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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

April 20, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Sakinah Sabadia, MD

Peer Reviewed

Since we’re late to press this week, let’s turn straight to news on the medical front.

Revascularization Targets in Chronic Total Occlusions:

This review article summarizes the data regarding percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in chronic total occlusions (CTO). CTOs exist in up to 20% of patients with CAD (1), however the outcomes of PCI on these lesions have not been extensively studied, and thus limited data is available regarding the utility of such interventions.

The majority of patients who …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

April 11, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

Susan Creighton, MD

Peer Reviewed

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed to the Supreme Court after Senate Republicans voted to lower the threshold required for Supreme Court nominations. Last week Senate Democrats used a filibuster to block the nomination, which would have required 60 votes before the rule change. At 49 years old, Justice Gorsuch could have a long tenure on the Supreme Court and shape the legal landscape for decades. Reproductive rights groups oppose Justice Gorsuch’s nomination because as part of the 10th Circuit …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

April 4, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Jillian Diuguid, MD

Peer Reviewed

On Friday, March 31, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for a plan to shutter Rikers Island, the controversial East River island jail known for its history of violence by both inmates and corrections officers.  Per the Mayor, the closure plan will be complicated and difficult, taking 10 years, with significant reductions necessary in the number of jailed city inmates in order to make it possible.  The Mayor hopes this will be the end of …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

March 28, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Stephanie Charles, MD 

Peer Reviewed

This week marked an important point in our national health care debate. The American Health Care Act put forth by the Republican party failed to pass by Congress, allowing for the continuation of the Affordable Care Act, at least for now. Read below to learn of the important work published by the medical community this week. 

Trial of Pregabalin for Acute and Chronic Sciatica

Pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer) is an antiepileptic medication that has been shown to reduce symptoms of …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

March 20, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Katharine Lawrence, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that the cap on residents’ duty hours would be adjusted to include 28 hour shifts for first-year residents. This is a shift from the 2011 ‘duty hours’ requirements, which limited maximum shift duration for interns to 16 hours.

In a statement on the Common Program Requirements, the ACGME announced “that the hypothesized benefits associated with the have not been realized, and the disruption of team-based care …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

March 15, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Irina Dimitrova , MD

Peer Reviewed

This week in the news, House Republicans at long last unveiled the American Health Care Act, their replacement plan for the ACA. Meanwhile the Justice Department decided to clean house by asking for the immediate resignation of all Obama-appointed district attorneys, with swift consequences for those who did not comply. President Trump debuted version 2.0 of his executive order regarding immigration and refugee status from 6 Muslim majority nations. South Korea, four years after electing its first female …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 6, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jack Dougherty, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week in the news, Breitbart reported on a female to male transgender teenager who won the Texas girls state wrestling championship.1 According to local regulations for school sports, 17 year old Mack Beggs was only permitted to compete against other athletes that had the same gender on their birth certificates: female. But he is taking testosterone supplements and identifies as male. A lawyer hired to oppose Mack’s participation commented, “The more I learn about this, the more I …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

March 1, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Bradley Lankowsky, MD

Peer Reviewed

NASA scientists announced the discovery of a solar system of 7 Earth-sized planets surrounding a nearby dwarf star about 40 light years away. Their findings published in Nature report that 3 of the planets are located within the habitable zone, the area around a star where liquid water may exist. However, NASA scientists believe all 7 may contain liquid water. The planetary system, named TRAPPIST-1 after the telescope used to discover it, raises the question of whether …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 22, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Matthew Gross, MD

Peer Reviewed

Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Intravenous Contrast Media Administration

This single center retrospective cohort analysis intended to assess the risk of contrast- induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients receiving CT scans with IV contrast in the emergency department. The authors responsible for the study recognized that the majority of studies evaluating contrast- induced nephropathy were conducted in patients undergoing arterial angiography and were done before low- and iso-osmolar contrast were available. This study identified a large number of patients …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 13, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Thatcher Heumann, MD

Peer Reviewed

Let’s talk about that game: whether you are a diehard sports fanatic or no know nothing about football, what happened on the evening of February 4th was truly remarkable. This was the greatest comeback (or collapse, depending how you experienced it) in all of the Big Game’s history. That night, 24, yes, 24 different championship records were broken in the two teams’ combined effort. In a time when national and worldwide trends have people feeling polarized, and even …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 6, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Carolyn B. Drake, MD, MPH

Peer Reviewed

News:

In the fortnight since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, we’ve seen a flurry of political activity as the new president seeks to make good on his promises from the campaign trail. From the headlines, these actions include: a number of executive orders signed, a controversial refugee ban enacted with widespread protests in its wake, the release of initial plans to build a wall along the border between Mexico and …

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

January 30, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Samantha K. Newman, MD

Peer Reviewed

As Melania and Barron Trump are (not) settling into the White House, our new president spent Friday afternoon issuing an executive order that bans individuals from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. Citizens of Muslim-dominant countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are banned from entering the USA for approximately 90 days. This news comes in the wake of what will likely be a much more extensive ban, with the goal of …

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