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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 21, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Jeffrey Mayne, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

PRIMECUTS!  PRIMECUTS!  As the excitement of the World Cup rolls on and the din of those vuvuzela horns continues to ring heavy in your ears, the Wall Street Journal reports the horns once used to rally people in remote places, now used to champion athletes, may have lasting effects .  The vuvuzela is traditionally made from the horn of a kudu, a species of antelope found in Africa and was first used…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 14, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Maryann Kwa, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week, ecstatic soccer fans around the world are gathering to watch the excitement and celebrate the camaraderie that is the World Cup.  As the enthusiasm reaches a fever pitch in South Africa–the first country on the continent to host the games–the competitive spirit amongst players and fans is surely running high.  Speaking of competition, we start this edition of Primecuts with a very interesting piece in The New York Times about…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 7, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Todd Cutler, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Summer is here and the only thing hotter than the weather is this week’s edition of Primecuts. In an early online publication this week in Lancet , the authors of the CANOE (Canadian Normoglycemia Outcomes Evaluation) study evaluated the efficacy of rosiglitazone and metformin in preventing progression to type 2 diabetes in patients with impaired glucose tolerance. In previous studies, both drugs had individually been shown to be effective in preventing progression to diabetes in high-risk patients,…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 1, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Mario Fusaro, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

We begin this week’s Memorial Day edition of Primecuts by taking a moment to recognize the service men and women of our country.  As people celebrated the holiday weekend with barbeques and beach trips, we should not lose sight of its main significance, to honor those charged with protecting our way of life.  While the veteran population ages, they look to us to protect their health as they once protected our freedoms.  …

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Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

May 24, 2010
Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

By Mary Whitman, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

We start this week with news that the American Heart Association (AHA) is teaming up with Nintendo of America to promote its “active gaming” Wii console and games, such as WiiFit.  While some argue that the AHA should be promoting more energetic exercise, we agree with their statement, “Participating in an actual sport is usually more vigorous than active gaming, but active gaming compares very well with sitting on the couch.”  As…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

May 17, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

Brandon Oberweis, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 This week’s edition of Primecuts begins with President Obama’s recent nomination of Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General of the United States, as the 112th Supreme Court Justice.  If confirmed, Kagan would join Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor as the third female justice on the bench.  Frank Sinatra once sang in his tribute to New York, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere…” And right he was.  Interestingly,…

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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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