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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 20, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jennifer Dong, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In health news this past week, there has been a significant focus on the obesity problem in the United States as well as closer attention to medical education and the quality of healthcare physicians deliver in the current system.

Both the New York Times and Reuters online reported this week that U.S. advisors have rejected the new Arena weight-loss drug, Lorcaserin, which works by mimicking serotonin in the brain and suppressing…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 13, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Karin Warltier, MD 

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 This past Thursday the US Court of Appeals ruled that the federal financing of embryonic stem cell research could continue while the court reconsiders last month’s ruling by Chief Judge Lambert of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia (see Primecuts August 30, 2010 by Ha Na Kim, MD). As Gardiner Harris of the New York Times stated, this ruling “could save research mice from being euthanized, cells in petri…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 7, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gopi Nayak, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week as Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, President Obama calls for major spending on public works to jump-start the economy, while tennis stars continue to battle it out at Arthur Ashe stadium.

 In medical news, this week’s JAMA featured a prospective multicenter cohort study of women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations to estimate the risk and mortality reduction following prophylactic mastectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy, specifically stratifying…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 30, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Han Na Kim, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In the national news, a ruling came from Washington DC that shocked NIH scientists and researchers across the nation’s universities. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against President Obama’s stem cell policy and stopped federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that destroys embryos, claiming that this violates the Dickey-Wicker Amendment regarding federal spending bills. Lamberth commented, “The Dickey-Wicker Amendment unambiguously prohibits the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 23, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joshua Smith, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As I am sure many of my fellow interns can attest, choosing to begin one’s year on the wards and as a night float at  Bellevue Hospital has resulted in two predictable outcomes: an unbelievable appreciation for free time and an utter lack of knowledge regarding anything occurring outside the 10 block radius of NYU’s three hospitals.  Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm that, thanks to an elective block, I have once…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 16, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ami Jhaveri, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In the headlines this week, The New York Times featured an article describing a test capable of identifying biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid to diagnose patients with Alzheimer’s disease.  This article is based on a study that was published this week in the Archives of Neurology.  Previously, Alzheimer’s disease could only be diagnosed based on clinical suspicion until a definite diagnosis was available with autopsy.  In the study by De Meyer et al., researchers measured levels of…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

August 9, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Caprice Cadacio, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Last month my fellow interns and I were enveloped by the fury that is known as July, the month infamous for shocking young interns into realizing they are now doctors.  I was fortunate to have started on Ambulatory Care meaning my evenings and weekends were still mine to enjoy and in the midst of this August elective, I continue to hold on to my summer.  In a few weeks, however, I will…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 2, 2010
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Deborah Hemel, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

One of the many advantages of being on elective this week was that I finally had the pleasure of spending time outside and experiencing the heat wave with millions of other sweaty, malodorous New Yorkers. Our sultry plight, however, was dwarfed by far graver weather problems in other parts of the world: record floods in Iowa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China have killed hundreds, if not thousands of people, while a destructive heat…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

July 26, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Aimee Edell, MD

Gratefully returning to daylight after a two-week stint assigned to the night float service, I’ve been observing the week’s events with great mirth.  It seems bedbugs have continued on their squirm-inducing rise to power and glory, causing panic on Park Avenue; the iPhone design flaw, dubbed “antennagate”, has threatened to undermine Apple’s ultimate superiority on the smartphone front (1); and Sarah Palin has found herself in yet another public snafu, this time mixed up with the unlikely…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

July 19, 2010
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By David Veal, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Recent international intrigue–replete with secret identities and coded messages–reached a dénouement when ten Russian agents were exchanged for four Americans in Vienna and an Iranian scientist residing in the US repatriated.  Despite our popular culture’s fascination with clandestine politics, these events unfolded without the panache that comes with ordering a martini shaken, not stirred, or the quixotic mojo of a certain Austin “Danger” Powers.  Instead, with much speculation about what lies ahead…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

July 12, 2010
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Dana Clutter, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 As HIV/AIDS researchers around the world prepare for the upcoming 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna from July 18-23, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been in the spotlight. We begin with an encouraging report that the Obama administration has pledged an extra $25 million to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) . Anxiety surrounding the placement of more and more HIV-infected Americans on record-length waitlists for ART (now totaling 2100 patients across 11…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

July 6, 2010
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By David Hormozdi, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Ah July! A time filled with backyard barbeques, family vacations, and fireworks.  But for new attendings, fellows, and housestaff across the country, July 1 marks the start of added responsibility, trepidation, and autonomy.  With the added responsibility comes the age-old phrase – do no harm – and in this weeks Primecuts we explore controversial medications that may be doing little good for our patients.  This week we will take another look at…

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