The 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards-The Polls are Open

January 28, 2010
The 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards-The Polls are Open

We are honored  to once again be named as a finalist in the categories of Best Medical Weblog and Best Clinical Sciences Weblog in Medgadget’s 6th Annual Medical Blog Awards.  Reviewing the nominations in each award category is a wonderful opportunity to familiarize yourself with the medical blogosphere.  There are so many worthy sites out there that I strongly urge you to spend some time surfing the nominations in each of the categories.  There’s something here for everyone regardless of where your interest in healthcare …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 26, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Jon-Emile Kenny MD

Faculty peer reviewed

As the leading cause of death in the United States (1), cardiovascular disease enjoys much basic and clinical research. This week’s PrimeCuts will focus on recent inquiry and review pertaining to this vital system.

JAMA reported that researchers have highlighted a putative link between omega-3 fatty acids and molecular aging in patients with baseline coronary heart disease (2). Telomeres are important lengths of DNA at the ends of chromosomes. Due to the mechanics of replication, small pieces of telomeres …

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NYU in Haiti

January 24, 2010
NYU in Haiti

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, physicians, nurses, and staff at NYU Langone Medical Center came together to form the Haitian Effort and Relief Team (NYULMC HEART). On Friday, January 22, 2010, the first group of HEART volunteers arrived in Haiti to provide surgical services and support at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.   Fritz Francois, MD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity at NYU, is sharing his group’s experience in a compelling blog that puts this tragedy into  real perspective.

Read the NYULMC …

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Dix-Hallpike Positive, No Red Flags, Now What?

January 23, 2010
Dix-Hallpike Positive, No Red Flags, Now What?

The Proper Diagnosis and Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Carly Oboudiyat

Faculty peer reviewed

You finally have the “dizzy” patient whose eyes actually beat torsionally upwards when you do that silly maneuver you have done countless times to no avail. Hallelujah, you think, a positive Dix-Hallpike sign, reassuring you that you have a case of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). But now what? Do you try that other acrobatic maneuver to reposition the canaliths in the posterior canal, or should you give meclizine?

Benign …

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Chief of Service Rounds: Should You Always Stop Anticoagulating a Bleeding Patient?

January 20, 2010
Chief of Service Rounds: Should You Always Stop Anticoagulating a Bleeding Patient?

Chief-of-service rounds is a new feature of Clinical Correlations.  Here we summarize Bellevue Hospital’s Chief of Service Rounds moderated by the Chief of Medicine, Nate Link, MD.  This multidisciplinary bimonthly conference focuses on a case that presents a diagnostic or treatment challenge.  A clinical question is posed at the end of the case and then answered using the principles of evidence based medicine.

Daria Crittenden , MD

Moderator: Nate Link, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, . GI consultant:  Gerry Villanueva, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

January 18, 2010
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Megha Shah, MD

Facutly Peer Reviewed

As you sit down to read this week’s Primecuts, just take a few moments to think about those affected by the tradegy in Haiti. The devastating earthquake that shook the small nation early last week not only affected the nine million inhabitants that call it home but people all over the world, including, as we do live in a global city, our colleagues, neighbors, and patients. As members of the medical community, it is, of course, our inclination to …

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The Ethics of Electronic Health Records

January 15, 2010
The Ethics of Electronic Health Records

John J. Mercuri

Faculty peer reviewed

Introduction
The 111th Congress allocated $19 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 toward the creation of an electronic health record (EHR) for each person in the United States by 2014.(1) The recent debate over EHRs has focused largely on the economic, logistical, and political consequences of implementing such a system; however, the country should also contemplate the ethical ramifications of EHRs. Addressing these concerns requires the application of ethical principles such as autonomy, justice, beneficence/non-maleficence, …

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How Do You Advise the Balding Patient?

January 13, 2010
How Do You Advise the Balding Patient?

Sagar Mungekar

Faculty Peer Reviewed

The incidence of male pattern hair loss can reach almost 100% in some ethnic groups.1, 2 While treatment of the condition is usually deferred to dermatologists, it is often the primary care physician (PCP) who is first approached for advice. Several medical and surgical treatments exist for male pattern hair loss. Herbal supplements and products on infomercials make cursory non-FDA-approved claims of hair growth. Minoxidil, once developed for hypertension, is available over the counter as a scalp treatment. Finasteride and …

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