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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

November 17, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Paul Fenyves MD, PGY-3

Faculty Peer Reviewed 

General and Abdominal Adiposity and Risk of Death in Europe
More fat, Mortality: Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a prospective, observational study of more than 300,000 Europeans, has found that, after adjusting for BMI, increasing waist circumference is associated with increasing risk of death. Men in the highest quintile of waist circumference (≥102.7 cm) had a 2.05 relative risk of death. Similarly, women in the highest quintile of waist circumference (≥89.0 cm)…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

November 10, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Erin E. Ducharme MD, PGY-1

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Daylight Saving time Saving Nobody: In addition to long known effects including confusion and annoyance, new research suggests turning the clock back an hour may actually be bad for your health. Swedish researchers sifting through 20 years of data found a significantly higher incidence of acute myocardial infarction occurring during the first three weekdays following the spring time change. The authors, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, blame sleep…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

November 4, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Elizabeth Sedlis, MD PGY-2

Reviewed by Judith Brenner, MD, Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations

This past week was filled with heart racing mid-fall traditions which brought New Yorkers out to the streets in droves.  Last Friday was the 35th annual village Halloween parade attended by 2 million nighttime revelers, and Sunday was the 38th annual New York City Marathon with 39,000 runners pounding the pavements of our five boroughs.  Congratulations to all those inspirational athletes.  This coming week is guaranteed to make…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

October 27, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Josh Remick MD, NYU Senior Chief Resident 

As this endless political campaign is entering its final days, I’d like to start this week’s ShortCuts with a plug to vote.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for, just so long as you make your voice heard.  While we’re on the topic of the campaign, an issue that’s important to many of us in the medical field is the two presidential candidates’ health care plans.  If you’re still unsure where they stand on…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

October 21, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Sabina Berezovskaya MD, PGY-3.  Reviewed by Danise Schiliro- Chuang MD.

Hello and welcome to another addition of shortcuts. Hoping the autumn foliage and beautiful weekend weather have refreshed you and your week is starting off well. Here are a few of the latest studies making headlines that you should know about. Read on!

Should We Bypass Banding?

As rates of obesity (BMI >40 kg/m2) have skyrocketed over the past few decades, patients and physicians alike are searching for the cure…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

October 14, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Andrew McKinstry MD PGY-1

Reviewed by Michael Poles MD, Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations 

It may have been Columbus Day, but that doesn’t mean any of the journals took any time off, so here we go…

The protective effect of circumcision in HIV Infection was called into questioned by a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week. This article suggests that men who have sex with men (MSM) do not benefit from reduced HIV infection rates if…

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ShortCuts: This Week in the Journals

October 6, 2008
ShortCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Jon-Emile Kenny MD, PGY-2 

Those crazy Canadians. My Grandmother would have liked new research from Canada demonstrating that honey is very effective in killing drug-resistant biofilms found in human nares. This adaptive virulence factor seen in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and MRSA has made treating chronic rhinosinusitis difficult for Otolaryngologists. Honey had significantly more bacteriocidal activity compared with commonly used antibiotics. This research will be presented during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Bare Metal vs.…

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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

September 29, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Michael Tanner MD, Section Editor, Clinical Correlations

Stormy SEAS for Vytorin

This week the New England Journal published the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis  (SEAS) trial, whose findings had already been widely publicized in July.  The study compared ezetimibe 10/simvastatin 40 mg to placebo in 1873 patients with mild-to-moderate, asymptomatic aortic stenosis. Why a trial of lipid lowering in aortic stenosis, a classically surgical disease?  Because hyperlipidemia has been suggested as a risk factor and some data suggest that…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

September 22, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Rachana Jani MD, PGY-2

This past week has been emotional to say the least. Fall has officially begun and the stock market continues to be in disarray. Nevertheless, the Wall Street Journal found time to focus on news other than the current state of our financial system.

The WSJ had brokers reading about denosumab, which may be a much needed jackpot drug for Amgen. The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research released the results from the FREEDOM trial, a Phase III study…

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Shortcuts- This Week in the Journals

September 15, 2008
Shortcuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Cara Litvin MD, Executive Editor, Clinical Correlations 

It’s been easy to become distracted from medicine with all the other news going on this week. First Ike ravaged Texas and now Wall Street appears to be crumbling. Nevertheless, medical news continues and ShortCuts lives on…

Several themes emerged within journals this week. The focus of the NEJM was on the knee, with two articles devoted to this vulnerable joint. The first reported the results of a randomized trial comparing…

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Shortcuts- This Week in the Journals

September 8, 2008
Shortcuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Sandeep Mangalmurti MD, JD, Health Care Policy Section Editor

As the summer of 2008 winds down, I hope everyone looks backward with fond memories. Last week was the Republican National Convention, and I suspect that there will be a great deal of discussion of politics in the upcoming weeks. If you’re a politics junkie, you’ll be in ecstasy. If you hate politics, it may be time to subscribe to HBO. Regardless of your preferences, take this opportunity to register to vote!…

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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

September 2, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Judith Brenner MD, Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations

In a week dominated by the politics of first, the Democratic National Convention, and later, Senator McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as the VP nominee, reviewing all of this week’s breaking medical news was a welcome relief. I’ll say no more about politics since this is clearly not the right blog to air my opinions except to relay to you a term I learned this week that put it all together for me: zen…

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