Ethical Considerations in the Use of Cordons Sanitaires

February 19, 2015
Ethical Considerations in the Use of Cordons Sanitaires

By Rachel Kaplan Hoffmann, M.D., M.S.Ed., and Keith Hoffmann, J.D.

Peer Reviewed

On December 6, 2013, a two-year-old boy living in southeastern Guinea became the first victim of the latest epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Since the death of Patient Zero, EVD has spread throughout West Africa, becoming the largest outbreak of the deadly virus ever . In its most recent report (2/18/15), the World Health Organization (WHO) reported over 20,000 cases of EVD, with over 9,000 reported deaths , but the actual number of infections may be…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Viewed by the public to be so healthy as to prevent doctor’s visits, the apple may be losing its health luster in the eyes of some Americans. This past Friday, the US government approved the planting of genetically modified apples . Called Arctic apples, they have been genetically engineered to be resistant to turning brown when cut or bruised. The fruit, while deemed safe to eat and not harmful to…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shyam Amin, MD

Peer reviewed

In the news…

Congratulations to the New England Patriots and their fans for a thrilling Super Bowl victory this past week. A full ten years since their last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are champions once again in a truly memorable game that featured an historic fourth quarter comeback and a wild final Seahawks drive that was ultimately thwarted by the unlikeliest of heroes.

In health-related news, an investigation led by the New York State attorney…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 3, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kelley Coffman, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

The anti-vaccine movement appears to be gathering steam on social media and major media networks despite a growing outbreak of measles spreading to 8 states, according to California health officials report(1). The outbreak started in California’s Disneyland and has infected over 94 people. Once declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is a highly contagious childhood viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat with white spots on the oral mucosa,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 26, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Meng Chen, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last Friday, in an announcement of hope and optimism, Reuters quoted a senior health official from Liberia as reporting only five remaining confirmed cases of Ebola in Liberia, which was once an epicenter of the deadly disease outbreak that has killed more than 8,600 people in western Africa. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who leads Liberia’s Ebola task force, believes that Liberia could be Ebola-free by the end of February, saying “It means that we are going down…

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Shifting Paradigms in Cancer: Vaccines

January 22, 2015
Shifting Paradigms in Cancer: Vaccines

Joshua Horton

Peer Reviewed

We are not winning the war against cancer, if war is even an appropriate metaphor. When Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act into effect in 1971, many predicted that cancer would be a thing of the past within 5 years. It was likened to polio, smallpox, and other long-since-forgotten scourges of mankind; with appropriate funding and research, surely cancer, too, would vanish. With that act in 1971, the National Cancer Institute received a budget of $200 million, a figure that…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 20, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jovan Begovic, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last Friday, Aetna and Gilead Sciences, the well-known maker of Sovaldi, the “$1000-a-pill” treatment for Hepatitis C, reached a discount agreement that will allow Sovaldi to populate Aetna’s reimbursement lists . Aetna’s decision came after a thorough clinical review of all advanced treatment courses currently available on the market, most of which are priced just under the $100k mark.

Sovaldi also gained mention last week in Malcolm Gladwell’s review of “America’s Bitter Pill,” Steven Brill’s newly published account…

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From The Archives: To Premed or Not to Premed: Are Tylenol and Benadryl Really Necessary Prior to All Transfusions?

January 14, 2015
From The Archives: To Premed or Not to Premed: Are Tylenol and Benadryl Really Necessary Prior to All Transfusions?

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated January 19, 2012

By Robert Gianotti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Case: Mr. T is a 32-year-old male being treated by the oncology service for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. You are the night float intern covering overnight when you are called by the nurse to inform you that his CMV negative platelets have finally arrived from the blood bank. The nurse notices that the day team has not ordered Benadryl or Tylenol to be given prior…

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