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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 15, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Joseph Plaksin

Peer Reviewed

This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee declassified a 500-page report that outlined and described uses of torture by the CIA to interrogate suspected terrorists after the attacks of 9/11 . While CIA Director John Brennan tried to defend his agency’s actions, Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chaired the committee that released the report, described the CIA’s interrogation program “a stain on our values and our history.”

Amidst these new revelations, protests in response to the grand jury decisions in the deaths…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Amar Parikh, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, the nation was rocked by the decision of a Staten Island grand jury to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, who was killed after resisting arrest for suspicion of selling “loosies”, or single cigarettes from packs. This comes on the heels of the recent decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. In…

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Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

November 26, 2014
Myths and Realities: Airline Travel and Deep Venous Thrombosis-Does Economy Class Syndrome Really Exist?

By Matthew Weiss, MD

Peer Reviewed

Background:

The number of worldwide air travelers is expected to surpass 3.3 billion by 2015 and possibly double by 2030 . These changes will likely be driven by international markets, where growth rates were twice that of domestic U.S. flights during the past two years . With more passengers taking to the skies and enduring longer international and transoceanic flights, the general practitioner is increasingly asked to advise on the risk of travel-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). Accordingly, it is…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 24, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chio Yokose, MD

Peer Reviewed

As temperatures took a noticeable dip earlier this week in New York City, prompting many of us to begrudgingly pull out our heavy down coats and boots from our closets, no place was hit harder than Buffalo, NY. Although no stranger to snow in this part of the country, even lifelong residents of Buffalo were shocked to wake up to a wall of white on Wednesday morning as a lake-effect storm, which rapidly developed over Lake Erie late Tuesday…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

November 19, 2014
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Max Padgett, MD, MPH

Peer Reviewed

The United States and China, the two largest producers of greenhouse gases, have reached a historic agreement on reducing carbon emissions. President Obama announced that the United States will aim to reduce emissions by 20-25% by the year 2025, while Chinese President Xi Jiping stated that carbon emissions would peak in China by 2030. Back in Washington, it was politics as usual. Senate and House Republicans declared the announcement as evidence of President Obama’s “war on coal.” According…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shannon Chiu, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections proved to be a big day for the Republicans, as they took control of the Senate and a record number of governor’s seats, and expanded their majority in the House – their largest House majority since World War II era. President Obama shook off his party’s electoral drubbing, noting that he was eager to find common ground with the Republicans: “It doesn’t make me mopey. It energizes me, because it means that this…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 4, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Benjamin Geisler, MD MPH

Peer reviewed

With the first Ebola patient being treated in the New York City area in one of our own training institutions, the viral disease is, understandably, on all our minds. Now a week and a half ago, Bellevue’s atrium was the setting for a press conference that featured the mayor, the city’s health commissioner, and the governor. Since then, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Maine have instituted a quarantine for returning health care workers from the…

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