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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 26, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chio Yokose, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

This week, Keith L. Scott was shot to death by police in Charlotte, North Carolina while his wife recorded the scene. The footage was broadcast widely and re-ignited the intense discussion about race relations and law enforcement in America. While the police allege that he had a weapon and posed an imminent threat, his family members report that he was holding a book, not a gun, as he prepared to pick up a child from school. Along with many …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 19, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Sara Stream, MD

Peer Reviewed 

A powerful explosion occurred in Chelsea on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, including one with a serious puncture wound. Authorities believe that a homemade bomb caused the explosion, referred to as “an intentional act” in a news briefing by Mayor Bill De Blasio. A second explosive device was later found several blocks away, which was removed by the Police Department bomb squad. Investigations are currently ongoing as New York City remains on high alert.

In national …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 12, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Katherine Lawrence, MD

Peer Reviewed

Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Fifteen years later, emotions are still strong; it was a day of memorials and memories, a celebration of those who gave their lives and reminder of the challenges that remain.

One of the many powerful legacies of 9/11 has been the chronicling of its health impacts. Both the city of New York and the federal government (including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational …

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

August 30, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Nancyanne Schmidt, MD

Peer Reviewed

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

Peer Reviewed

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

Peer Reviewed 

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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 10, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

 By Nathan Teich, MD

Peer Reviewed

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

Peer Reviewed

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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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 18, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Dana Zalkin, MD 

Peer Reviewed

This week the world witnessed a deadly attack in France, a tumultuous coup attempt in Turkey, and the announcement of the Trump-Pence GOP presidential ticket. As crowds gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, a massacre ensued when a truck plowed through the crowd killing 84 individuals .  While the world attempted to come to terms with what had occurred in France, the presumptive US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, officially announced his running mate …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 28, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Katherine Nixon, MD

Peer Reviewed 

This week the United Kingdom (UK) had a national vote on whether to stay in or leave the European Union (E.U.). On Thursday June 23rd, the nation voted to leave the E.U. with a win of just 52% . The push for movement out of the E.U. was started when the nation saw a large influx of immigrants, and fears ensued. In the E.U., citizens are allowed to move and live freely within the participating countries. With over 330,000 …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 20, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Janice Jang, MD

Peer Reviewed

On Sunday, June 12th a safe haven for the L.G.B.T. community in Orlando bore witness to the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the worst act of terrorism in our country’s history since 9/11.   The 29-year-old gunman, Omar Mateen, entered the gay nightclub filled with hundreds of people celebrating the club’s weekly Latin Night, and single-handedly turned the scene into a deadly massacre, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded .  In the aftermath of the shooting, …

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