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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 6, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chelsey Forbess, MS4

Faculty Peer Reviewed

While some people in this country have been following the Republican primary elections this past week, others trending the economy, and others observing the changing global weather patterns, I think it is safe to say that most people have been focused on Super Bowl XLVI. Whether you root for Eli, Tom, or Madonna, the Super Bowl unites all of America in the name of sports. (And television.) Unfortunately, watching football has also become synonymous with high-cholesterol foods like…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 30, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert Fakheri, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address. He comforted us that Osama bin Laden, much like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, is still dead. Meanwhile, the auto industry is well on its way to recovery and US exports are on the rise. Other comforting news are plans for reforms in the tax code that will simplify regulations and ensure fairness so that secretaries are not obliged to pay higher tax rates than their billionaire…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 23, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Hormozdi, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With snow blanketing much of the Northeast it feels like winter has finally reared its ugly head here in New York City. While the hassle of shoveling snow and icy sidewalks may put a damper on your weekday plans, PrimeCuts is here to offer you a bit of respite with this week’s leading medical news. So sit back, pour yourself a warm beverage, and enjoy this week’s edition of Primecuts!

This week, controversy surrounding screening tests continues to…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 17, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matt Neimat, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With the upcoming elections, a hot topic of debate is healthcare reform and it appears as though even the government is making New Year’s resolutions. A recent article in the Boston Globe detailed an interesting new healthcare intuitive: beginning on January 1 2012, 32 hospitals and doctor groups, including five in Massachusetts, launched a new healthcare model called Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) aimed at improving care incentives while lowering healthcare costs . ACOs contract with healthcare payers such…

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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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