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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

February 8, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Rachana Jani, MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Women’s health stepped into the spotlight this week as the public and the media painted New York City red for cardiovascular awareness.  And appropriately so, as new information about heart disease in women continues to emerge. In the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, a population-based study found that elderly women with gout were at increased risk of acute myocardial infarction compared to men with this ailment.  De Vera et al found that…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

February 1, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Carolina Cabral MD

Faculty peer reviewed

As the world continues to witness the earthquake aftermath in Haiti, the stories and statistics become more unsettling. As the New York Times reported this week, after the devastating earthquake struck what was already one of the world’s most impoverished nations, Haiti saw the collapse or severe damage of 20,000 commercial buildings and 225,000 residences (1). The death toll has risen above 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince area alone, not to mention those who…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 26, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Jon-Emile Kenny MD

Faculty peer reviewed

As the leading cause of death in the United States (1), cardiovascular disease enjoys much basic and clinical research. This week’s PrimeCuts will focus on recent inquiry and review pertaining to this vital system.

JAMA reported that researchers have highlighted a putative link between omega-3 fatty acids and molecular aging in patients with baseline coronary heart disease (2). Telomeres are important lengths of DNA at the ends of chromosomes. Due to…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

January 18, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Megha Shah, MD

Facutly Peer Reviewed

As you sit down to read this week’s Primecuts, just take a few moments to think about those affected by the tradegy in Haiti. The devastating earthquake that shook the small nation early last week not only affected the nine million inhabitants that call it home but people all over the world, including, as we do live in a global city, our colleagues, neighbors, and patients. As members of the medical community, it…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 11, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Kathir Palanisamy MD

Faculty peer reviewed

With the recent Christmas day terrorist attack fresh in our memories, the New York Times published an article about some of the health risks of the proposed whole body airport scanners. The two major technologies used in these whole body scanners are backscatter and millimeter wave. Backscatter scanners use ionizing radiation, about 1% of the amount used in dental x-rays. To put this into perspective according to Robert Barish’s book, “The Invisible…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 4, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ramin Hastings MD

Faculty peer reviewed

While the journals and media continue to focus on the H1N1 virus, an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sparked a good deal of controversy. In fact, the New York Times referenced the study in an article entitled, “F.D.A to Seek New Standards on Human Tests (1).” Dhruva et al set out to study the premarket approval process for medical devices and the quality of the evidence used…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 28, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Kevin Hsueh, MD

This week finally sees the passage of a belated, but significant milestone in healthcare reform in the United States.  On Christmas Eve ’09, the Senate passed its version of the healthcare reform bill,  potentially setting in motion a radical shift in the way health coverage is provided in the United States.  Of course, significant political wrangling still is yet to be done, as both the House and Senate versions need to be reconciled prior to…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 22, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Ishmeal Bradley, MD

The year 2009 could aptly be named “The Year of the Swine Flu.” Indeed, the emergence of a new influenza pandemic was the biggest health story of the year. In a rather tongue-in-cheek approach, the journal Science named the new H1N1 strain “Virus of the Year.” (1) While the public health community had been focused on Asia as the source of the next great influenza pandemic, especially given the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in 2003, H1N1 surfaced…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 14, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Sarah Lee, MD

As the national healthcare debate rages on and while winter decides to give us a premature hello,  Primecuts turns its view towards the overuse of antibiotics in the Petri dish we call the intensive care unit, more discussion on the HIV vaccine we discussed last week, the plight of the uninsured and an in depth analysis of the Tiger Woods story… ok now that we have your attention…

Throughout the world today, infection continues to…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 7, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Joshua Strauss MD

Faculty peer reviewed

The weather in the Northeast dipped below freezing over the weekend, along with our first snowfall of the season.  Breaking out the heavy coats, scarves and gloves, we have become acutely aware that the winter is fast approaching.  This also means that we are still in the midst of flu season.  Of course, this flu season is not a typical one, with the country worrying about both the seasonal flu as well as the…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 30, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

David Ecker MD

Faculty peer reviewed

With Thanksgiving behind us, hopefully we have all had a chance to ruminate on the flurry of changes to cancer screening guidelines and the public reaction they generated. This week the NEJM has published a series of perspectives that not only detail the rationale for those changes but also provide a guide for their interpretation in order to facilitate advice for concerned patient populations.(1,2,3)  They also address some of the missteps in framing…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 23, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Rennie Rhee MD

Less is more, some say, and this past week the general direction of screening guidelines seems to affirm this mantra.  After an unprecedented change in the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) guidelines for breast cancer screening, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists1 (ACOG) announced on Friday, November 20th their new recommendation to delay the onset of cervical cancer screening and to screen less frequently. Of course, following years of aggressive campaigning for preventive medicine and…

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