Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 11, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Amar Parikh, MD

Peer Reviewed

Just days after the United States celebrated its 240th birthday, the nation was devastated by the tragic deaths of two young black men and five Dallas police officers amidst the country’s ongoing struggle over race relations. Alton Sterling was shot to death in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during an encounter with two police officers, while Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota during a routine stop for a broken taillight. The grisly footage of both their deaths was widely …

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From the Archives: Myth vs. Reality: The July Effect

July 7, 2016
From the Archives: Myth vs. Reality: The July Effect

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated August 12, 2012

By Mark Adelman, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Another July 1st has come and gone, marking the yearly transition in US graduate medical education of interns to junior residents, junior residents to senior residents, and senior residents to fellows. With this annual mid-summer mass influx of nearly 37,000 interns and other trainees taking on new clinical responsibilities, learning to use different electronic medical record systems and navigating the other idiosyncrasies of unfamiliar institutions, one …

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Stroke 2.0: Novel methods of Detection, Selection and Intervention in Acute Cerebral Ischemia

June 29, 2016
Stroke 2.0: Novel methods of Detection, Selection and Intervention in Acute Cerebral Ischemia

By David Valentine, MD

Peer Reviewed

Stroke is among the costliest disorders in the world for both individuals and society. Every hour of an evolving stroke kills 120 million neurons, destroys 830 billion synapses and degrades 714 kilometers of myelinated fibers, aging the brain by 3.6 years in those 60 minutes1. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the USA, currently costing $70 billion a year2 with $2.2 trillion more projected over the next forty years3. The global burden is even higher.

Despite …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 28, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Katherine Nixon, MD

Peer Reviewed 

This week the United Kingdom (UK) had a national vote on whether to stay in or leave the European Union (E.U.). On Thursday June 23rd, the nation voted to leave the E.U. with a win of just 52% . The push for movement out of the E.U. was started when the nation saw a large influx of immigrants, and fears ensued. In the E.U., citizens are allowed to move and live freely within the participating countries. With over 330,000 …

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The Pool

June 24, 2016
The Pool

By Jafar Al-Mondhiry, MD

I’m surprised I even noticed it. The patient gowns, IV poles, slipper-socks—all normal fare in the hallways of a busy hospital.  But down in the elevator bank, just between the Emergency Department and the main hospital floors above us where invariably such sights predominate, he seemed out of place. The stony, oblivious look he carried on his face made my brow furrow just a little deeper, seeing that checked-out expression so characteristic of the over- or under-medicated psychiatric patient.

And then …

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From The Archives – Medicine’s Favorite Default Diagnosis: Non-compliance

June 23, 2016
From The Archives – Medicine’s Favorite Default Diagnosis: Non-compliance

Please enjoy this post from the archives, dated August 2, 2012

By Robert Keller

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In a small examination room on the Ambulatory Care floor of a large hospital in Brooklyn, I greet Ms. S, a 53-year-old Jamaican woman, as she walks through the door and plops herself down in the chair across from me. Having spent 20 minutes perusing her chart, I know that she suffers from morbid obesity, uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure 165/95), and terrible diabetes (A1c 13.8%). I have already …

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The Brain’s Effect on the Heart After a Stroke

June 22, 2016
The Brain’s Effect on the Heart After a Stroke

By Rory Abrams, MD

Peer Reviewed 

The heart and brain are hopelessly intertwined. Their connection is greater than the tissues and sinews that physically tether them to the human body, and can be understood in three ways: 1) how the heart affects the brain, 2) how the brain affects the heart, and 3) how the heart and brain are both affected by various neuro-cardiac syndromes.  The heart’s effects on the brain are illustrated when there is hypoperfusion of the brain resulting in syncope, or when …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 20, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Janice Jang, MD

Peer Reviewed

On Sunday, June 12th a safe haven for the L.G.B.T. community in Orlando bore witness to the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst act of terrorism in our country’s history since 9/11.   The 29-year-old gunman, Omar Mateen, entered the gay nightclub filled with hundreds of people celebrating the club’s weekly Latin Night, and single-handedly turned the scene into a deadly massacre, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded .  In the aftermath of the shooting, …

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