Why Do We Do What We Do: Common Hospital Practices Revealed

February 27, 2015
Why Do We Do What We Do: Common Hospital Practices Revealed

By Dana Zalkin

Peer Reviewed

A code is called on the overhead speaker and the on-call teams rush to the scene to see what awaits them. EKG leads are being placed, medications are being ordered, and labs are being drawn. A medical student stands with a bag of ice, ready to grab the arterial blood gas (ABG) and run it down to the lab. “Why do we put the ABG on ice right away?” the student wonders. But in this moment, while a patient teeters …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 25, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Steven R. Liu, MD

Peer Reviewed

“And the award goes to…” – for those of you who watched the Academy Awards this week, you will have been an admirer of Neil Patrick Harris’ opening, his presence in the audience, and his underwear spoof of “Birdman”. The event made for glamorous viewing, and also included heartfelt speeches from winners about the lingering state of race relations, suicide, and equality for women among some of the topics.

In the journals this week…

Nitric oxide, antihypertensive treatment

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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 …

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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, and …

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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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