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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 24, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Neha Sathe, MD 

Peer Reviewed 

As new fires ignite at the enormous Tianjin blast site in northern China, concern mounts regarding exposure to 700 tons of toxic chemicals that had been stored there. The initial explosion, a tragedy that claimed 116 lives and destroyed 17,000 homes, released high levels of such chemicals as sodium cyanide, which continues to affect local air and water quality.

While China moves to control this chemical exposure, Africa celebrates one year without a new case of polio on the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mariya Rosenblit, MD

Peer Reviewed

On Friday, the Greek parliament and Eurozone finance ministers approved an international loan deal, saving the Greek government from going into default on their debts. The package is 86 billion euros and requires Greece to put in place spending limits, new tax increases, and raising the retirement age. This allows Greece to remain in the Eurozone and make its 3.2 billion euro payment to the European Central bank on August 20th. The hope is that the bailout will allow …

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The Great Marijuana Debate – Effects on Psychosis and Cognition

August 13, 2015
The Great Marijuana Debate – Effects on Psychosis and Cognition

By Kristina Cieslak, MD

Peer Reviewed 

The heavily debated gradual decriminalization and legalization of marijuana will likely result in easier access for all ages. An informed debate has been stymied, however, by a lack of prospective data examining the various long-term effects of marijuana use on the brain, particularly among adolescents who use it heavily. This year, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) initiated the “National Longitudinal Study of the Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Substance Use.” This study will follow a large cohort of children …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 10, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Republican presidential candidates from left, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: OTK

By Samantha Kass Newman, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week we saw a dynamic cast of characters engage in a hearty debate with the hopes of earning the GOP’s nomination for the presidency in 2016. Although the candidates rarely agreed, they stood united in …

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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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