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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

August 30, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Nancyanne Schmidt, MD

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As we enter the final weeks of summer, the peril posed by the tiny mosquito continues to grow to shark-sized proportions. The FDA now recommends that all blood donations in the U.S. be screened for the Zika virus, after the agency had earlier advised only testing in areas with an active outbreak . The FDA is recommending blood facilities in eleven states, including New York, to begin testing for Zika in the next four weeks.

On the other side …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 22, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anne Press, MD

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As the Rio Olympics come to a close this week, we were presented with the best and the worst of the Olympic Games. The world’s focus is surrounding a current scandal related to controversies discussed prior to the Olympics, Brazil’s ability to keep the World’s best athletes safe in a city known for its crime. Last week United States swimmers, including gold medalist Ryan Lochte, came under the spotlight when they recounted a harrowing story of being robbed at …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 15, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Karen McCloskey, MD

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The world’s eyes were on Rio as the 2016 Summer Olympics wrapped up its first full week of competition. In the lap pool (fortunately not green, like the diving pool), United States swimmers had a fantastic games; Michael Phelps continued to demonstrate why he is the most decorated Olympian of all time, closing out his Olympic career with 28 medals, with 5 of his 23 gold medals earned in Rio (along with one silver).1 Katie Ledecky blew away the …

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From the Archives: Morgellons-Real Disease or Delusion Turned Internet Meme?

August 12, 2016
From the Archives: Morgellons-Real Disease or Delusion Turned Internet Meme?

Please enjoy this post from the archives dated October 3, 2012

By Robert Mazgaj

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Morgellons disease is an “unexplained dermopathy” characterized by fibers emerging from skin lesions, and associated with various cutaneous sensations. Inspired by a curious medical condition reported by a 17th century English physician, Morgellons was actually named in 2002 by Mary Leitao, a layperson, to describe the mysterious set of symptoms reportedly suffered by her then 2-year-old son. Leitao then launched the not-for-profit Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) along with …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 10, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

 By Nathan Teich, MD

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This week, Rio de Janeiro hosts the XXXI Summer Olympics games which had its official opening ceremonies on August 5th, 2016. Many controversies surround the games including doping scandals and concerns about safety in the host city . However, many positives are also highlighted by the games, including athletes such as Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini whose Olympic journey includes her and another refugee pulling an overloaded dinghy across the Mediterranean to Greece saving the lives of 20 other people …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 1, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Christopher Sonne , MD

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This week, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party. Her acceptance came on the final day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia. After eight years as first lady, eight years as senator and four years as US Secretary of State, she delivered what some would consider to be one of her most important political speeches. In it she called for party and national unity, and stated …

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Botox: Not Just for Wrinkles Anymore

July 28, 2016
Botox: Not Just for Wrinkles Anymore

Samantha Kass Newman, MD

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You can get a Botox injection almost anywhere these days. Internists, dermatologists, and even gynecologists have capitalized on an aging group of baby boomers who aren’t fans of their wrinkles. And it’s true that with an impressive safety profile, few contraindications, rapid effectiveness, and positive cash return for providers, botulinum toxin injections for cosmetic purposes can make everyone happy.

Botulinim toxin is produced by the anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. This is the strongest toxin found in nature. When injected …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 25, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vishal Shah, MD

Peer Reviewed

A lone 18-year-old gunman opened fire on the public in the vicinity of the Olympia Shopping mall in Munich, Germany this past Friday July 22nd . He carried a 9mm handgun and roughly 300 rounds of ammunition. Nine victims lost their lives and 35 were wounded . The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Germany has some of the strictest firearm laws in the world . Those younger than 25 who attempt to buy a gun must have …

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