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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 2, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Devyani Kothari, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In news this week, Obama’s healthcare reform is under scrutiny by the Supreme Court, the NCAA’s March Madness comes to a close with the championship game tonight, and Mitt Romey and Rick Santorum are still battling it out in the GOP primaries.

In Primecuts this week, I will present new research on two prevalent and chronic health conditions: type II diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia.

In the first paper, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “Bariatric…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 26, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vincent M. Santillo, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The Wonder Drug that Works Wonders!

On March 21st, readers of the New York Times woke up to the headline “Studies Link Daily Doses of Aspirin to Reduced Risk of Cancer.” The author Roni Rabin stated that daily aspirin “may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading.” Exciting news for those looking for some way to avoid a dreaded diagnosis, as well as those with cancer looking to prevent metastasis. The…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 19, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Pansy Tsang MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

While your weekend may have been filled with Irish Soda bread, beer and college basketball, this week’s journals were heavy on the reproductive system and cancer screening and prevention.

With ever-changing recommendations, many doctors may find themselves confused when it comes to cancer screening in daily practice. As described in last week’s Primecuts, a recent paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed that many US doctors really do not understand cancer screening statistics.

Screening for prostate…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

March 12, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Lakshmi Tummala, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Most readers are probably familiar with the Nurses’ Health Study cohort which provided the data for a possible relationship between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use and the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that was highlighted in the current issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Participants self-reported NSAID and aspirin use every two years and were considered “regular users” if they took the medication at least twice per week. Forty-four percent were considered regular aspirin users…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 6, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Fingerhood, MD, MPH

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As the sun set over the Kremlin on Sunday night, Vladimir Putin stood on a well-lit podium and raised his arms in victory following his recently announced repeat presidential nomination. By his side was the current Russian President Dimitri Medved (soon to be Prime Minister), as well as thousands of his supporters who gathered in Manezh Square for the occasion. As questions of fair and balanced elections in Russia arise , we find a renewed interest in…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 27, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jiah Shin Teh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the news that has recently captivated the attention of the city that never sleeps is about the Linsanity of the New York Knicks’ stunning turnaround from a grim prospect for the playoffs to the team to beat. The media naturally has put a microscope on Jeremy Lin’s zero-to-hero story giving it countless perspectives. Along with the movie Moneyball, Lin’s story highlights the fact that in any line of work, things…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 22, 2012
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Aviva Regev

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In honor of President’s day, we’ll start this week’s Primecuts with a look towards Washington, where healthcare issues have made big news in the last week.  Religious groups cried foul at President Obama’s new plan requiring most health plans to include free coverage for contraceptives and sterilization procedures, claiming the government was usurping their right to religious freedom in mandating they pay for services which violate their belief systems.  The President, seemingly surprised by the uproar, came up with…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 13, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Megha Shah, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Celebrity news often, albeit arguably, is the most read, most gripping, and most discussed of the daily headlines. It then comes as no surprise that the news of the untimely deaths of music icons Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and now Whitney Houston surpass that of the Republican primaries, continued unrest in the Middle East, the battle between Catholic bishops and Obama on the issue of birth control, and even (gasp!), the Doritos baby from the Superbowl. Though the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 6, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chelsey Forbess, MS4

Faculty Peer Reviewed

While some people in this country have been following the Republican primary elections this past week, others trending the economy, and others observing the changing global weather patterns, I think it is safe to say that most people have been focused on Super Bowl XLVI. Whether you root for Eli, Tom, or Madonna, the Super Bowl unites all of America in the name of sports. (And television.) Unfortunately, watching football has also become synonymous with high-cholesterol foods like…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 30, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert Fakheri, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This past week President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address. He comforted us that Osama bin Laden, much like Generalissimo Francisco Franco, is still dead. Meanwhile, the auto industry is well on its way to recovery and US exports are on the rise. Other comforting news are plans for reforms in the tax code that will simplify regulations and ensure fairness so that secretaries are not obliged to pay higher tax rates than their billionaire…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 23, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Hormozdi, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With snow blanketing much of the Northeast it feels like winter has finally reared its ugly head here in New York City. While the hassle of shoveling snow and icy sidewalks may put a damper on your weekday plans, PrimeCuts is here to offer you a bit of respite with this week’s leading medical news. So sit back, pour yourself a warm beverage, and enjoy this week’s edition of Primecuts!

This week, controversy surrounding screening tests continues to…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 17, 2012
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matt Neimat, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

With the upcoming elections, a hot topic of debate is healthcare reform and it appears as though even the government is making New Year’s resolutions. A recent article in the Boston Globe detailed an interesting new healthcare intuitive: beginning on January 1 2012, 32 hospitals and doctor groups, including five in Massachusetts, launched a new healthcare model called Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) aimed at improving care incentives while lowering healthcare costs . ACOs contract with healthcare payers such…

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