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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

February 2, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Sherley Abraham MD PGY-3

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week we reflect on the interplay in life which is showcased by two football teams. In medicine, it plays out between two drugs, newer markers and standard guidelines, or lifestyle and disease. Each ailment calls for its own chicken soup, which it turns out, actually does work for the common cold. Of course, in football, one team emerges as victor….go Steelers and the NFL…but onto BNP.

The search continues for a…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 26, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Michael Tees MD, MPH , PGY-1

The journals this week were not where the eyes of the nation or the world were fixed. All were focused upon a turning point, a new beginning, a change. The inauguration of America’s first African-American president and what that represented was where our attention was fixed. Policies before or after a leadership change can always be debated. But what happened on this special day in American history can be considered a birth of a new…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 19, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary  by Aleksandar Adzic MD, PGY-3

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Have you ever been annoyed that the computer systems at the three hospitals you work at are completely different?  Have you ever had trouble piecing together a patient’s medical history who is at your hospital for the first time?  Well President (elect until ~12:00 noon on Tuesday) Obama understands how you feel.  It is no surprise that our “first wired president” (1) has made a bold plan to standardize electronic health records in the next 5 years…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 12, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Paul Fenyves MD, PGY-3 

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Macrovascular Control: In the New England Journal of Medicine, a new study re-addresses the question of whether tight glycemic control in diabetes prevents macrovascular complications. “Glucose Control and Vascular Complications in Veterans with Type 2 Diabetes” was an open-label study, which randomized 1791 diabetic veteran to either intensive or standard glucose control. The subjects were mostly men with a mean age of 60.4 and carried the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes for a mean…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 5, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Ramani Balu MD, PGY 1

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The beginning of the New Year is a time to reflect on our progress and look forward to developments yet to come. Here are a few articles from last week that highlight innovative approaches to old problems and force us to think in new ways about issues we face every day. Judging by these selections, it should be an exciting new year indeed for medical research.
 

New reasons to…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 29, 2008
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Sam Rougas MD, PGY-3 

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With the holiday season upon us, it seems we are always scrambling to find that perfect last minute gift for our loved ones. So, in the spirit of the season, here is a gift to those poor souls in the CCU. The New York Times commented on a recent study published in JAMA about the correlation between a lack of sleep and heart disease. It seems that patients who slept seven hours a night…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 23, 2008
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Ishmeal Bradley MD, PGY-2

During the last few months, the media has been overflowing with stories about the staggering American economy and soaring consumer (and national) debt. One story that has been marginalized in the wake of the current fiscal crisis is the soaring cost of medical education and the dangers that this poses to the future of the healthcare industry.

I’m sure all of us remember that warm spring morning years ago when we got our acceptance letters to medical school.…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 15, 2008
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Christopher Tully MD, PGY-1

Faculty Peer Reviewed 

With the holiday shopping season rapidly rising to its peak and winter weather finally beginning to take hold, take a break from the cold, chaotic world outside and catch up on the news from around the medical world. 

One fall and wintertime tradition that many people would often rather avoid is their yearly flu shot.  While the vaccine itself is here to stay, for those who have complained in the past that…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 8, 2008
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Denise Pate MD, PGY-1

Faculty Peer Reviewed 

These days, when patients are concerned about being able to afford keeping a roof over their head and food on their table, the cost of prescription drugs is an additional financial burden. High costs can adversely impact patients’ compliance with healthcare. One way of mounting this hurdle is the utilization of less-expensive generic drugs versus their more-expensive brand-name counterparts. This week in JAMA, a review and meta-analysis examined whether there are differences in…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

December 1, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Sherley Abraham MD, PGY-3

Faculty Peer Reviewed 

Feeling fatigued? Don’t Google your symptoms. Instead, have the heart to go out for a walk. After all, it takes guts to build bone. Things must be looking up if cancer rates are going down, and some cancers may even spontaneously disappear! These are among the topics providing Thanksgiving food for thought in this week’s ShortCuts.

A little knowledge can be dangerous, or at least provoke unnecessary anxiety. The NY Times reports…

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ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

November 24, 2008
ShortCuts- This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Frederick Gandolfo, MD PGY-3 and Michael Tanner, MD Section Editor, Clinical Correlations

Need an escape? With the weather turning frigid, the economy collapsing, and unemployment rates rising just in time for the holiday season, most people would probably feel better staying home, shutting the blinds, and vegetating in front of the TV-watching anything but a news channel.  But not so fast, says the New York Times, citing a study by Dr. John Robinson and colleagues showing an inverse relationship between the…

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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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