Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 20, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Peer Reviewed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC confirmed on May 12 that a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was present in the U.S. This patient in Florida is a resident of Saudi Arabia, much like the first U.S. case of MERS, which occurred in a traveler from Saudi Arabia to Indiana that the CDC announced 10 days earlier. While the CDC cautions that vigilance is needed to recognize and respond to this emerging infectious disease,…

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Timekeeping

May 16, 2014
Timekeeping

By Nancy Hernandez

 

I did not know you until that time,

We scurried into your room

And found you pulseless, breathless, lifeless.

I was asked to keep

Time.

 

Fumbling for paper, I resorted to skin,

Marking the time we started to

Restore your blood flow.

Pumping in air,

Compressing your chest,

As you were infused with epinephrine,

I kept time.

 

Your story started pouring in,

You were post-op for an

Incision and drainage

Of your limb amputation site -

A diabetic’s fight.…

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HotSpots: The Evolution of Medicine

May 15, 2014
HotSpots: The Evolution of Medicine

Welcome to HotSpots. In this series, we highlight unique websites of interest to the medical profession. Feel free to make suggestions for sites that should be featured in this series by clicking the comment field or sending us an email.

Matthew Vorsanger, MD

When we consider the accomplishments that have been made in the history of the field of medicine, taking a step back can reveal an astounding landscape. Please see below for a remarkable infographic produced by Aria Cahill on the Evolution of Medicine.


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New Cholesterol Guidelines: How Safe Are High-Potency Statins?

May 14, 2014
New Cholesterol Guidelines: How Safe Are High-Potency Statins?

By Molly Anderson

Peer Reviewed

Managing hyperlipidemia is a mainstay of cardiovascular risk reduction. The 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines no longer target specific low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol levels, but recommend lipid-lowering therapies of varying intensity based on the predicted risk of cardiovascular events . Adoption of the new guidelines would result in millions more Americans receiving high-potency statins; it is therefore important to investigate potential dangers associated with aggressive therapy and the long-term implications for patients.

Many studies have shown that strict adherence to lipid-lowering medications improves…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 12, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kaley Myer, MD

Peer Reviewed

The US government has offered to assist the Nigerian government this week in an effort to locate hundreds of girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok by the militant organization Boko Haram last month. Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of knowing of an impending threat to the school and failing to act. The group’s leader claimed, on a video that surfaced this week, that the girls were to be sold into slavery.

WHO releases estimates of worldwide

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Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scans

May 9, 2014
Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scans

By Susanna Jeurling

Peer Reviewed

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently finalized its position regarding annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scanning for early detection of lung cancer. The grade B recommendation states that individuals between the ages of 55 and 80 with a 30 pack-year history or more of smoking who are current smokers or who have quit within the last 15 years should undergo annual LDCT screening, based on the results of the National Lung Screening Trial . Lung cancer is the…

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Infection Transmission During Air Travel

May 7, 2014
Infection Transmission During Air Travel

By Aaron Smith, MD

Peer Reviewed

It’s become a familiar site to travelers: airline passengers wearing respiratory masks to filter pathogens from the cabin air. To those not wearing masks, the fashion trend can be discomfiting. Are the mask-wearers paranoid or prudent? What is the probability of contracting an illness on an airplane? And how unique is the aircraft environment when it comes to disease transmission?

It is clear that due to lower air exchange rates and decreased sunlight, enclosed spaces such as buildings…

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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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