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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jessica Taff, MD

Peer Reviewed

While the world’s political attention turned to conflict in Ukraine this week, the New York Times turned national attention to several physicians with big political ambitions . Currently, 17 physicians sit in the House or Representatives and 3 in the Senate, numbers that are expected to grow in the near future. While keen medical knowledge may not always translate to savvy political skill, the two fields do have a common theme of perpetual change and controversy. In both, new …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 3, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kerrilynn Carney, MD

Peer reviewed

This week in global, national, and local news: the Winter Olympics came to a close in Sochi with Russia leading the medal count; Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men and lesbians on religious grounds; and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio reneged on Mayor Bloomberg’s promise to reserve space inside NYC Public School buildings for Charter Schools. Oscar buzz is still in full force, and …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 24, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Miguel A. Saldivar, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week’s edition of Primecuts brings highlights from studies on a variety of topics ranging from prescription drug abuse to cost-effective medical care. Given that the CDC classified the issue of prescription drug abuse/overdose as an “epidemic” in 2012, we begin with a paper on opiate prescriptions in the Medicare population.

The relationship between use of multiple opiate providers and hospitalizations

The British Medical Journal published a retrospective observational study that analyzed data on opiate prescriptions …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 18, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Miguel A. Saldivar, MD

Peer Reviewed

While walking through snowy streets of NYC, the sight of one or two innocent bystanders sliding on a patch of ice on the road is not uncommon. However, these unfortunate folks are far from being the only ones with a bruise or two: this week a widely accepted screening tool, the mammogram, received more than a few punches in the media.

The Cost of Mammography

The utility of mammography as a screening tool, questioned in a Canadian study …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Luke O’Donnell, MD

Peer Reviewed

I guess being single in New York should make me dread Valentine’s Day. But I don’t. Maybe it is my years of studying a language that has words to distinguish love in all its manifestations: the once-in-a-lifetime stuff (amour) versus the form with the same amount of intimacy but less commitment (amant). Anyway, enjoy the first article; it is about an emerging communicable disease. Kisses everyone.

If the ever-looming scare of H5N1 was not enough, the New England Journal …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 3, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Elizabeth Park, MD

Peer reviewed

Super Bowl fever also hit Times Square this week as tens of thousands of people headed to the New York metropolitan area for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is more than just a football game. Like Thanksgiving, it’s the day for friends and family to get together, sit down in front of TV with accompanying chips, pizza, chicken wings and beer. You can easily consume 2000 calories during the game, interrupting your New Year’s diet plan.

Speaking of …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 27, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Luke O’Donnell, MD

Peer Reviewed

This was a week of confusion both old and new. How did a chance of flurries become a major winter storm? Did Beyoncé sign “Happy Birthday” to first lady Obama? What strain of cholera caused the 1849 Philadelphia Pandemic?

This week’s medical literature may not have cleared up all these pressing questions, but at least it managed to determine the strain of Vibrio cholerae that caused the devastating Philadelphia cholera outbreak of 1849. Vibrio cholerae’s predominate pathogenic strain—serogroup O1—has …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 21, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Stephanie Gallitano, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week marks the 50-year anniversary since the Surgeon General released a report detailing health consequences of smoking. Since then, the evidence linking smoking with disease in nearly every organ system has been published. The number of premature deaths caused by smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke since 1965 now tops 20 million. This week’s new surgeon general’s report addresses some new diseases linked with smoking; we can now add colorectal and liver cancer, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, tuberculosis, age-related …

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