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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 9, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Jenny Gartshteyn, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

It’s the week of July 4th 2012, people gather on the boardwalks and rooftops, fireworks light up the sky – silent tribute to how far art and science have advanced since the first discovery of fireworks in China in the 10th century. Paralleling the advancement in pyrotechnics from year to year is the growing body of medical research and knowledge. In this spirit of progress, let’s review some of the more exciting medical findings from this week.

In this week’s issue…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

July 2, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Alexander Volodarskiy, MD

With every new summer come hotter days, shorter nights, and the inevitable medical metamorphosis on July 1st: senior residents finally graduating and nervous, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed new interns, hearts in hand, arriving to save lives. With them in mind, we jump into this week’s section of Prime Cuts.

In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Kang et al. looked at whether patients with left-sided infective endocarditis could benefit from early surgery. The study excluded patients with small vegetations (≤10 mm), right-sided vegetations,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 26, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Lakshmi Tummala, MD and Todd Cutler, MD

In the spirit of prevention, please wear hats and apply a generous amount of sunscreen while reading this week’s issue of primecuts.

This week the United States Preventive Services Task Force released updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening recommending that women aged 21 to 65 years old, regardless of sexual history, be screened with a PAP smear every three years. For women who wish to lengthen the intervals between screening periods, beginning at age 30, women…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 12, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Sagar S. Mungekar, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was in the news again this week, with proponents and opponents both voicing their opinions on how the Supreme Court should rule later this month. In March the Court considered the notion of severability; that is, whether certain provisions of the law could stand without the individual mandate or whether the entire law would have to go. The core provision of the act—the so-called individual mandate—would require nearly everyone to possess insurance,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 5, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joshua Strauss, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Temperatures have been rising in New York this past week, with Memorial Day highs approaching 90 degrees. This was a great setup for trips to the shore, barbecuing, sitting outside… and drinking an enormous regular soda?

Maybe not. For several days this past week, health news in New York was dominated by the mayor’s announcement of his plan to ban sugary drinks (such as sodas, sweetened iced teas, and energy drinks) larger than 16 fluid ounces from restaurants,…

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