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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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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

May 19, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Arvind Reddy Devanabanda, MD

This week we are reminded of the costs of over-testing and over-diagnosis in Dr. Atul Gawande’s article “Overkill” published in the New Yorker. Six years later Dr. Gawande revisits the health care costs in the city of McAllen, Texas, which was introduced in his prior article “Cost Conundrum”. Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act, cities across America, like McAlllen, have begun to see the cost of a Medicare patient flatten out. In addition, the United States’ health care …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 11, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jessica Taff, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

As the curfew in Baltimore was lifted, the excitement of the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match died down, and Nepal continued on its recovery after the recent earthquake, medical literature remained relatively subdued this week as well. That is, until The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) grabbed national headlines with its brief report of Ebola Virus RNA isolated from aqueous humor in the eye of Dr. Ian Crozier, who was successfully treated for Ebola Virus Disease in September 2014, and …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 22, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Luke O’Donnell, MD

Peer reviewed

This week , winter finally gives way to a suggestion of spring and as temperatures flirt with the non-frigid range of the thermostat, more people—including the older among us—are leaving their apartments to enjoy the outdoors. A study this week in Circulation looked at sports-related sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in this age group .

SCA represents a major public health issue worldwide accounting for almost half of cardiovascular mortality . Circulation this week published the first comprehensive epidemiological assessment …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 13, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arvind Devanabanda, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week, the president stated:“No challenge poses more of a public threat than climate change” at a round table discussion at Howard University. We are now four years into California’s drought and Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions ordering urban water use to be decreased by 25 percent. Many parts of Texas and Oklahoma also continue to experience severe droughts. The issue is again making global headlines, with the Pope to join the battle against climate change. Pope …

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