Measles Alert!

February 20, 2008
Measles Alert!

Commentary by Rosemary Adamson MD, PGY-2

Be on the look-out for measles! New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) issued a measles alert at the end of last November because there were 5 confirmed cases of measles being imported from abroad in 2007 to NYC. The DOHMH wished to raise healthcare provider awareness of measles, especially in travelers. Coming from the UK, this alert is close to my heart, as Britain has been battling with reduced uptake of the MMR vaccine and consequent…

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ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

February 18, 2008
ShortCuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Michael Poles MD, Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations 

Welcome back blogophiles to this week’s clinical correlations. Hope you all had a nice President’s Day weekend. Now, let’s move on to the discussion.

I was a bit disturbed last night, while watching 60 minutes on TV. Their first piece was an expose on Bayer’s drug Trasylol (aprotinin), which has been used for 14 years to control bleeding in the OR. This blockbuster drug resulted in earnings of hundreds of millions…

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Grand Rounds: “Fibromyalgia and Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts and the Prince of Wales”

February 14, 2008
Grand Rounds: “Fibromyalgia and Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts and the Prince of Wales”

Commentary by Nitasha Sarswat MD, PGY-3 

This week’s Medicine Grand Rounds speaker was Gerald Weissmann, MD, a familiar face at Bellevue/NYU. He is a professor of rheumatology, the former chairman of the Department of Rheumatology and current director of the Biotechnology Study Center.

Dr. Weissmann began by discussing homeopathic medicine and its roots in the Romantiic reaction against the Enlightenment and how homeopathic treatments today are not rooted in science. He discussed the use of plants such as briony and rhus toxicodendron…

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Clinical Pathology Conference 1/08- The Answer

February 13, 2008

Case Presentation by Minisha Sood 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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Shortcuts-This Week in the Journals

February 11, 2008
Shortcuts-This Week in the Journals

Commentary by Aaron Lord MD, Copy Editor, Clinical Correlations

The medical news event of the week was of course the early termination of the glucose control arm of the ACCORD trial, which showed increased mortality with intensive glucose control. You can check it out via our post on the trial by Endocrinology Section Editor Melissa Freeman.  Also, make sure to eyeball Goede’s et al. study in this week’s NEJM which showed decreased mortality with intensive glucose control.  Stay tuned as this interesting story…

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A New Path for the ACCORD (The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) trial: Does Being Sweeter Save Lives?

February 8, 2008
A New Path for the ACCORD (The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) trial: Does Being Sweeter Save Lives?

Commentary by Melissa Freeman MD, Endocrinology Section Editor

The ACCORD trial is an ongoing 5-year, North American, randomized study that began in 2001 to evaluate potential interventions to decrease cardiovascular (CV) events in adults living with DM2.  The trial enrolled 10,251 adults, aged 40- 82, with DM2 for 10 or more years, and a history of CV disease or two CV risk factors in addition to DM2. All participants were randomized at enrollment into intensive versus standard glucose control. In addition, participants were…

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Mystery Quiz- The Answer

February 6, 2008
Mystery Quiz- The Answer

Posted By: 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 the mystery quiz is lung cancer, in particular, adenocarcinoma with a predominantly bronchoalveolar cell pattern (BAC).  The clue to the mystery was the “cough productive of voluminous frothy, watery sputum,” bronchorrhea, which is often the presenting complaint of patients with BAC. Other entries in the differential diagnosis are characterized by cough that is non-productive such as…

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Shortcuts-This Week in the Journals: The Superbowl Edition

February 5, 2008
Shortcuts-This Week in the Journals: The Superbowl Edition

Commentary By: Joshua Olstein, MD Associate Editor, Clinical Correlations

Let’s begin this week by congratulating the Superbowl XLII champion New York Giants on an excellent victory. As Americans wakes up the day after and begin to recover from our collective binge on nachos, wings, guacamole and all other things trans-fat, let us review some of the recent literature in a vascular disease-themed edition of shortcuts.

Perhaps the most concerning study in light of Sunday’s nail-bitter are the results from a study published…

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