Meeting Perspectives: American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2009

December 16, 2009
Meeting Perspectives: American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2009

Steven Sedlis, MD

 

The annual scientific session of the American Heart Association (AHA) was held in Orlando on November 14-18 2009. It felt like a ghost town. I ran into Ira Schulman, my medicine resident at Bellevue when I was a third year medical student; we looked at one another and simultaneously blurted out “where is everybody?” Well Ira remains my role model and hero and it goes to show that although attendance at major medical meetings may wax and wane, the impact of a …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 14, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Sarah Lee, MD

As the national healthcare debate rages on and while winter decides to give us a premature hello,  Primecuts turns its view towards the overuse of antibiotics in the Petri dish we call the intensive care unit, more discussion on the HIV vaccine we discussed last week, the plight of the uninsured and an in depth analysis of the Tiger Woods story… ok now that we have your attention…

Throughout the world today, infection continues to be one of the main contributors to …

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Tailoring Colon Cancer Screening

December 11, 2009
Tailoring Colon Cancer Screening

Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening and the Recent Evidence Behind Them

 Nazia Hasan, MD MPH

Faculty peer reviewed

For most residents, screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) may seem as established as that for breast and cervical cancer. In reality, the use of CRC screening has only recently approached that of screening for those other malignancies. We have seen recently changes to the CRC screening guidelines last published by The American College of Gastroenterology in 2000. The updated screening guidelines for colorectal cancer became available in …

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Prostate Cancer Screening: Where Do We Stand Now?

December 9, 2009
Prostate Cancer Screening: Where Do We Stand Now?

Annery Garcia

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in western men and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the U.S.1 In 2007 approximately 218,890 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it is expected that one out of six men will receive the diagnosis in their lifetime.2 Although considered to be a slow-growing tumor, the American Cancer Society estimated that in 2008 186,330 new cases of prostate cancer would be diagnosed, and 26,000 men will die from prostate cancer.3 …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

December 7, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Joshua Strauss MD

Faculty peer reviewed

The weather in the Northeast dipped below freezing over the weekend, along with our first snowfall of the season.  Breaking out the heavy coats, scarves and gloves, we have become acutely aware that the winter is fast approaching.  This also means that we are still in the midst of flu season.  Of course, this flu season is not a typical one, with the country worrying about both the seasonal flu as well as the pandemic H1N1 virus. 

On Saturday, …

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Continuous Glucose Monitors

December 2, 2009
Continuous Glucose Monitors

Ilena George

Faculty peer reviewed

Are continuous glucose monitors the answer for better glucose control in diabetes?

A poorly controlled type 2 diabetic who is non-compliant with his at-home glucose monitoring comes to Bellevue’s Adult Primary Care Clinic requesting a prescription for a needle-less glucose monitor…

Self-monitoring of glucose levels is a necessary evil of diabetes treatment. As the prospect of numerous needle-sticks each day in perpetuity is daunting to patients, researchers have been developing non- or minimally-invasive methods to measure blood sugar in hopes …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 30, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

David Ecker MD

Faculty peer reviewed

With Thanksgiving behind us, hopefully we have all had a chance to ruminate on the flurry of changes to cancer screening guidelines and the public reaction they generated. This week the NEJM has published a series of perspectives that not only detail the rationale for those changes but also provide a guide for their interpretation in order to facilitate advice for concerned patient populations.(1,2,3)  They also address some of the missteps in framing discussions for the public. Together they …

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Myths and Realities: Cell phones and the risk of brain cancer

November 27, 2009
Myths and Realities: Cell phones and the risk of brain cancer

Daria B. Crittenden

Although children today have never known a world without cell phones, the rest of us remember when these devices were created and have watched their popularity soar. The ability to have constant communication, anytime and anywhere, is now taken for granted. Many have asked the question, are we putting our health at risk with this technology? Specifically, with cell phones cradled against our ears many times a day, and sometimes for many hours a day, are we at increased risk for developing …

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