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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 9, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Megha Shah MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Do we fail to make healthy choices simply because we lack information? If we knew that a tall sized Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino with whip had 300 calories, would we order it anyway? Or would we go for the zero calorie Tazo tea option instead? Well, the jury’s still out…In April 2008, a law was passed that required calorie counts to be posted next to prices in all chains with at least 15 outlets…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 2, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Tao Xu MD

Faculty peer reviewed

As we approach the end of fall, with large crowds in a variety of costumes gleefully marching in the pouring rain during the 36th Annual Village Halloween Parade, thoughts about flu season warnings seemed far away. But here is a story that will remind us of the global threat of the H1N1 virus. At the end of November, the annual Mecca will take place in Saudi Arabia, where an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

October 26, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Todd Cutler MD

Faculty peer reviewed

It’s a tired cliché, but this week the flies on the wall at the American Cancer Society were undoubtedly privy to some fascinating conversation. The dialogue began, in the popular press at least, with a special communication published in JAMA, in which the authors sounded a clarion call for a nationwide overhaul of the current breast and prostate cancer screening guidelines. In a strongly-worded argument, the authors synthesized the results of multiple studies…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

October 19, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Chau Che MD

This week ended on a high note in the financial world. The Dow bounced back and crossed the 10,000 mark this week, ultimately ending the week slightly below that mark and Goldman Sachs posted a profit of 3.19 billion in the third quarter, signifying a hopeful return to the days before the financial crisis. However, in retrospect, the financial crisis of 2007 was preventable and could have been avoided if the banks gave out loans with a bit…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

October 12, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Michael Tees, MD, MPH

While the news was dominated by President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, other American Nobel Laureates should not be forgotten. After all, Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak waited over 20 years for theirs. These American scientists shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this week “for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”. American scientists this year are also sharing the Nobel Prize in the field…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

October 5, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Rachana Jani MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As summer officially leaves us and fall sets in, the headlines understandably continue to focus on preventative medicine.  Hopes of an H1N1 vaccine were finally realized last week when Sanofi Pasteur sent out the first batch of this much anticipated vaccine . This week, according to the CDC, 3.4 million doses will be available in the form of a live attenuated nasal spray, which may or may be supplemented with an injectable…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

September 28, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Daria B. Crittenden MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

While health care reform is being hotly debated around the country, one aspect of reform on which most people can probably agree is that better preventive care would benefit us as individuals and as a society. The literature this week echoes this theme of preventive care.
The most recent Annals of Internal Medicine features an article investigating how often young adults utilize the primary care outpatient system and if they receive…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

September 21, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Carolyn Bevan MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With health care spending increasing at an unsustainable rate while an estimated 46 million Americans live without insurance , the urgent need for healthcare reform in the US is clear. Much less obvious, however, is how to go about it. At the beginning of the month, President Obama addressed Congress in a political call to arms, emphasizing that Americans must come together to address this important issue. This week, many of the major…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

September 14, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Michael Ford MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Last spring, The New York Times published a series of articles that examined the status of “the War on Cancer,” initiated some 40 years ago by then president Richard Nixon. The halting pace of this war was made more poignant with the recent death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who had championed the effort from its inception. Certainly, much has been learned about cancer in the intervening decades, but while other illnesses saw dramatic…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

September 7, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Robert Gianotti, MD

Labor Day is upon us and the summer is now officially over…and what a summer it has been! The entire world was gripped with fears of H1N1, we lost two iconic figures from the political and pop worlds, and we saw the Yankees surge into first place behind Derek Jeter and his 2,713 career hits. As our tans fade, and the days shorten I thought it was time to get back to the “heart” of the matter and…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

August 31, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Christina Adaniel MD

Faculty peer reviewed

The country mourned over the loss of Senator Kennedy this week, 15 months after his diagnosis with malignant glioma. As plans for healthcare reform undergo increasing scrutiny and the American public becomes ever more disillusioned, Mr. Kennedy’s passing reminds us of his vision for a nation in which “every American…will have decent, quality healthcare as a fundamental right and not a privilege.”Healthcare policy, however, seems to move in the opposite direction of science.…

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PrimeCuts: Week of August 24th

August 24, 2009
PrimeCuts: Week of August 24th

Jon-Emile Kenny

Faculty Reviewed

Roughly 40,000 women die each year in the United States from breast cancer, and nearly 200,000 will be newly diagnosed; we have all been affected by this disease, and this week’s PrimeCuts looks at the latest in the treatment, diagnosis and molecular pathophysiology of this common malignancy.

Four years ago, the BIG 1-98 study compared, tamoxifen monotherapy and aromatase inhibitor monotherapy (letrozole) among postmenopausal women with receptor-positive breast cancer. This early study revealed that aromatase inhibitor given alone, as compared with…

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