ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

August 4, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Neil Shapiro, Editor in Chief, Clinical Correlations 

Summer. A time for exercise, eating right and staying healthy. It’s a time to take things slow and focus on the lighter side of life. Summer is definitely a time to avoid delving into the deep, heavy, ground breaking stuff. So consider this a disclaimer for this week’s edition of ShortCuts- it’s a few less calories, not quite earth shattering but no less intriguing…ironically keeping with our theme this week , researchers everywhere…

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Class Act: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 2.0

August 1, 2008
Class Act: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 2.0

Class act is a feature of Clinical Correlations written by NYU 3rd and 4th year medical students. These posts focus on evidenced based answers to clinical questions related to patients seen by our students in the clinics or on the wards. Prior to publication, each commentary is thoroughly reviewed for content by a faculty member.

Commentary by Marty Wolff MS-4, and Susan Zweig MD, Clinical Instructor, NYU Division of Endocrinology

NH is a 32 year-old obese Hispanic female with a history of…

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New National Network E-mails Drug Alerts Instantly to U.S. Doctors

July 31, 2008
New National Network E-mails Drug Alerts Instantly to U.S. Doctors

Commentary by Marilena S. Antonopoulos Pharm.D, Pharmacology Section Editor

Until recently, drugs safety alerts (aka “Dear Doctor letters”) were sent out to physicians through traditional U.S. mail, a slow and error-prone process. These alerts can be significantly delayed and may not even reach the intended recipient. In an effort to improve the speed and efficacy of the delivery of FDA mandated patient safety alerts to physicians and other healthcare providers, the Health Care Notification Network (HCNN) has announced the launching of its online service that…

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Mystery Quiz- The Answer

July 30, 2008

Posted by Nishay Chitkara MD, Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Vivian Hayashi MD, Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Robert Smith MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The answer to last week’s mystery quiz is bacterial pneumonia. A number of possible diagnoses may be considered for the left lower lobe mass-like density refractory to antibiotic therapy. A bronchogenic cyst can occur as a mediastinal or intrapulmonary mass. The…

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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

July 28, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Michael Tanner MD, Section Editor, Clinical Correlations

This week in the Lancet, a study of the life expectancy of HIV-positive patients in affluent countries highlights the amazing gains made in this disease. The Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration reports that a 20-year-old person starting combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has an average life expectancy of 43 years. A 35-year-old starting cART can look forward to another 32 years of life. That adds up to half-price-Metro-Card eligibility! Life expectancy is 10 years shorter for…

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Clinical Pathology Conference 7/08 – The Answer

July 25, 2008

Case Presentation by James Tsay MD, Chief Resident

Please review the posting of our prior CPC here.

When you’re ready you can download the CPC Answer.

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Mystery Quiz

July 23, 2008
Mystery Quiz

Posted by Nishay Chitkara MD, Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Vivian Hayashi MD, Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Robert Smith MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 

A 49 year old undomiciled male with a history of hepatitis C, mycobacterium avium complex colonization of the lungs, and active alcohol abuse presented with fevers, cough productive of green sputum, and an elevated white blood cell count. His symptoms were persistent despite broad…

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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

July 21, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Cara Litvin MD, Executive Editor, Clinical Correlations

First let’s start off with some rare  good news in the political arena. Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to override President Bush’s veto on a controversial Medicare bill that reverses a scheduled 10.6% cut in Medicare payments to doctors.  Senator Edward Kennedy even made a dramatic appearance to cast his vote. The bill also reduces federal payments to private Medicare Advantage plans. The government currently subsidizes Medicare Advantage plans, paying on average 13% more…

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