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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 20, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Megha Shah, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Captain America has a shield, Thor has a hammer, the Green Lantern has a power ring, and we…well, we have our stethoscopes. While Dr. Superhero may not be the next big blockbuster to hit the movie theaters this summer, we as healthcare professionals certainly do our share in battling many of the villains- cardiac disease, dementia, cancer – that threaten us everyday. And while the X-Men might turn to Professor X for guidance and wisdom, you can always…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 13, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Christopher Schultz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

News about the devastating tornado that flattened Joplin, MO had begun to fall from the headlines until reports of a relatively rare fungal infection in a surprisingly large number of people emerged this week. Mucormycosis is generally spread via puncture wounds or through the air, not person-to-person. It mainly inflicts its woes on those with impaired immune systems. More troubling was the recent E. coli outbreak in Germany which caused 31 deaths and sickened thousands. Health officials…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 6, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Aviva Regev

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Hello?  Can you hear me now?  Making big headlines this week is a topic that is likely to hit very close to home for many of our readers, as well as people from all walks of life, across the globe.  The World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a press release classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields – those emitted by cellular phones – as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”  The…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 31, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Varun Verma, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Our thoughts and prayers this week are with the victims of Joplin, Missouri, who struggle to rebuild their lives after being struck with one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history. Although we can do little about unpredictable natural occurrences, this week’s medical journals reveal some promising interventions that may help us improve the health of our patients.

The New York Times highlighted the National Institutes of…

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