PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 11, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Kathir Palanisamy MD

Faculty peer reviewed

With the recent Christmas day terrorist attack fresh in our memories, the New York Times published an article about some of the health risks of the proposed whole body airport scanners. The two major technologies used in these whole body scanners are backscatter and millimeter wave. Backscatter scanners use ionizing radiation, about 1% of the amount used in dental x-rays. To put this into perspective according to Robert Barish’s book, “The Invisible Passenger,” the dose delivered would be the …

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Tales of Survival: The Rock’s Wife

January 8, 2010
Tales of Survival: The Rock’s Wife

John Trahanas

She was not my patient. Actually, she was nobody’s patient, she was just a wife; she was “the family.” She was a rough, stern looking woman, and with good reason as she had weathered many difficult times. Her husband had been severely demented for many years; however, it was only in the past few months that he required such intensive inpatient care. He was not conscious or communicative, but he was clearly in pain from the gaping, gangrenous sacral ulcer that his prolonged …

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Some gleanings from the meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Philadelphia, October 29-November 1. 2009

January 6, 2010
Some gleanings from the meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Philadelphia, October 29-November 1. 2009

Neal H. Steigbigel, M.D.

The recent IDSA meeting reviewed many important and interesting findings.  Topics spanned a wide array of subjects, many of which are of importance and interest to all physicians.  These subjects included:

HIV/AID- increasing support for starting HAART earlier Influenza-details regarding pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical presentation and treatment for the H1N1 2009 Influenza pandemic infections Updates regarding  pyogenic bacterial meningitis and Group A streptococcus necrotizing fasciitis Management information regarding the all too common hospital-associated multiple drug resistant gram-negative bacillary infections (especially, P. aeruginosa…

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PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

January 4, 2010
PrimeCuts: This Week in the Journals

Ramin Hastings MD

Faculty peer reviewed

While the journals and media continue to focus on the H1N1 virus, an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sparked a good deal of controversy. In fact, the New York Times referenced the study in an article entitled, “F.D.A to Seek New Standards on Human Tests (1).” Dhruva et al set out to study the premarket approval process for medical devices and the quality of the evidence used during that process (2). They performed …

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Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Us

January 1, 2010
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Us

As we here at Clinical Correlations celebrate the New Year and mark our 3rd anniversary we realize that we have so much to be thankful for.  2009 has been a very productive year for our website.  Our readership has grown over 65% since last year reaching over 200,000 hits this year.  Readers visited us from over 200 countries including a reader from Greenland, the last major holdout.  We were awarded the 2009 Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award our second major award.  Last week Judith Brenner, our …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 28, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Kevin Hsueh, MD

This week finally sees the passage of a belated, but significant milestone in healthcare reform in the United States.  On Christmas Eve ’09, the Senate passed its version of the healthcare reform bill,  potentially setting in motion a radical shift in the way health coverage is provided in the United States.  Of course, significant political wrangling still is yet to be done, as both the House and Senate versions need to be reconciled prior to the bill being signed into law.  Luckily …

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Tales of Survival: The Bellevue Clap

December 24, 2009
Tales of Survival: The Bellevue Clap

Bellevue Hospital, the nation’s oldest public hospital and the heart of our residency program, provides unique and unforgettable training for new physicians.  It is probably safe to say that every resident who trains at Bellevue graduates with a lifetime of stories about the experience. “Tales of Survival” was created to convey some of those stories.

Christopher Tully, MD

The entrance to Bellevue Hospital is a spacious, I.M. Pei-designed Ambulatory Care Building consisting of five floors of exam rooms enclosing a sun-drenched marble atrium, all capped …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 22, 2009
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Ishmeal Bradley, MD

The year 2009 could aptly be named “The Year of the Swine Flu.” Indeed, the emergence of a new influenza pandemic was the biggest health story of the year. In a rather tongue-in-cheek approach, the journal Science named the new H1N1 strain “Virus of the Year.” (1) While the public health community had been focused on Asia as the source of the next great influenza pandemic, especially given the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in 2003, H1N1 surfaced unexpectedly in North America. …

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