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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 8, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jovan Begovic, MD

Peer Reviewed

On March 26th, a gas explosion on the Lower East Side of Manhattan caused a fire in three adjacent buildings, 25 injuries, and 2 recently confirmed deaths. Bellevue was readied for triage in case of an emergency rush of admissions from the accident, but luckily most victims were not severely injured and many did not require hospitalization. Several days later the 2 missing persons were discovered as search crews cleared out the wreckage from a sushi restaurant on the …

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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 can …

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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, “what’s …

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