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It’s Lyme Season: How Should You Manage the Tick-bitten Patient?

October 14, 2009
It’s Lyme Season:  How Should You Manage the Tick-bitten Patient?

Joshua Allen-Dicker

Faculty peer reviewed

A healthy 42-year old patient presents to your office after a day of hiking with his family in Upstate New York. This morning in the shower he found a “big black tick” on his right leg. He is currently asymptomatic and wants to know what his risk of Lyme disease is.

For New York City physicians, the end of summer and beginning of fall herald a spike in cases of Lyme Disease.…

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Sleep, Memory, and Medical Students

October 2, 2009
Sleep, Memory, and Medical Students

Megan Mulligan

Faculty peer reviewed by Dr. David Rapoport

The role of sleep in memory formation is an intriguing topic that has garnered widespread interest among researchers in recent years. The subject has seen a doubling in the number of publications every decade, yet the mechanism by which memories are formed remains elusive. There is little debate that sleep is important for memory, which begs the question: What does the role of sleep in memory imply for the infamously…

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The Forgotten Influenza of 1918: When a Strong Immune System Becomes a Weakness

September 23, 2009
The Forgotten Influenza of 1918: When a Strong Immune System Becomes a Weakness

Emily Breidbart

Faculty peer reviewed

As the threat of the swine flu surfaced in early 2009, doctors and the media referenced the influenza of 1918. Also known as the Spanish flu, this pandemic spread to nearly every part of the world and killed more humans than any other disease in a similar period in known history. According to an epidemiological study done in 2002, this unusually virulent strain of influenza A, subtype H1N1, is said to have killed approximately 50 million…

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The Utility of GlycoMark ™: 1,5 Anhydroglucitol as a Marker for Glycemic Control

September 16, 2009
The Utility of GlycoMark ™: 1,5 Anhydroglucitol as a Marker for Glycemic Control

David R. Friedmann MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Hemoglobin A1 (Hb A1c) is the standard method for monitoring diabetic patients’ long-term glycemic control by indicating average blood glucose levels over a period of two months, or half of the average life span of red blood cells. A new biochemical marker GlycoMarkTM is a test that measures serum levels of 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG), a monosaccharide derived from ingestion of food, slightly different in structure from glucose. The test has been available in…

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How Should You Approach a Geriatric Insomniac?

September 2, 2009
How Should You Approach a Geriatric Insomniac?

Gilda Boroumand, MS4

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Chronic insomnia, defined as difficulty with the initiation, maintenance, duration, and quality of sleep for at least one month, is a common complaint with significant impact on an individual’s daytime functioning and quality of life. It is particularly prevalent in the elderly, affecting between 23% to 34% of individuals over the age of 64. This same group is also more likely to experience adverse effects from various treatment regimens, thus leaving physicians with…

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CT Colonography-The Future of Colorectal Cancer Screening?

August 21, 2009
CT Colonography-The Future of Colorectal Cancer Screening?

Ely R. Felker


Faculty Peer Reviewed

The patient is a 52 year-old white male who presented to his internist for a routine examination. He has no family history of colorectal cancer. He has not previously been screened. He recently heard about CT colonography and would like to know how it compares to conventional colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death…

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Class Act: How Do You Diagnose Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

August 12, 2009
Class Act: How Do You Diagnose Polymyalgia Rheumatica?

Eve Wadsworth MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a condition that resembles several different disorders including osteoarthritis and can be difficult to diagnose. In addition to osteoarthritis, PMR can resemble conditions as diverse as depression, fibromyalgia, myopathic drug reactions, and malignancy. PMR, however, can be associated with dangerous consequences, namely blindness, and is responsive to well-established treatment regimens. As such, familiarity with PMR’s presentation and its unique features is critical so as to avoid serious complications that…

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Class Act: A Multivitamin a Day – Does It Really Keep the Doctor Away?

June 3, 2009
Class Act: A Multivitamin a Day – Does It Really Keep the Doctor Away?

Does daily use of a multivitamin help prevent illness and chronic disease?

Kate Gibson, MS-4

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A 65 year old male patient with a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia comes into the clinic for a regular visit. On his way out he asks, “Should I be taking a multivitamin?” You stop and think for a minute and decide, why not? But is there any actual evidence supporting the effectiveness of daily use of a multivitamin?…

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Class Act: Cardiac CT to Assess Coronary Artery Calcium

May 17, 2009
Class Act: Cardiac CT to Assess Coronary Artery Calcium

Matthew Nayor

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The patient: a 55 year old male nonsmoker with an HDL of 46, LDL of 120, triglycerides of 70, BP of 135/80 (on meds) and total cholesterol of 180. (Framingham 10-year risk of MI = 12%)

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Despite our understanding of how family history, toxic habits, cholesterol, and blood pressure affect the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), there is a clear need to…

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Class Act: AGE-RAGE: What we know about the pathophysiology of diabetic neuropathy.

December 26, 2008
Class Act: AGE-RAGE: What we know about the pathophysiology of diabetic neuropathy.

Commentary by Regina Mysliwiec, NYU Medical Student

Faculty Peer Reviewed

G.L. is a 62 year-old African-American male with a six year history of Type 2 Diabetes with variable glucose control and a progressive one year history of burning pain in a unilateral T10 distribution. The pain began at his right abdomen, then spread first to his umbilicus and finally ventrodorsally to his spine. His most recent HgbA1c is 8.0.

One does not have to be a medical student in New York…

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Class Act: The Role of Angiotensin II in Renal Fibrosis and Diabetic Kidney Disease

December 9, 2008
Class Act: The Role of Angiotensin II in Renal Fibrosis and Diabetic Kidney Disease

Commentary by Daniel Fine MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Diabetic nephropathy is the most frequent cause of end-stage kidney disease in the United States, Europe and Japan. Large scale randomized controlled trials have shown that both ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor antagonists reduce microalbuminuria, slow rate of decline of GFR and delay end stage kidney disease.

The renin-angiotensin system plays a significant role in the human inflammatory process in addition to its well known effects on blood pressure and sodium homeostasis.…

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Class Act: Soy and Breast Cancer – What’s the Connection?

November 26, 2008
Class Act: Soy and Breast Cancer – What’s the Connection?

Commentary by Alexis Melnick, NYU School of Medcine Class of 2009

Faculty peer reviewed

With the increasing popularity of soy foods in the American diet, there has been considerable debate over the link between soy and the risk of cancer, particularly cancer of the breast. The interest in this association stems from soy-containing isoflavones, soybean-derived compounds with chemical structures similar to estrogens that act as weak partial agonists at estrogen receptors. Initial data supported the chemopreventive potential of soy and were based on several findings: the…

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