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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 31, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Benjamin P. Geisler, MD, MPH

Faculty peer-reviewed

July 28th was World Hepatitis Day. Just three days prior, a group of researchers from Johns Hopkins published a paper in JAMA on HCV/HIV co-infected patients. This study demonstrated an independent correlation between hepatic fibrosis stage and a composite endpoint of end-stage liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, or death. As the authors note, these results support starting highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) for HIV in “most coinfected” patients.

Also last week, the 19th International AIDS Conference took place…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 23, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Jennifer Lee Dong, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As we approach the Opening Ceremonies in London this weekend, there has been a great focus on wellness in recent health news. The New York Times reported that the FDA approved a new weight loss drug Qsymia, a combined pill of an appetite suppressant and topiramate . Read on for more breaking news about weight loss and physical activity.

First, though, a theme in medical journals this week surrounds the previously controversial recommendations for prostate cancer screening. In…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 16, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The U.S House of Representatives voted for the 33rd time last Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a largely symbolic move as the prior 32 companion bills were never passed by the Senate. With the realities of roughly 50 million uninsured Americans and healthcare spending accounting for nearly 18% of the US GDP in mind, let us review some recent publications that may improve both clinical care and runaway healthcare spending.

In an online-first publication by the…

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