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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 24, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

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By Calvin Ngai, MD

Peer Reviewed

In former President Barack Obama’s last farewell speech, he asked all fellow Americans to continue to believe in our ability to create change. This past weekend, the day after Donald J. Trump was sworn into the presidential office and our country bid one last farewell to former President Obama, hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington D.C. (millions, including marches from all around the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 17, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Scott Butler, MD 

Peer Reviewed

A presidential goodbye. A contentious press conference.  A salacious dossier from a British spy.  It’s been quite a week.

As Republican legislators transition from symbolically voting to repeal Obamacare (over 50 times since its inception) to making its dissolution a reality, it becomes increasingly clear that “replace” is the much more challenging half of the promise to “repeal and replace” the law. Theodore Roosevelt backed a plan for universal coverage when he sought an elusive third term in 1912.  …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 9, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By: Nancyanne Schmidt, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, the intelligence report commissioned by President Obama on suspected hacking during the recent presidential election revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at undermining The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in particular. The report, which compiled the collective assessments of the C.I.A., National Security Agency and F.B.I., stopped short of implicating Russia in the outcome of the recent presidential election in which President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in a …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 4, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Derek Moriyama, MD

Peer Reviewed 

It is official. The members of the electoral college have cast their votes and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. As he continues to use twitter as a platform to inform the world of his beliefs, including a reference to the direction of our nuclear program , we are all left guessing how his Presidency will affect the future of our country and the world.

Aside from U.S. political news, there have been shocking …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 19, 2016
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By B. Corbett Walsh, MD

Peer Reviewed

As many of us reflect on the festivities that occurred during the Department of Medicine Holiday Party this past weekend, all can agree that winter is not only coming, but that it has arrived. Earlier this week those inside New York University’s Langone Medical Center Tisch Hospital may have thought the excessive heating was premature, only to realize that a fire had broken out on 7th floor of the currently-under-construction Kimmel Pavilion. No injuries were reported, and the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 13, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shriram Alapaty, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, America’s president-elect Donald Trump continued to defy expectations by selecting Mr. Scott Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In stark contrast, Google has targeted 2017 as the date by which to completely run on renewable energy. The environment has been a subject of global attention, with Paris opting to make all public transport free in the face of the worst air pollution in 10 years. While America continues …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert Freilich, MD

Peer Reviewed

Levels of smoking have dropped to record lows in the United states. Per a NY Times article1, the CDC reports that smoking levels are down in Americans from 21% in 2005 to 15% in 2015. This represents a reduction of almost 9 million Americans who are smoking. Encouragingly, smoking declined the greatest among the youngest age groups. Fifteen percent is the lowest level since the US began recording levels of smoking 50 years ago. Moving from population changes leading …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 21, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Maria Sunseri, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week we saw America’s favorite musical deliver an unscripted yet heartfelt message at the end of the performance to audience member Vice President-Elect Mike Pence. And while President-Elect Donald Trump rushed to Twitter to reprimand the Hamilton cast’s message as harassment, the Indiana governor and inadvertent Planned Parenthood donor (albeit in name only) had only good things to say about the hit Broadway show. And while Americans and the medical world continue to navigate the post-election fallout, the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 15, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Andrew ElDabh, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week finally concluded one of the more bizarre election seasons in American political history, as business magnate Donald Trump defeated heavy favorite Hillary Clinton in the 45th presidential election. The merging of reality television and the most powerful position in the

world wasn’t the only big news, as medical journals also had a “huge, tremendous” week that may have received a little less attention.

While many of us were awake and closely following the election coverage, some patients …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

November 7, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nishan Bingham, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, Ken Burns announced that he will have to remake his documentary series, Baseball, after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. While Wrigleyville reveled, health officials urged the remainder of Americans to avoid media through the final days of the presidential election in order to prevent unintentional Xanax overdoses. But to start off Primecuts, we revisit two familiar IM topics: PE and Syncope, after a new study showed the two …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

November 1, 2016
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By:  Aditya Sreenivasan, MD

For the Halloween edition of Primecuts, we resisted the temptation to follow the standard media trend and go exclusively with “spooky” or alarming articles. Though the subject of the dreaded Zika virus does come up below, we thought we’d start with some good news regarding improving outcomes for out-of-hospital arrest.

Increasing Access to AEDs and Improved Outcome for Out-of-Hospital Arrest 

The bad news is that survival rates for out of hospital arrest remain low – approximately 10% in industrialized countries. The …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 25, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Danielle Brewington MD, MS

Peer Reviewed 

As October draws to a close, the presidential debates have wrapped up and most people are bracing until the end of the political season. Many of the revelations in politics this week have left the entire nation depressed, so first up for discussion this week is an article about how to predict if anti-depressants will work in patients presenting with MDD.

fMRI and History Predict Anti-Depressant Effectiveness1

Researchers have shown that the amygdala plays an important role in …

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