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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 8, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Miguel A. Saldivar, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week the US team bowed out of the World Cup, but not without a valiant final effort. Particularly noteworthy was goalie Tim Howards’ performance, leading some fans to affectionately label him the new “Secretary of Defense” (1). In spite of the US team’s exit from the tournament, “the beautiful game”, as the great Brazilian player Pelé once called it, continues to both entertain and teach in unexpected ways. As proof of the latter, we begin this week’s…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 30, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Dana Zalkin

Peer Reviewed

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to limit sales of sugary drinks over 16 ounces was rejected by New York’s highest court this week . Given that this was the final appeal, the soda ban is officially over. Although supporters hoped this would be a stepping-stone in the fight against obesity, opponents felt this proposal threatened consumer autonomy. While the soda ban had divided new Yorkers into several factions, one thing that most of us can support this week is…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 25, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week we lost an outspoken, revolutionary leader in medicine , Dr. Arnold Relman. A former Editor in chief of the New England Journal and professor emeritus of medicine and social medicine at Harvard, Dr. Relman passed peacefully in his home in Cambridge, Mass. at the age of 91. Known for being a for being a pioneering researcher early in his career, Dr. Relman went on to become an out spoken editor of numerous medical journals and won the…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 17, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Christopher Maulion, MD

Peer Reviewed

The last week was certainly a treat for sports fans. Thursday marked the start of the World Cup, and the month where the United States begins to care about fútbol. Martin Kaymer set a US Open record by beating the field at Pinehurst No. 2 by 8 strokes. Last but not least, Lebron James and the Miami Heat’s attempt at a three-peat was thwarted by Timmy and the Spurs. As we watch these exciting events unfold, let us turn…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 9, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week marked the anniversaries of several major events in 20th century world history. June 4th was the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, during which the Chinese military forcibly removed pro-democracy protestors that had been camped outside of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Estimates vary widely due to the Chinese government’s official prohibition on public discussion of the events, but anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand people were killed in the process . Seventy years ago on…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 2, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

In the week after honoring those who have passed while serving our country, the challenges facing our nation’s veterans have become increasingly evident. The recent controversy and frustrations with delayed care of veterans culminated on Friday with the resignation of Secretary of The Department of Veteran Affairs, Eric Shinseki . After an internal audit of the department’s health system showed chronic delays in care, manipulated waiting lists, and a scheduling scandal, President Barack Obama met with the Secretary on…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 27, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Vorsanger, MD

Peer Reviewed

As we spend time with family and friends on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend, we also ponder the senseless and tragic killings recently committed in Isla Vista, California. Between the interviews of experts, eyewitnesses, and acquaintances of the killer and the victims, we are left to wonder how these tragedies can be prevented in the future . With the health of our nation in mind, we also turn to recently published advancements in medical literature in this week’s PrimeCuts.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 20, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Peer Reviewed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC confirmed on May 12 that a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was present in the U.S. This patient in Florida is a resident of Saudi Arabia, much like the first U.S. case of MERS, which occurred in a traveler from Saudi Arabia to Indiana that the CDC announced 10 days earlier. While the CDC cautions that vigilance is needed to recognize and respond to this emerging infectious disease,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 12, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kaley Myer, MD

Peer Reviewed

The US government has offered to assist the Nigerian government this week in an effort to locate hundreds of girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok by the militant organization Boko Haram last month. Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of knowing of an impending threat to the school and failing to act. The group’s leader claimed, on a video that surfaced this week, that the girls were to be sold into slavery.

WHO releases estimates of worldwide

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 5, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jennifer Ng, MD

Peer Reviewed

The end is near, as has been foretold for over a thousand years. Yet, the plague, Halley’s comet, Nostradamus, Y2K, and the Mayan Prophecy – just to name a few so-called predicted apocalyptic events – have all come and gone, and the world is still here. However, never has the prophecy seemed more poised to come true than now. Just in the past week, thirty plus tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South, and the death count is still…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 28, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Peer reviewed

NYU Langone made headlines in the New York Times this week with the re-opening of its emergency room, over 18 months after waters from the East River flooded the hospital during Hurricane Sandy . Now triple its previous size, the emergency room is fully open for business, most notably to city ambulances – a rare sight in the post-Sandy era.

Many have suggested the opening of the emergency room has social implications – patient advocates have long accused…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 22, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Harry Saag, MD

Peer Reviewed

Roughly one year ago the city of Boston was in upheaval after two young men set off bombs in close proximity to the city’s landmark marathon, injuring hundreds of people. One year later the city was, once again, hosting its annual run with as much pride and fervor as ever. Despite the atrocities of last year’s events, it did not deter the city of Boston from forging on stronger than ever.

Similar analogies can be made regarding progress in…

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