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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

June 22, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By David Pineles, MD
Peer Reviewed

In a major blow to the Democratic party, Republican Karen Handel won the special congressional election in Georgia, fending off Democrat Jon Ossoff . While some see this as a victory for President Trump, others are viewing this as a win despite Mr. Trump’s actions . In world news, Britain’s Prince Phillip, the 96-year old husband of Queen Elizabeth, spent his second night in King Edward VII Hospital for an unspecified infection . In sporting news, the the National …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

May 22, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Michelle Lo, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past week marks the first leg of president Trump’s foreign trip starting at Saudi Arabia, where he was lavished with extravagant gifts. While former president Obama slowed military cooperation with the kingdom from the concerns of the country’s indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Yemen, Trump may seek to expand them.

The number of suspected cases of Ebola has now risen to 29 in less than a week the Democratic Republic of Congo. The risk of spread is high …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

May 17, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Maxine W Stachel, MD

Peer Reviewed

The past week saw a massive worldwide cyber-hacking attack that affected many well-known brands and, disturbingly, at least a dozen hospitals in Britain’s National Health Service. Using a program allegedly stolen from the US National Security Administration, hackers were able to freeze NHS electronic medical records, which left doctors unable to access patient files and patients unable to access care. Outpatient appointments and elective surgeries were cancelled. Some emergency departments were even forced to divert patients needing urgent …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

May 8, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – APRIL 01: #4 Always Dreaming (FL) wth jockey John Velazquez on board, wins the Xpressbet Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park on April 01, 2017 in Hallandale Beach, Florida. (Photo by Liz Lamont/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

By Alicia Cowley, MD, MBA

Peer Reviewed

This past Thursday, the American Health Care Act narrowly survived a full vote in the House. The American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and at least a dozen other health …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

May 1, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Janine Knudsen, MD

Peer Reviewed

In the first major demonstration of scientists and science-lovers in the US, last Saturday thousands of people descended on the Mall in Washington, DC, and rallied in the March for Science. Clever signs abounded as the marchers protested against the threats to governmental science funding, the use of “alternative facts”, and many issues in between. Down the street at the White House, Trump was busy turning out new policies before April 29th, his 100th day in office. This past …

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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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