Myths and Realities: Colon Cleansing: Healthful or just a load of @$%!

July 16, 2009
Myths and Realities: Colon Cleansing: Healthful or just a load of @$%!

Chau Che MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

You’ll have increased energy, radiant skin, reduced joint pain, improved asthma symptoms, and best of all…you will lose weight. These are some of the purported benefits of removing “toxins” (otherwise known as undigested material) from the colon through cleansing. As with fashion, music, and art, what’s old has a way of becoming trendy again…especially when celebrities such as Beyonce talk about it on the Oprah Winfrey show. Colon cleansing has become popular but it is far from a new …

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A Primer on H1N1

July 15, 2009
A Primer on H1N1

Liana Barkan MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed 

So much mystery and confusion, and yet so few answers, surround the current H1N1 Pandemic. From where did it come? How did it evolve to have genes from avian, human, and swine flu viruses? How does a virus that normally requires direct contact with the source animal develop the ability to sustain human-to-human transmission? What determines its mechanism of pathogenicity? Before we can attempt to answer these questions we need to review the basic pathophysiology of the influenza virus …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

July 13, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ami Jhaveri MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

A low calorie diet, high adiponectin levels, new anti-cancer agents, and for patients on erythropoietin, hemoglobin levels between 9-12 g/dL are on the prescription pad this summer.

The New York Times reported that a low calorie diet may extend life in primates. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been studying rhesus monkeys and the effects of low calorie diets on their health and mortality. As the average lifespan of rhesus monkeys is 27 years, the study started over …

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Meeting Perspectives: The 2009 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference

July 8, 2009
Meeting Perspectives: The 2009 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference

Commentary by Kristy Bauer MD and Nishay Chitkara MD, NYU Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The 2009 meeting of the American Thoracic Society took place in sunny San Diego, California from May 15-20. The ATS meeting is the largest gathering of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals, and features over 5300 original research studies and scientific presentations. San Diego has long been a frequent host to the ATS meeting, with its ideal location. The large convention center in downtown …

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

July 6, 2009
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ishmeal Bradley MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Let’s face it, the American population is getting older. With the graying of our populace (life expectancy 80 years for females, 74 for males), there has come an increased need for better quality of care and more cost-effective preventive care. The current healthcare fiscal crisis only highlights the need to more carefully spend our healthcare dollars. This week, the journals spent considerable space discussing the particular needs of the elderly and the preventive treatments that target them.

Take osteoporosis, …

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Practicing Medicine in Rural America, Part II

July 3, 2009
Practicing Medicine in Rural America, Part II

Erin Ducharme MD

This entry is the second in a three part series where I share highlights from my conversation with my home-town physician from rural southern Iowa. The town where I grew up and he practices, Chariton, is 60 miles south of the state’s capital Des Moines. It boasts one hospital, one high school, and not a single traffic light. This section is dedicated to details about the rural medical facilities, the reimbursements, the call structure and more.  Please also see Part I.

The …

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Ethics Commentary: Communication and Breaking Bad News

July 2, 2009
Ethics Commentary: Communication and Breaking Bad News

Commentary on Dr. Cox’s Tales of Survival by Antonella Surbone MD PhD FACP, Ethics Editor

Commenting on Dr. Cox’s honest heartfelt piece is not an easy task and even less so for me, as Ethics Editor. Why? Because before being a trained, published bioethicist, I’m a physician too. I’ve been through medical training and Fellowship in oncology in Italy and in the US: everywhere I have experienced the same doubts and felt the same anguish that Dr. Cox powerfully describes. During my internship, I still …

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Breaking News: Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Ban on Vicodin and Percocet

July 1, 2009
Breaking News: Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Ban on Vicodin and Percocet

Aalok Turakhia MD

In an attempt to err on the side of safety, an advisory panel to the Federal Food and Drug Administration narrowly voted yesterday to ban the popular prescription pain medications Percocet and Vicodin, in a 20-17 vote.Both medications are a combination of a narcotic and acetaminophen, and according to the New York Times, it was a growing concern over the safety of acetaminophen that prompted the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to assemble in Adelphi, Maryland early this week.…

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