Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 7, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Todd Cutler, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Summer is here and the only thing hotter than the weather is this week’s edition of Primecuts. In an early online publication this week in Lancet , the authors of the CANOE (Canadian Normoglycemia Outcomes Evaluation) study evaluated the efficacy of rosiglitazone and metformin in preventing progression to type 2 diabetes in patients with impaired glucose tolerance. In previous studies, both drugs had individually been shown to be effective in preventing progression to diabetes in high-risk patients, however, …

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Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis- Half-Baked? The Evidence Behind Cannabinoid Use for the Treatment of Pain and Spasticity in MS Patients

June 3, 2010
Marijuana and Multiple Sclerosis- Half-Baked? The Evidence Behind Cannabinoid Use for the Treatment of Pain and Spasticity in MS Patients

By Maura RZ Madou, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

When the New Jersey legislature approved a measure to legalize the use of marijuana for patients with chronic illnesses early this year, multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Charles Kwiatkowski, of Hazlet, N.J., rhetorically asked the New York Times; “The M.S. Society has shown that this drug will help slow the progression of my disease. Why would I want to use anything else?”1 New Jersey was the 14th state in the nation to approve such legislation. Does the drug …

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

June 1, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Mario Fusaro, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

We begin this week’s Memorial Day edition of Primecuts by taking a moment to recognize the service men and women of our country.  As people celebrated the holiday weekend with barbeques and beach trips, we should not lose sight of its main significance, to honor those charged with protecting our way of life.  While the veteran population ages, they look to us to protect their health as they once protected our freedoms.   As medical personnel, we can honor …

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Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

May 24, 2010
Primecuts: This Week in the Journals

By Mary Whitman, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

We start this week with news that the American Heart Association (AHA) is teaming up with Nintendo of America to promote its “active gaming” Wii console and games, such as WiiFit.  While some argue that the AHA should be promoting more energetic exercise, we agree with their statement, “Participating in an actual sport is usually more vigorous than active gaming, but active gaming compares very well with sitting on the couch.”  As a sedentary lifestyle is one of …

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Oral Contraceptive Pills: Is It Really Safe to Eliminate Your Period?

May 21, 2010
Oral Contraceptive Pills: Is It Really Safe to Eliminate Your Period?

By Rachel Edlin, MD

Faculty peer reviewed

A 29-year-old female patient with a history of iron deficiency anemia and heavy menstrual periods comes into the clinic for a regular visit. She is tired of iron supplementation and its associated constipation. As she is currently on oral contraceptive pills, you recommend using these to reduce her menstrual period to four times a year. She asks, “Is that really safe?”

Is menstruation necessary?

Monthly menstruation is not the historical norm. Compared with modern women, women in prehistoric …

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Appropriateness for Revascularization in Stable Angina

May 19, 2010
Appropriateness for Revascularization in Stable Angina

Introduction to Cases:

During the upcoming weeks, we will post a series of cases addressing the appropriate treatment for patients with stable coronary artery disease. We will be focus on indications for revascularization in stable angina. In all of the cases, the patients will be at high enough risk that stress tests and coronary angiography will be performed.

There has been recent data and recommendations on the appropriate indications for revascularization in stable angina. These recommendations are based on clinical symptoms, non-invasive imaging, and catheterization …

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

May 17, 2010
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

Brandon Oberweis, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 This week’s edition of Primecuts begins with President Obama’s recent nomination of Elena Kagan, the current Solicitor General of the United States, as the 112th Supreme Court Justice.  If confirmed, Kagan would join Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor as the third female justice on the bench.  Frank Sinatra once sang in his tribute to New York, “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere…” And right he was.  Interestingly, all three of these women, Ginsburg, …

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Clinical Correlations Wins 2010 Gold Award as Best Blog from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors

May 13, 2010
Clinical Correlations Wins 2010 Gold Award as Best Blog from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors

I am pleased to announce that Clinical Correlations has received the 2010 Gold Award as best blog from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.

From the award announcement:

The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) recognizes editorial excellence and achievement in the field of healthcare publishing. The annual awards competition provides an opportunity for editors to measure their efforts and publications against the very best the healthcare sector has to offer. You can be proud that your efforts have earned you this highly …

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