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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 17, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jenna Conway, MD

Peer Reviewed 

With less than a month to Election Day, we learned this week what Donald Trump deems appropriate “locker room talk” about women, while several women came forward to accuse him of inappropriately touching them. Hillary Clinton continues to deal with email leaks, including thousands published on WikiLeaks that were hacked from her campaign manager’s inbox. Other notable events range from the death of the King of Thailand to Bob Dylan becoming the first songwriter to ever win the Nobel …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 10, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Samir Bhalla, MD

Peer Reviewed

October is upon us, which typically is notable for cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes and playoff baseball. The focus this year, however, is the upcoming presidential election. Last week, Governor Mike Pence and Senator Tim Kaine faced off in the Vice Presidential debate at Longwood University in Virginia. Kaine was on the offensive, frequently bringing up many of the highly contested ideals and proposals of Donald Trump, while Pence did his best to refute these points. Many polls including …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 4, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past week Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton took part in the first presidential debate of the 2016 elections. Held at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, the debate was met with much anticipation and many questions. In between the sniffles, shimmies, microphone malfunctions, fact checking, and high volume interruptions the candidates discussed several pressing issues including the country’s economic future, race relations, and national security. While at first many were hesitant to declare a winner, a Washington Post-ABC …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 26, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Chio Yokose, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

This week, Keith L. Scott was shot to death by police in Charlotte, North Carolina while his wife recorded the scene. The footage was broadcast widely and re-ignited the intense discussion about race relations and law enforcement in America. While the police allege that he had a weapon and posed an imminent threat, his family members report that he was holding a book, not a gun, as he prepared to pick up a child from school. Along with many …

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