PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 23, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Rennie Rhee MD

Less is more, some say, and this past week the general direction of screening guidelines seems to affirm this mantra.  After an unprecedented change in the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) guidelines for breast cancer screening, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists1 (ACOG) announced on Friday, November 20th their new recommendation to delay the onset of cervical cancer screening and to screen less frequently. Of course, following years of aggressive campaigning for preventive medicine and innumerable cancer awareness programs, …

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Breaking News: Begin Cervical Cancer Screening at 21 Says ACOG

November 20, 2009
Breaking News: Begin Cervical Cancer Screening at 21 Says ACOG

Joshua Strauss, MD

In the second decision of its kind and magnitude in a matter of days, a major medical group has again recommended cutting back on cancer screening for women.  On the heels of Monday’s USPSTF release on reducing mammography, newly revised evidence-based guidelines regarding cervical cancer screening were issued today by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 

The new guidelines, “based on good and consistent scientific evidence,” recommend beginning cervical cancer …

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What is the Role of Drug Therapy in Treating Obesity?

November 19, 2009
What is the Role of Drug Therapy in Treating Obesity?

Arlene Chung

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Despite the high prevalence of obesity1 and its associated morbidity2 and mortality 3,4, it represents one of the most difficult chronic conditions to treat. Barriers include a metabolically toxic environment, a history of ill-fated weight-loss regimens, and a general view of obesity as primarily a social, not a medical problem. 5 Deep down, the belief that obesity really is the result of gluttony and sloth probably persists. However, as we learn more about the physiology of energy balance, appetite regulation, …

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Breaking News: Initiate Mammography Screening at 50, not 40, Says USPSTF.

November 17, 2009
Breaking News: Initiate Mammography Screening at 50, not 40, Says USPSTF.

Aalok Turakhia, MD

As the debate over when to begin screening mammography in women rages on, the United States Prevention Service Task Force (USPSTF) added fuel to the fire by releasing a new recommendation statement in the November 17th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Applying to women aged ≥40 who are not at an increased genetic risk or have had chest irradiation, the USPSTF now recommends biennial screening in women between ages 50-74.  In February 2002, the task force first recommended that annual …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 16, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Katie Miro MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Americans took the time last week to honor the men and women who fought for our country as Veteran’s Day was marked with parades and celebration throughout the nation. Clinical Correlations would like to send special thanks not only to the many veterans of this country, but also to the brave men and women serving in the military today. While the war on terrorism continues abroad, President Obama’s battle for health care reform continues at home. Sunday’s front page  …

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Therapeutic Hypothermia

November 12, 2009
Therapeutic Hypothermia

Catherine Lucero, MD

Faculty peer reviewed

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the remarkable recovery of a doctor who regained essentially all his mental function just six weeks after suffering a cardiac arrest with a post -resuscitation Glasgow coma score of 4.(1) Although the ambulance had originally rushed the doctor to the nearest hospital in Nassau County, he was quickly transferred to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where the receiving team induced hypothermia for the subsequent 24 hours. Five days later, the doctor …

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Clinical Correlations Awarded Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award

November 11, 2009
Clinical Correlations Awarded Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award

We are very excited to announce that Clinical Correlations has been awarded the 2009 Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award.  This awards program, now in it’s tenth year,  is the largest web-oriented awards program that is focused exclusively on healthcare.  The program attracts over 1100 entrants. Clinical Correlations won this award in the Best Health/Healthcare Content-Physician/Clinician Focused Site category.   To win this prestigious award as we celebrate our third anniversary is a tremendous accomplishment.  Thank you to all our editors and authors who have continued to produce …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

November 9, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Megha Shah MD

Faculty peer reviewed

Do we fail to make healthy choices simply because we lack information? If we knew that a tall sized Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino with whip had 300 calories, would we order it anyway? Or would we go for the zero calorie Tazo tea option instead? Well, the jury’s still out…In April 2008, a law was passed that required calorie counts to be posted next to prices in all chains with at least 15 outlets nationwide, affecting close to 2,000 restaurants …

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