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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 13, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arnab Ghosh, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week’s Clinical Correlations begins with email revelations implicating the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the closure of traffic lanes across the George Washington Bridge, thus making one of the country’s busiest thoroughfares log-jammed with traffic for days this previous summer.

Earlier this week emails were released from high-level public servants in the Christie administration which suggest the secretive, planned closure of traffic lanes in the borough of Fort Lee, whose mayor had previously refused to …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journal

January 6, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journal

By Gregory Katz, MD

Peer Reviewed

The beginning of 2014 marks not only a new calendar year, but a new era of American health care with the opening of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance exchanges. While the majority of media coverage about the ACA has been devoted to changing insurance policies and concern about systemic upheaval, the expansion of Medicaid has been largely ignored by the popular press. Despite its lack of sexiness as a topic of newspaper coverage, the health effects of …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 30, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Monica Gupta, MD

Peer Reviewed

Welcome to the final Clinical Correlations post of the year!

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on the year that has passed. Here at NYU, 2013 was a triumphant year as it marked the return of Bellevue, Tisch, and the Manhattan VA after Superstorm Sandy took its toll. Now with that in the past, we embrace the new adventures that await us in 2014 – another year to strive to deliver excellent patient care …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 23, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Preethi Prasad, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, Christmas is finally on its way, and the city is alive with festive cheer. Children are excitedly anticipating a visit from Santa Claus, while adults are scrambling to do last-minute Christmas shopping. In addition to sipping eggnog and enjoying the holidays, many Americans are also using this time to focus on their health as Monday, December 23rd is the deadline for most to sign up for health insurance that starts on January 1st.

For some people, traveling …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 16, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Cilian White, MD

Peer reviewed

With the holiday season upon us, the streets are laden with trees waiting to be adorned, bunches of mistletoe to be hung for that special moment; and New Yorkers are wiping away the cobwebs from snow boots and thermal gear in preparation for the chill effect awaiting them as they step outside their homes. People adorn their homes with decorations, and enjoy delectable delights with loved ones. The NYU community continues to work harder than ever to provide care …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 9, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Iulia Giuroiu, MD

Peer reviewed

As we mourn the death of Nelson Mandela and reflect upon his legacy, let us remember to embrace our differences as we strive toward well being for all. This week, the journals highlight the importance of paying attention to genetic risk factors unique to gender and ethnic backgrounds as we seek to provide optimal therapy for a variety of conditions.

This week’s first article challenges the assumption of gender equality in the use of drug-eluting stents (DES) (1). With …

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