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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

May 10, 2010
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

Michael Tanner, MD  Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations

Hemoglobin Targets in Chronic Kidney Disease

Approved by the FDA in 1989, the success of erythropoietin in patients with chronic kidney disease and transfusion-dependent anemia led to trials testing the possible benefits of  progressively higher hemoglobin targets.   This week’s Annals of Internal Medicine (1) features a systematic review by Palmer et al of 27 trials of erythropoietin and darbepoietin titrated to various hemoglobin targets.  The review concludes that  hemoglobin targets of >13.0 g/L are associated with increased…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

May 3, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

 The 21st Running of the City of Pittsburgh Marathon

 Michael Ford, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

I am filing this dispatch from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A former home of steel, bratwurst, Iron City Beer, and cigarettes, Pittsburgh today finds itself lurching somewhat awkwardly along a transitional path toward gleaming healthcare and biotech excellence.  This location seems appropriate, as it was home to me for 10 years prior to relocating to NYC to begin a medical career.  It was here…

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Primecuts: This Week In the Journals

April 26, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In the Journals

Bora Toklu, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the spring is phasing in, it’s again that time of the year when an uncomfortable guilt sets in as you recover from the sedentary life of winter and confront those extra pounds that the winter has snuck in. People seem to rely mostly on “diet and exercise” to make it into skimpy summer swim suits—a virtual seasonal ritual of our modern society. There is not much of a dispute over how to…

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Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

April 19, 2010
Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

Chau Che, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In the economic news this week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 11,000 for the first time since September 2008.  It appears that the economy is rebounding, and despite the news of fraud charges against Goldman Sachs at the end of the week, the Dow Jones still managed to close the week above 11,000.  This provides hope that the United States is heading towards economic recovery. The medical journals also echoed hopes of recovery by addressing…

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Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

April 12, 2010
Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

Robert Gianotti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Welcome back to this week’s edition of prime cuts. For all you sports fans out there it has been filled with some exciting comebacks and breaking news. Earlier in the week, Duke was restored as the number one team in the nation as they edged out the Butler Bulldogs (61-59) to return to their former glory as the best in the NCAA. This week also marks the 74th Masters Golf Tournament featuring none…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

April 5, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ankit Parikh MD

Faculty peer reviewed

It is time for the first Primecuts of April and the signs of spring are all around us. But before we spring forward into this edition of Primecuts, let us take a look back and reflect on “March Madness.” With all apologies to fans of Butler and Duke, this year “March Madness” was all about the historic battle for health care reform and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act two…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

March 29, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Kara Greenwald, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The United States medical community, still reeling from an exciting debate in Congress, has revealed its cautiously optimistic side this week in the journals and press.  At once there is exciting news for liver disease,  a fresh look at the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) – clopidogrel interaction, an update on global MDR-TB and XDR-TB, and from the FDA some news that may surprise you. The theme in medical news this week…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

March 22, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

 
Carolyn Bevan MD

Faculty peer reviewed

 

 This week, as the House passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the medical community highlighted some of its most recent achievements in medical science. The 59th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology convened from March 14-16. The meeting delivered on its promise of presenting some of the most exciting developments in the field, including new drugs, new data on safety and efficacy, and updates in interventional technology…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

March 15, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Christopher Tully MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Hello again Primecutters and welcome to another edition of your favorite weekly blog. Our fearless editor has allowed me a repeat performance of last week and I am honored to provide the followers of this column with another scintillating tale of the week’s medical knowledge.Dyslipidemia is a common clinical problem and its control is a mainstay of inpatient and outpatient internal medicine. While statins are miraculous in their ability to treat and control…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

March 8, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Christopher Tully MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Although the frequent rounds of snow hitting New York City and First Avenue (hopefully) seem to be coming to an end and the outside world is drawing New Yorkers out of their winter bubbles, Primecuts is still here inside for your indoor reading.  

In an open-label, randomized controlled trial based in South Africa and published in the NEJM,  patients diagnosed with both HIV infection and tuberculosis were assigned to start anti-retroviral…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

March 1, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ishmeal Bradley MD

Faculty peer reviewed

As America enters Year Two of the current economic recession, unemployment and underemployment still remain incontrovertibly high. Not surprisingly, doctors, like other Americans, are working fewer hours these days, too. The New York Times published the result of a study from JAMA this week about the decline in the number of hours that physicians put in per week (1, 2). In their population survey study, they queried over 27,000 doctors from 1977 to…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

February 22, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Emily Taylor, MD

Can your case of seasonal affective disorder be cured by a healthy dose of the Vancouver Olympics?  A commentary in this week’s JAMA addressed the Winter Olympics as a prime opportunity to promote safety helmets for alpine sports.  There are approximately 600,000 ski-slope injuries a year, of which 15-20% include traumatic brain injury. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is quoted as claiming that 44% of these injuries are preventable by wearing a safety helmet, but despite these strong recommendations,…

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