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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 9, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vaughan Tuohy, MD

Peer Reviewed

In sports news this week, the Seahawks crushed the Packers, 36-16, in the NFL season opener as Aaron Rodgers “played scared” against the Seahawks defense led by Richard Sherman, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In actual news, the U.S. military continued airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants continued in Eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement. A federal judge ruled that BP should be fined $18 billion for “profit-driven decisions and willful…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 2, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Kaveri Korgavkar, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, ISIS militants continued to draw worldwide condemnation with the release of a video showing the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting in northern Iraq. Jihadists warned that others would be killed if Kurdish leaders continued to back the US and it appears that they have killed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers. In other news, President Poroshenko held urgent talks in Kiev, saying that Russian troops are “in Ukraine,” a nine-year-old girl fired…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 26, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Toprover, MD

Peer Reviewed

As investigators work to identify the Islamist militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, upset continues. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there are about 20 more journalists missing in Syria, most believed to be held by ISIS. Since August 8th, the US military has carried out 90 airstrikes however officials report that there is a “new context” for confronting ISIS and cutting off its supplies since the recent horrific event. Up to now, many of the US…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 18, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rachel Kaplan, MD

Peer Reviewed

As the Ebola epidemic continues to plague West Africa, ZMapp, an experimental monoclonal antibody to Ebola virus antigens manufactured in tobacco plants, remains in high demand. According to the New York Times, the last remaining doses were recently provided to Liberian health workers after appeals to the United States . Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, who provided the drug, stated that the “available supply of ZMapp has been exhausted,” but that it is working on ramping up supply to undertake…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 11, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kerrilynn Carney, MD

Peer Reviewed

In global news this week, shots resume as the ceasefire expires between Israel and Hamas. Strikes in Gaza were quickly followed by those in Iraq, where President Obama authorized military strikes on Islamic state militants advancing toward the US consulate and military personnel residing in the city of Irbil. A US journalist was arrested in Iran for unknown reason and the struggle to contain Ebola marches on. Among the wave of violence and contagion abroad, at home Dr. Kent…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 5, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Tamar Schiff, MD

Peer Reviewed

Infectious diseases remain at the forefront of news reports this week, as the largest Ebola outbreak on record continues. As of July 27th, the WHO reported greater than 1300 new cases and a devastating 729 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March of this year . This past weekend saw the U.S. arrival of the first of two American aid workers who were infected with the virus while working in a hospital in Liberia . This patient…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 21, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Caroline A. Nelson, MD

Peer Reviewed

New legislation signed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has opened the door for medical school graduates to treat patients in underserved primary care settings without residency training or passing Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. After 30 days of supervision by a collaborating physician, the law would permit these new “Assistant Physicians” to treat patients with only indirect supervision as far as 50 miles away. The Missouri State Medical Association helped draft the law to…

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