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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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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

August 17, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Ivan Saraiva, MD

Faculty peer reviewed

This week’s edition of PrimeCuts will focus on an old friend, influenza, as well as a couple of other viruses. The novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) pandemic has no signs of decreasing its intensity. The New York Times reports on the pandemic reaching India, with nearly 1,200 cases and at least 17 deaths reported thus far. As the flu spreads in the southern hemisphere, the US prepares for a resurgence this fall.…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

August 10, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Jeff Mayne MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This weeks PrimeCuts focuses on vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures, Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) misconceptions, and the efficacy of screening for intimate partner violence. Vertebroplasty is performed by injecting an acrylic cement into the collapsed vertebral body. On August 6th, the New York Times reported that last year, about 73,000 Americans had the treatment, which costs $2,500 to $3,000…and that results from new studies indicate the procedure is “no better than placebo.” The two articles…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

August 3, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Michael Chu MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With summer well underway and a new class of interns having gotten their feet wet by now (perhaps it might feel more like drowning for a few), we have a few interesting articles in the news this past week, ranging from black-market organ sales in the US to immunodeficiency viruses in chimpanzees.

This past week the press reported on an FBI probe into corruption charges in New Jersey involving mayors and…

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