Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 5, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jennifer Ng, MD

Peer Reviewed

The end is near, as has been foretold for over a thousand years. Yet, the plague, Halley’s comet, Nostradamus, Y2K, and the Mayan Prophecy – just to name a few so-called predicted apocalyptic events – have all come and gone, and the world is still here. However, never has the prophecy seemed more poised to come true than now. Just in the past week, thirty plus tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South, and the death count is still…

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Is the Funduscopic Exam Worthwhile For the General Practitioner?

May 2, 2014
Is the Funduscopic Exam Worthwhile For the General Practitioner?

By Emily Fisher

Peer Reviewed

Some have said that physical examination is a dying art and the nondilated funduscopic exam may be one of the best examples of this. With the increasing perception that the use of imaging and labs allows physicians to diagnose diseases with more confidence than a history and physical exam alone , the days when an ophthalmoscope was almost as important as the white coat or the stethoscope and was part of a “bag of tools,” are quickly becoming a…

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Clinical Correlations Reaches 1000 Articles Published!!

May 1, 2014
Clinical Correlations Reaches 1000 Articles Published!!

By: Neil Shapiro, MD Editor in Chief, Clinical Correlations

It’s so hard to fathom that Clinical Correlations, now in its 8th year, has reached yet another very significant milestone – 1000 articles published. Now this may not rate up there with McDonald’s over 300 billion served, but nonetheless I believe it is a milestone truly worth celebrating. Our website had its origin as a simple internal medicine residency program “blog” back in 2006, a year best remembered for the Human Genome Project publishing the last…

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MSG: Can an Amino Acid Really Be Harmful?

April 30, 2014
MSG: Can an Amino Acid Really Be Harmful?

By Michael Lee, MD

Peer Reviewed

The human taste bud has become increasingly accustomed to the Japanese invention of the early 20th century: monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG. Its basic component, glutamate, is a non-essential amino acid found in many naturally occurring food sources. This universally consumed food additive has historically garnered much attention for its potential threat to human health. To best understand how an amino acid has amassed such a tarnished reputation, we must first consider the history of its discovery and…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 28, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Peer reviewed

NYU Langone made headlines in the New York Times this week with the re-opening of its emergency room, over 18 months after waters from the East River flooded the hospital during Hurricane Sandy . Now triple its previous size, the emergency room is fully open for business, most notably to city ambulances – a rare sight in the post-Sandy era.

Many have suggested the opening of the emergency room has social implications – patient advocates have long accused…

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Impact on Patients and Preventive Medicine

April 25, 2014
Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Impact on Patients and Preventive Medicine

By Neelesh Rastogi

Peer Reviewed

In reference to the $100,000 he spent to research the genetic basis of the pancreatic cancer that ultimately killed him, Steve Jobs famously said, “I’m either going to be the first to be able to outrun a cancer like this, or I’m going to be one of the last to die from it” . Mr. Jobs was interested in finding the specific genetic mutations his tumor contained so as to allow doctors to optimize his drug therapy. Now other genetic…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 22, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Harry Saag, MD

Peer Reviewed

Roughly one year ago the city of Boston was in upheaval after two young men set off bombs in close proximity to the city’s landmark marathon, injuring hundreds of people. One year later the city was, once again, hosting its annual run with as much pride and fervor as ever. Despite the atrocities of last year’s events, it did not deter the city of Boston from forging on stronger than ever.

Similar analogies can be made regarding progress in…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 14, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arnab Ghosh, MD

Peer Reviewed

With the awakening of Spring this week, the City basks in its new growth. Wandering the streets and avenues, the parks and riversides, they resemble the concord of the natural elements, whisking the bleeding cold away for another year. Punctuated by the dance of Spring showers, the vigour of the Sun’s warmth is empowering, embracing and enhancing. And so the troubles of faraway places, in Crimea, Syria, the Central African Republic, of terrible actions befalling our world, like climate…

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