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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 23, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Tuesday The 2015 NCAA College Basketball tournament began. The yearly event, always filled with bracket busting upsets and edge-of-your-seat buzzer beaters, normally stars players and coaches. During the first round matchup between number 14 seed Georgia State and 3 seed Baylor, it was a seat that stole the show(1). This wasn’t a seat bolted to the floor in the stands but rather a stool with four wheels on it. Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, after an Achilles…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anjali Mone, MD

Peer Reviewed

As the Northeast recovers from non-stop snowstorms and the frozen East River thaws, daylight savings time may finally mark the end of winter, except in Arizona and Hawaii who will not be “springing forward”. Arizona and Hawaii might be on the right track since “springing forward” and “falling back” have actually been associated with increased traffic accidents. While our nation debates whether losing an hour of sleep actually saves energy or increases productivity, one country in West Africa…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 2, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Akansha Chhabra, MD

Peer Reviewed

Blue and black or white and gold? This seems to be the most popular question across social media platforms over the last few days. And what is this all about? A dress. It all started when guitarist Caitlin McNeill posted a picture of this perplexing two-tone dress on her tumblr last week. Not an hour later it stirred up a heated debate among the masses. Neuroscientist Bevil Conway stepped forward to explain the “dress phenomenon.” He reports,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 25, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Steven R. Liu, MD

Peer Reviewed

“And the award goes to…” – for those of you who watched the Academy Awards this week, you will have been an admirer of Neil Patrick Harris’ opening, his presence in the audience, and his underwear spoof of “Birdman”. The event made for glamorous viewing, and also included heartfelt speeches from winners about the lingering state of race relations, suicide, and equality for women among some of the topics.

In the journals this week…

Nitric oxide, antihypertensive treatment

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Viewed by the public to be so healthy as to prevent doctor’s visits, the apple may be losing its health luster in the eyes of some Americans. This past Friday, the US government approved the planting of genetically modified apples . Called Arctic apples, they have been genetically engineered to be resistant to turning brown when cut or bruised. The fruit, while deemed safe to eat and not harmful to…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shyam Amin, MD

Peer reviewed

In the news…

Congratulations to the New England Patriots and their fans for a thrilling Super Bowl victory this past week. A full ten years since their last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are champions once again in a truly memorable game that featured an historic fourth quarter comeback and a wild final Seahawks drive that was ultimately thwarted by the unlikeliest of heroes.

In health-related news, an investigation led by the New York State attorney…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 3, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kelley Coffman, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

The anti-vaccine movement appears to be gathering steam on social media and major media networks despite a growing outbreak of measles spreading to 8 states, according to California health officials report(1). The outbreak started in California’s Disneyland and has infected over 94 people. Once declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is a highly contagious childhood viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat with white spots on the oral mucosa,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 26, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Meng Chen, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last Friday, in an announcement of hope and optimism, Reuters quoted a senior health official from Liberia as reporting only five remaining confirmed cases of Ebola in Liberia, which was once an epicenter of the deadly disease outbreak that has killed more than 8,600 people in western Africa. Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who leads Liberia’s Ebola task force, believes that Liberia could be Ebola-free by the end of February, saying “It means that we are going down…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 20, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jovan Begovic, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last Friday, Aetna and Gilead Sciences, the well-known maker of Sovaldi, the “$1000-a-pill” treatment for Hepatitis C, reached a discount agreement that will allow Sovaldi to populate Aetna’s reimbursement lists . Aetna’s decision came after a thorough clinical review of all advanced treatment courses currently available on the market, most of which are priced just under the $100k mark.

Sovaldi also gained mention last week in Malcolm Gladwell’s review of “America’s Bitter Pill,” Steven Brill’s newly published account…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 12, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jessica Yee, MD

Peer Reviewed

Welcome to the first PrimeCuts of 2015!

Welcome to the first PrimeCuts of 2015! The year started with a shout-out from 200 years ago in the form of a time capsule buried by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams in 1797 (1)! While the general public will be able to visit treasured items such as newspapers from the period, colony records and preserved coins for some time, the city plans to eventually rebury the time capsule at the Massachusetts State…

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Clinical Correlations Top 10 Articles of 2014

January 6, 2015
Clinical Correlations Top 10 Articles of 2014

Sick and tired of all those top 10 lists? We beg your indulgence and hope you will tolerate just one more, the Clinical Correlations Top 10 List for 2014. Limiting this selection to 10 articles was a true challenge. There are many outstanding, creative and enlightening pieces that did not make our list, so please take a moment and dig through our archives to review those articles you may have missed. And now as voted on by the editors…This Year’s top 10 list in no…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 23, 2014
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Kristina Cieslak

This Wednesday, President Obama announced plans to “end an outdated approach, that for decades, has failed to advance our interests,” ordering restoration of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.1 This step marks a momentous reversal of an embargo first initiated by former president Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960, with full break of diplomatic relations in January, 1961.  Citing the previous embargo as “a rigid policy rooted in events that took place before most of us were born,” Obama spoke…

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