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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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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