Chronicles of a Second Year Medical Student

August 6, 2015
Chronicles of a Second Year Medical Student

By Matthew Siow

Peer Reviewed 

Day 1 of the medicine rotation: complete. I was on long call today, which meant three things. One, the hours during which I had to pretend I knew something were longer. Two, I saw a lot of things I had never seen before, from more common things like COPD exacerbations and acute pancreatitis to more obscure things like erythrodermic psoriasis and multiple brain abscesses. And third, it’s 8 PM and I am absolutely exhausted.

As I lie down and start …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 3, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Kudlowitz, MD

Peer Reviewed

In the news this week, 4 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx (1). A total of 65 people have been affected since mid-July. All deaths have been in older patients with underlying medical problems. NYC health officials have decontaminated several buildings’ water supply, including a hospital and a hotel. The initial outbreak of Legionella was at the American Legion conference in Philadelphia in 1976. There, 221 people were infected and 34 people …

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Morbidity & Mortality for James A. Garfield – A Book Review of “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard

July 31, 2015
Morbidity & Mortality for James A. Garfield – A Book Review of “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard

By David Kudlowitz, MD

Peer Reviewed 

Last December, an unremitting sore throat led President Barack Obama to see an ENT. When the fiberoptic exam revealed soft tissue swelling in his throat, his physicians ordered a CAT scan. After a 28-minute visit to Walter Reed Hospital and a normal imaging study, he was diagnosed with acid reflux.   It is likely that the president’s doctors were acting in an overabundance of caution. Unfortunately, President Obama is not the first American president to get superfluous medical care. For …

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The Role of Fish Oil in Arrhythmia Prevention

July 29, 2015
The Role of Fish Oil in Arrhythmia Prevention

By Steven Bolger

Peer Reviewed

Omega-3 fatty acids were first identified as a potential agent to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease through several epidemiologic studies of the Greenlandic Inuit in the 1970s suggesting that high consumption of fish oil was associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease . Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that have been shown to be beneficial in treating hypertriglyceridemia and in the secondary prevention of cardiac events .

The GISSI-Prevenzione trial, …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 28, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kevin Ha, MD, PhD

Peer Reviewed 

This week, NASA announced the discovery of Kepler 425b, an exoplanet that is “Earth’s bigger, older cousin” . It takes 385 days to orbit around the habitable zone of its sun, and it “almost certainly” has an atmosphere. Although its sun is brighter than our own, the exoplanet receives about the same amount of sunlight as ours because its orbit is wider. Overall, Kepler 425b is the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found in a habitable zone. With this …

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UV Nail Lamps and Cancer: A Correlation?

July 24, 2015
UV Nail Lamps and Cancer: A Correlation?

By Jennifer Ng, MD

Peer Reviewed 

Beauty and suffering are often thought to be intertwined.  It is hard to have your cake and eat it too.  In the quest for beauty, women (and men) have subjected themselves to toxic and potentially deadly practices, such as applying lead-based cosmetics to whiten their faces historically , or more recently, going to tanning beds and/or laying out in the sun for prolonged periods to get a “healthy glow.”  As we have become increasingly health-conscious and vigilant, more and …

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A Primer on CRP and Cardiovascular Risk

July 22, 2015
A Primer on CRP and Cardiovascular Risk

Cindy Fei, MD

Peer Reviewed

A 63-year-old woman with hypertension presents to your clinic for routine follow-up. She came across an online article regarding C-reactive protein and its purported link to heart disease, and she asks you whether she should be tested for it. She is an otherwise asymptomatic non-smoker without a family history of heart disease. Her only medication is hydrochlorothiazide. Her blood pressure measured in the office is 128/81 mmHg, her low-density lipoprotein is 110 mg/dL, and her high-density lipoprotein is 54 mg/dL. …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 21, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robin Guo, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week was marked by ground-breaking milestones in the fields of science and engineering, such as the awe-inspiring images of Pluto beamed from several billion miles away and the bioengineering of an organoid human brain to study autism (1, 2). As we sit behind our screens and reminisce about the days when Pluto was still a planet, let us take a look at several news-worthy discoveries from the medical world.

A New Risk-Stratification Index for Pneumonia Patients on Appropriate

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