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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 4, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Devyani Kothari, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In news this week, the Republic National Convention, which was held in Tampa, FL, concluded with speeches by Mitt Romney and Clint Eastwood. The final grand slam of the year, the US Open, headed into its second and final week in Flushing Meadows where Laura Robson, an 18-year-old from Britain sent Kim Clijsters into retirement after she defeated her in straight sets and Andy Roddick, also announced his retirement. Additionally, it’s hurricane season again as Hurricane Isaac hit…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 27, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Tracey Liebman, M.D.

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week’s primecuts starts off with some other-worldly news . The NASA rover, known as Curiosity, had landed on Mars on August 6 after a 352-million-mile trip from earth. Finally, this week, Curiosity successfully made its first, albeit short, journey on Mars, going all of 23 feet. In the coming months and years, it will continue to take more journeys through the craters and mountains on Mars. With the intent of finding evidence that some form of life…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 20, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Benjamin Navot, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week, with Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential candidate on the republican ticket, there has been renewed interest in the two parties plans for the future of healthcare in America. With insurance coverage for millions of Americans at stake and government solvency questioned by our increasing healthcare costs, it is highly recommended that you take a look at both candidates’ platforms with regard to healthcare (Romney , Obama).

On a more evidence-based…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 13, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joshua Lader, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In March 1974, US Department of Defense officials described to author John Finney a “revolution in conventional warfare possibilities brought about by a new generation of ‘smart bombs’…so precise that one shot will destroy a target.” An expected corollary of this new technology (although debatably achieved) was the decrease in military resources that would be required to achieve a particular military objective.

So too are we entering an era characterized increasingly by targeted therapeutics. In the latest issue…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 6, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Syril Keena Que, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week’s Primecuts starts with Olympic highlights from the past week. In gymnastics, Gabby Douglas won the gold medal for women’s individual all-around while the women held their own and took team gold. Michael Phelps won his 4th gold medal of the London Games and the 18th gold medal of his career. Another athlete worthy of mention is Dana Vollmer, who set a world record by being the first woman to finish the 100-meter butterfly in less…

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