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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 4, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Karen Kan

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the world continues to monitor the deteriorating political situation in North Africa, this week offered more hopeful news on the national front with the addition of 216,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in March . In matters closer to medicine, this week the journals highlighted the emergence of a promising new medication to treat hepatitis C as well as new ways to think about how we diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 28, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vicky Jones, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week in research had some interesting findings that may change the way we prevent, diagnose, and treat disease across disciplines.

At the 31st annual International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine last week, the PROTECT investigators showed that dalteparin and unfractionated heparin are equivalent in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis. The investigators, from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, conducted a multicenter randomized controlled trial in ICU…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 21, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ben Wu, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the long winter gives way to a tumultuous spring, we find our attention torn between budding revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East and the worsening environmental catastrophe in Japan. In the midst of these political and public health crises, news of an emerging disease is coming out of China, Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS).  Doctors there have identified a novel bunyavirus as the cause of SFTS. The…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 14, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Aviva Regev 

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Spring is in the air: warmer weather, longer days, flowers blooming, and of course, seasonal allergies.  While allergies may be a common cause of respiratory complaints in an outpatient setting, patients suffering from shortness of breath in the hospital are likely to be suffering from some more serious ailments.  The focus of this week’s Primecuts will be on two of the major players in this group: congestive heart failure (CHF) and pneumonia.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 7, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Daniel Eiras, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In world news this week, we witnessed continued violence in Northern Africa as intense fighting between Libyan rebels and pro-Gadhafi troops in the Libyan cities of Zawiyah and Misrata saw 60 people killed, raising the confirmed number of dead to more than 300 since protests began in Libya on February 17th.   The true death toll is unknown, however, and some authorities including the Human Rights League believe that the accurate…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 28, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jason Feliberti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In World news, as the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa continues, increased uncertainty of crude oil production in the region has led to a volatile market for crude oil . With pricing currently at $97.88 a barrel, and climbing, the rising costs of crude oil may threaten the U.S. economic recovery; from decreased consumer spending, to decreased rates of hiring .  Natural gas has been proposed as a “cleaner”…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 22, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chesda Eng, MD, PGY-1

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but Cupid’s influence lingers. Couples were out and about this week in New York City enjoying a preview of spring weather. We too will be dealing with matters of the heart in our weekly installment of Primecuts.

 First from the Archives of Internal Medicine comes an examination of resources used in the last 6 months of life among Medicare patients with congestive heart…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 14, 2011
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Kara Greenwald, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Good morning.  As the snow melts away from New York City and the sun can once again shine on the city streets that we take for granted, the US Medical Community is too re-examining practice standards that we take for granted. This purposeful reflection seems to be an attempt to expand evidence-based practice, improve patient outcomes and reduce health-care expenditures. This week several groups provided new perspective on old issues including the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 7, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Santosh Vardhana

Faculty Peer Reviewed

After the greatest professional sporting day of the year, count on Primecuts to bring football and medical science together without the requisite discussion of dementia pugilistica!  As all-time great Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi said, “The best defense is a great offense.” Numerous articles in the past few weeks may help arm physicians with better offensive weapons for the attack against inflammation, infectious disease, and cardiovascular disease. 

 New strategies have been few…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 31, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matt Johnson, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 After surveying the bevy of medical literature this week, a common theme that emerged was that of the many disparities in the world of global health.

 In the New York Times, there was an article about the impact of “lady health workers,” as they are called in Pakistan, on maternal and newborn health . This was based on a study published in The Lancet which evaluated the effectiveness of…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 24, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jeff Shyu, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week saw the passage of the Health Care Repeal Act by the now Republican led House of Representatives. This symbolic gesture has little chance of surviving the Senate but almost certainly represents the opening salvo in what will likely be two more years of horse-trading over the legislation, leading up to the 2012 presidential election. One would hope that this next round of debate will contain less vitriol in light of…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 18, 2011
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Keri Herzog, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week we watched the nation come together following the shootings in Tucson, Arizona. President Obama eulogized those killed in the tragedy and urged us to ensure that we are “talking with each other in a way that heals.” As a grieving nation struggled to find meaning in the actions of a troubled young assassin, the President also reminded us that “terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.” While…

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