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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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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 16, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Katie Miro MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Americans took the time last week to honor the men and women who fought for our country as Veteran’s Day was marked with parades and celebration throughout the nation. Clinical Correlations would like to send special thanks not only to the many veterans of this country, but also to the brave men and women serving in the military today. While the war on terrorism continues abroad, President Obama’s battle for health care reform continues…

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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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