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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 11, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Robinson, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Men like their numbers.  Boys compare little league batting averages.  Teens boast their bench press max. Young men pride themselves in digits ill begotten from a cheap pick-up line.   Older men – those over age 40 – know their PSA (prostate specific antigen) better than the date of their wedding anniversary.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is now taking away this number, and replacing it with a letter, D – the grade they gave to PSA…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 3, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Aviva Regev

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As we start feeling the change in season this week in New York – cooler weather, earlier sunsets, a break from that cloying humidity – it’s easy to see the city in a new light.  This week in the journals, we take a look at common diseases from a fresh perspective.

Putting an HIV patient with a low CD4 count on an immunosuppressive drug might seem like the last thing you’d want to do.  As it turns…

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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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