of a St. Jude implanted heart device. The problem involves a particular model, called the Riata, of a lead that…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 10, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert J Gianotti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Spring has arrived. Here in the Northeast we have been showered with continual sunshine and our flowering trees are approaching full bloom. Whether enjoying matzah or marshmallow peeps we were all blessed with an action packed weekend on the sports front. Opening weekend in baseball came and went with some great wins, some impressive long balls, and one record breaking 16 inning game. The spring tradition continued with the first major tournament in professional golf, The Masters.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 2, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Devyani Kothari, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In news this week, Obama’s healthcare reform is under scrutiny by the Supreme Court, the NCAA’s March Madness comes to a close with the championship game tonight, and Mitt Romey and Rick Santorum are still battling it out in the GOP primaries.

In Primecuts this week, I will present new research on two prevalent and chronic health conditions: type II diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia.

In the first paper, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “Bariatric…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 26, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vincent M. Santillo, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The Wonder Drug that Works Wonders!

On March 21st, readers of the New York Times woke up to the headline “Studies Link Daily Doses of Aspirin to Reduced Risk of Cancer.” The author Roni Rabin stated that daily aspirin “may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading.” Exciting news for those looking for some way to avoid a dreaded diagnosis, as well as those with cancer looking to prevent metastasis. The…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 19, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Pansy Tsang MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

While your weekend may have been filled with Irish Soda bread, beer and college basketball, this week’s journals were heavy on the reproductive system and cancer screening and prevention.

With ever-changing recommendations, many doctors may find themselves confused when it comes to cancer screening in daily practice. As described in last week’s Primecuts, a recent paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed that many US doctors really do not understand cancer screening statistics.

Screening for prostate…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

March 12, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Lakshmi Tummala, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Most readers are probably familiar with the Nurses’ Health Study cohort which provided the data for a possible relationship between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use and the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that was highlighted in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Participants self-reported NSAID and aspirin use every two years and were considered “regular users” if they took the medication at least twice per week. Forty-four percent were considered regular aspirin users…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 6, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Fingerhood, MD, MPH

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the sun set over the Kremlin on Sunday night, Vladimir Putin stood on a well-lit podium and raised his arms in victory following his recently announced repeat presidential nomination. By his side was the current Russian President Dimitri Medved (soon to be Prime Minister), as well as thousands of his supporters who gathered in Manezh Square for the occasion. As questions of fair and balanced elections in Russia arise , we find a renewed interest in…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 27, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jiah Shin Teh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the news that has recently captivated the attention of the city that never sleeps is about the Linsanity of the New York Knicks’ stunning turnaround from a grim prospect for the playoffs to the team to beat. The media naturally has put a microscope on Jeremy Lin’s zero-to-hero story giving it countless perspectives. Along with the movie Moneyball, Lin’s story highlights the fact that in any line of work, things…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 22, 2012
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Aviva Regev

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In honor of President’s day, we’ll start this week’s Primecuts with a look towards Washington, where healthcare issues have made big news in the last week.  Religious groups cried foul at President Obama’s new plan requiring most health plans to include free coverage for contraceptives and sterilization procedures, claiming the government was usurping their right to religious freedom in mandating they pay for services which violate their belief systems.  The President, seemingly surprised by the uproar, came up with…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 13, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Megha Shah, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Celebrity news often, albeit arguably, is the most read, most gripping, and most discussed of the daily headlines. It then comes as no surprise that the news of the untimely deaths of music icons Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and now Whitney Houston surpass that of the Republican primaries, continued unrest in the Middle East, the battle between Catholic bishops and Obama on the issue of birth control, and even (gasp!), the Doritos baby from the Superbowl. Though the…

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