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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 15, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joseph Plaksin

Peer Reviewed

This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee declassified a 500-page report that outlined and described uses of torture by the CIA to interrogate suspected terrorists after the attacks of 9/11 . While CIA Director John Brennan tried to defend his agency’s actions, Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chaired the committee that released the report, described the CIA’s interrogation program “a stain on our values and our history.”

Amidst these new revelations, protests in response to the grand jury decisions in the deaths…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Amar Parikh, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, the nation was rocked by the decision of a Staten Island grand jury to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, who was killed after resisting arrest for suspicion of selling “loosies”, or single cigarettes from packs. This comes on the heels of the recent decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. In…

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Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

November 26, 2014
Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

By Matthew Weiss, MD

Peer Reviewed

Background:

The number of worldwide air travelers is expected to surpass 3.3 billion by next year and possibly double by 2030 . The major growth areas for airline travel are international markets where growth rates were twice that of domestic flights within the U.S. during the past two years . With more passengers taking to the skies and enduring longer international and transoceanic flights, the general practitioner is increasingly asked to advise on the risk of travel-associated venous thromboembolism…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 24, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chio Yokose, MD

Peer Reviewed

As temperatures took a noticeable dip earlier this week in New York City, prompting many of us to begrudgingly pull out our heavy down coats and boots from our closets, no place was hit harder than Buffalo, NY. Although no stranger to snow in this part of the country, even lifelong residents of Buffalo were shocked to wake up to a wall of white on Wednesday morning as a lake-effect storm, which rapidly developed over Lake Erie late Tuesday…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

November 19, 2014
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Max Padgett, MD, MPH

Peer Reviewed

The United States and China, the two largest producers of greenhouse gases, have reached a historic agreement on reducing carbon emissions. President Obama announced that the United States will aim to reduce emissions by 20-25% by the year 2025, while Chinese President Xi Jiping stated that carbon emissions would peak in China by 2030. Back in Washington, it was politics as usual. Senate and House Republicans declared the announcement as evidence of President Obama’s “war on coal.” According…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shannon Chiu, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections proved to be a big day for the Republicans, as they took control of the Senate and a record number of governor’s seats, and expanded their majority in the House – their largest House majority since World War II era. President Obama shook off his party’s electoral drubbing, noting that he was eager to find common ground with the Republicans: “It doesn’t make me mopey. It energizes me, because it means that this…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 4, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Benjamin Geisler, MD MPH

Peer reviewed

With the first Ebola patient being treated in the New York City area in one of our own training institutions, the viral disease is, understandably, on all our minds. Now a week and a half ago, Bellevue’s atrium was the setting for a press conference that featured the mayor, the city’s health commissioner, and the governor. Since then, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Maine have instituted a quarantine for returning health care workers from the…

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Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

October 20, 2014
Primecuts: This Week In The Journals

By Anish Parikh, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, the Ebola virus outbreak continues to dominate the news both here and abroad. The number of newly-diagnosed patients in West Africa continues to rise, particularly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, while Nigeria and Senegal have gone nearly four weeks without any new cases. International aid workers infected with Ebola continue to be transported out of affected areas back to their home countries, however as a consequence of this, new cases are now starting to arise…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 6, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Asher Schranz, MD

Peer Reviewed

For the past week, thousands of protesters have flooded Hong Kong streets to demand democracy. The umbrella, initially used by protesters as a shield from pepper spray, has become a central symbol. In the US and abroad, Ebola remained at the top of headlines. A Liberian man visiting Dallas was diagnosed with the disease only after being sent home from an ER several days earlier, potentially exposing up to 100 people. Abroad, Ebola cases continue to balloon, as more…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 29, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Asher Schranz, MD

Peer Reviewed

Pleasant fall weather was not the only visitor to New York last week. Major global dignitaries descended on midtown to convene the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. President Obama made an appearance to seek support in the fight against ISIS militants. In local news, New Yorkers learned that Mayor De Blasio may have played a role in the death of a beloved Staten Island groundhog earlier this year by dropping her inadvertently . The…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 22, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Caroline Srisarajivakul, MD

Peer Reviewed

In a historic election marked by a 97% voter registration rate, Scotland elected to remain a part of the United Kingdom with a 55% majority; while promises of increased power for Scottish lawmakers were promised by the British government, supporters of Scottish independence remain skeptical that the Westminster parliamentary parties will be able to come to a resolution.

Medical news this week included a study looking at the differences between anticoagulation treatments for acute venous thromboembolism (VTE), investigations into…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 16, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Caroline Srisarajivakul, MD

Peer Reviewed

The invisible silhouettes of the Twin Towers loomed large in the minds of many New Yorkers last week as we marked the 13th anniversary of September 11th, 2001, while President Obama rallied the United States’ allies in the Middle East to unite against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria prior to the terror group’s third videotaped beheading, this time of Briton David Haines. Meanwhile, in Western Africa, Ebola Virus Disease continues to ravage populations that are ill-equipped to…

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