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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 25, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Steven R. Liu, MD

Peer Reviewed

“And the award goes to…” – for those of you who watched the Academy Awards this week, you will have been an admirer of Neil Patrick Harris’ opening, his presence in the audience, and his underwear spoof of “Birdman”. The event made for glamorous viewing, and also included heartfelt speeches from winners about the lingering state of race relations, suicide, and equality for women among some of the topics.

In the journals this week…

Nitric oxide, antihypertensive treatment

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ian Henderson, MD

Peer Reviewed

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Viewed by the public to be so healthy as to prevent doctor’s visits, the apple may be losing its health luster in the eyes of some Americans. This past Friday, the US government approved the planting of genetically modified apples . Called Arctic apples, they have been genetically engineered to be resistant to turning brown when cut or bruised. The fruit, while deemed safe to eat and not harmful to …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 9, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shyam Amin, MD

Peer reviewed

In the news…

Congratulations to the New England Patriots and their fans for a thrilling Super Bowl victory this past week. A full ten years since their last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are champions once again in a truly memorable game that featured an historic fourth quarter comeback and a wild final Seahawks drive that was ultimately thwarted by the unlikeliest of heroes.

In health-related news, an investigation led by the New York State attorney …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 3, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kelley Coffman, M.D.

Peer Reviewed

The anti-vaccine movement appears to be gathering steam on social media and major media networks despite a growing outbreak of measles spreading to 8 states, according to California health officials report(1). The outbreak started in California’s Disneyland and has infected over 94 people. Once declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, measles is a highly contagious childhood viral respiratory illness characterized by fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, sore throat with white spots on the oral mucosa, and …

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