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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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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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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 28, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kevin Ha, MD, PhD

Peer Reviewed 

This week, NASA announced the discovery of Kepler 425b, an exoplanet that is “Earth’s bigger, older cousin” . It takes 385 days to orbit around the habitable zone of its sun, and it “almost certainly” has an atmosphere. Although its sun is brighter than our own, the exoplanet receives about the same amount of sunlight as ours because its orbit is wider. Overall, Kepler 425b is the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found in a habitable zone. With this …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 21, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robin Guo, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week was marked by ground-breaking milestones in the fields of science and engineering, such as the awe-inspiring images of Pluto beamed from several billion miles away and the bioengineering of an organoid human brain to study autism (1, 2). As we sit behind our screens and reminisce about the days when Pluto was still a planet, let us take a look at several news-worthy discoveries from the medical world.

A New Risk-Stratification Index for Pneumonia Patients on Appropriate

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 13, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Valentine, MD

Peer Reviewed

In a busy week, here’s some world news highlights: After a month of dramatic drops in the Chinese markets, finances have begun to stabilize, but at the cost of many families’ savings; Greece offered the EU a new plan for a return to fiscal sustainability; the Syrian refugee crisis continued to worsen, with many fleeing into neighboring countries; and Scott Walker added his name to the list of GOP presidential candidates.

Liraglutide for a bit less weight

With obese …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 7, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rina Mauricio, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past week saw the coming and going of one of the most significant and dreaded days of the year, at least within the healthcare system. July 1 signals a transition point in medical training, whether that be from student to intern, intern to resident, or resident to fellow/attending. This time last year a new class of interns bonded over the excitement of starting residency while trying to savor their last few days of summer. They soon after learned …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 29, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Olivia Begasse De Dhaem, MD

Peer Reviewed

According to the latest data from UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, war and persecution displaced a total of 59.4 million people in 2014, primarily in developing countries. As the number of asylum-seekers fleeing from countries like Syria and Eritrea to Europe increases, the E.U. gave up on the plan for mandatory quotas to spread the refugees across the 28 E.U. countries, and suggested a voluntary program instead. Although there was no mass deportation after …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arvind Reddy Devanabanda, MD

Peer Reviewed

Americans are anxiously awaiting a Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell. In this case, the existence of federal subsidies for health insurance coverage in 34 states is at risk. If the Supreme Court rules against the administration, average premiums in some states could double and this may lead to thousands dropping out of their health plans, which would hurt both Democrats and Republicans, and more importantly, American health care in general . This week, we also look …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By: Karin Katz, MD

This past week, American Pharoah won Belmont and was the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” won best play at the 69th annual Tony Awards. Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair. Now let’s turn our attention away from the Kardashians and back to the latest in medical news.

Not all 30-day readmissions are created equally

The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study evaluating differences between …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 1, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Samir Bhalla, MD

Peer Reviewed

Earlier this week, 14 individuals with ties to FIFA were indicted by US attorney general Loretta Lynch on charges of racketeering, corruption and conspiracy. A collaborative Swiss investigation remains underway to assess for corruption with regards to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. These indictments raise questions into the integrity of FIFA, however will hopefully lead to significant improvements within the organization governing the world’s most popular sport.

Efficacy and Safety of a Recombinant Herpes Zoster Vaccine

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