Does Cranberry Juice Prevent Urinary Tract Infections?

September 11, 2014
Does Cranberry Juice Prevent Urinary Tract Infections?

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated November 9, 2011

By Jessie Yu

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A healthy 21-year-old female college student presents to clinic after one day of dysuria and increased frequency. You diagnose her with a recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI), and as you hand her a prescription for empiric antibiotic treatment, she asks you if drinking cranberry juice will prevent these in the future…

Drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) has been a traditional folk remedy for…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 9, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vaughan Tuohy, MD

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In sports news this week, the Seahawks crushed the Packers, 36-16, in the NFL season opener as Aaron Rodgers “played scared” against the Seahawks defense led by Richard Sherman, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In actual news, the U.S. military continued airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants continued in Eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement. A federal judge ruled that BP should be fined $18 billion for “profit-driven decisions and willful…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 2, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Kaveri Korgavkar, MD

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This week, ISIS militants continued to draw worldwide condemnation with the release of a video showing the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting in northern Iraq. Jihadists warned that others would be killed if Kurdish leaders continued to back the US and it appears that they have killed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers. In other news, President Poroshenko held urgent talks in Kiev, saying that Russian troops are “in Ukraine,” a nine-year-old girl fired…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 26, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Toprover, MD

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As investigators work to identify the Islamist militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, upset continues. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there are about 20 more journalists missing in Syria, most believed to be held by ISIS. Since August 8th, the US military has carried out 90 airstrikes however officials report that there is a “new context” for confronting ISIS and cutting off its supplies since the recent horrific event. Up to now, many of the US…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 18, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rachel Kaplan, MD

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As the Ebola epidemic continues to plague West Africa, ZMapp, an experimental monoclonal antibody to Ebola virus antigens manufactured in tobacco plants, remains in high demand. According to the New York Times, the last remaining doses were recently provided to Liberian health workers after appeals to the United States . Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, who provided the drug, stated that the “available supply of ZMapp has been exhausted,” but that it is working on ramping up supply to undertake…

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Neoplastic Fever: Pathophysiology, Clinical Features, And Diagnostic Assessment

August 13, 2014
Neoplastic Fever: Pathophysiology, Clinical Features, And Diagnostic Assessment

By David Kudlowitz, MD

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Neoplastic fever (aka tumor fever) is a challenging yet essential clinical diagnosis. In fevers of unknown origin, studies estimate that the incidence of neoplastic fever is anywhere from 7 to 31% . In the febrile patient with malignancy, tumor fever is the most common cause of non-infectious pyrexia (41%) . While leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, atrial myxoma, renal cell carcinoma, and liver metastases are the most common culprits, neoplastic fever has been reported in several other cancer types…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 11, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kerrilynn Carney, MD

Peer Reviewed

In global news this week, shots resume as the ceasefire expires between Israel and Hamas. Strikes in Gaza were quickly followed by those in Iraq, where President Obama authorized military strikes on Islamic state militants advancing toward the US consulate and military personnel residing in the city of Irbil. A US journalist was arrested in Iran for unknown reason and the struggle to contain Ebola marches on. Among the wave of violence and contagion abroad, at home Dr. Kent…

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Chimeras Could Bridge the Gap Between Treatment and Cure Or Are They Your Silent and Deadly Twin?

August 8, 2014
Chimeras Could Bridge the Gap Between Treatment and Cure Or Are They Your Silent and Deadly Twin?

By Pritha Subramanyam

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Mrs. CS is a 66-year-old Indian female who presents for a cardiology follow-up. The patient has a history of mitral regurgitation secondary to rheumatic fever she experienced as a child. As a teenager, her condition was diagnosed when she frequently became short of breath while playing sports in school. She was in good health until 24 years ago, when an acute episode of dyspnea while climbing stairs sent her to the emergency room. Her native mitral valve was found to…

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