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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 18, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gregory Katz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Habemus papum! It was hard to find anything in the news this week that didn’t mention Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s ascension to infallibility as he became Pope Francis. As the first pontiff from the Western Hemisphere, Francis ushers in a new era for the Catholic Church. He chose his name to honor St. Francis, the Italian friar best known for his advocacy for the poor. Overshadowed by the church’s announcement was the legal rejection of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 19, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Aaron Smith

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! In this edition of Primecuts, we look at recent scientific articles pertaining to our favorite Valentine’s Day traditions. Next year, you may find the following information useful before you pour that bottle of wine, open that box of chocolates, or snuggle with that special someone.

Long believed to be an aphrodisiac, red wine is practically synonymous with love and romance. An article in Molecular Reproduction & Development supports red wine’s purported fertility-enhancing properties. Aquila et…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 28, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jillian Rosengard, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week we bundled up to bear the brutal cold, watched President Obama’s second term inaugural address, and inched closer to our return to Bellevue. Meanwhile, an article from this week’s New England Journal of Medicine gained media attention. Jha et al’s retrospective cohort study of more than 200,000 Americans examined cigarette smoking’s effect on survival and the benefits of smoking cessation. After accounting for potential confounders (namely education level, alcohol use, and obesity), life expectancy for current…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 15, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Elizabeth Hammer, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week we saw some winners and some losers. The 2013 Academy Award Nominations were announced. Nobody was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A flu outbreak in Boston led the city’s mayor to declare a public health emergency, while Pertussis is working on a comeback. And the NIH released an extensive report on health in the US that found that not only do Americans have poorer health and lower life expectancies, but they also are less…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 7, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Cassia Wells, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week as the world said goodbye to 2012 and welcomed the new year, the economic “fiscal cliff” dominated the US news cycles. A deal was eventually reached that, among other things, prevented a 27% decrease in Medicare reimbursements for doctors for another year. Overall 2012 was a big year for healthcare reform as it featured prominently in the presidential election in November and the US Supreme Court deemed the Affordable Care Act constitutional in June. Healthcare reform…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 27, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Iulia Giuroiu, MD

These past few weeks and surely for some time to come, the tragedy in Newtown, CT will weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and our thoughts, prayers and support go out to all who were affected by this terrible event. The diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness, in addition to gun control, have again moved to the forefront of political and public health debates.  While the journals are likely to join these discussions in the coming weeks, a broad range of…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 17, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Shyam Amin, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 Welcome back to Clinical Correlations! These last couple months have been largely dominated by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Just as New York City has landed back on its feet, we here at the NYU Department of Medicine and Clinical Correlations are determined to continue our mission to practice medicine with the best evidence available.

While our beloved Manhattan VA remains closed, our colleagues at the Minneapolis VA released an observational study in the Archives of Internal Medicine…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 8, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole A. Lamparello, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Monopolizing the news channels this week was the First Presidential Debate. President Barak Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney discussed essential domestic issues, including the economy, the role of government, and healthcare. While the Democratic and Republican nominees sparred on important healthcare matters on October 3rd, such as Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, this week notable medical journals published significant articles gaining widespread attention among healthcare professionals.

The healthcare segments of the Presidential Debate focused…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 1, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joseph Marsano, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week marked the meeting of the UN general assembly and with it the resultant heavy traffic stagnating much of east side Manhattan. The topic on everyone’s mind was the impact of Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology on the relationship between the United States and Israel. As this topic grabbed much of the headlines, and rightfully so, there was less attention paid to the large widening gap between much of the industrialized world and developing nations when…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 24, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gregory Katz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week the presidential race continues to monopolize the news cycle with Mitt Romney’s leaked fundraiser footage dominating the headlines. But as Governor Romney attempts to distance himself from his comments about Americans who pay no federal income taxes and President Obama pounces on his gaffes, a report from the Center for Public Integrity on changes to hospital billing practices that are costing Americans billions got lost in the shuffle. Analysis from Donald Berwick, former head of Centers…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 18, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Lakshmi Tummala, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

First up, the debate between coronary revascularization and optimal medical management continues. Over the past several years, the role of fractional flow reserve (FFR), a technique used during angiography to assess the functional significance of lesions seen on coronary angiography, has begun to be established. A study published in the NEJM this week looked specifically at the role of FFR in patients with stable coronary artery disease. 1220 patients with stable coronary artery disease and lesions appropriate for…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 10, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anjali Varma Desai, M.D

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In the news this week, former US Open champion Andy Roddick ended his tennis career while Barack Obama sought to continue his presidential career. The Democratic National Convention, held last week in Charlotte, NC, featured speeches by President Obama and his wife, as well as former President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Joseph Biden. Many speeches addressed various aspects of Obama’s record, including his hotly-debated health care plan, with concrete references to the expected impact on the solvency…

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