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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 12, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Neha Jindal, MD

Peer Reviewed

Pharmaceutical companies made headlines last week when the $150 billion Pfizer-Allergan merger was called off shortly after the Obama administration issued new rules designed to crack down on corporate tax avoidance.  This comes on the heels of reports that major drug companies have set significantly higher prices on medications in the last five years.  According to a Reuters analysis, four of the top ten prescribed drugs in the United States had a price increase of over 100% since 2011.  …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 5, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ajay Prakash, MD

Peer Reviewed

Another week, and the Republican Primary continues to provide significant political intrigue. Donald Trump’s national and primary poll numbers collapse in the wake of a disastrous town hall performance , largely based on his continuing inability to define his stances on any major issue. The fight between Clinton and Sanders becomes more heated as both celebrities , and the candidates themselves have strong words about their respective campaigns. And, in a turn of events which almost …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 22, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vaughan Tuohy, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week saw the beginning of March Madness  with major upsets by 15-seed Middle Tennessee over 2-seed (and perennial contender) Michigan State, Hawaii over California, Stephen F. Austin over West Virginia, Little Rock over Purdue, and Yale over Baylor. Although in the 30+ years of the NCAA tournament, a 16-seed has yet to defeat a 1-seed, popular statistics wizard Nate Silver determined that the Middle Tennessee victory was perhaps the third biggest tournament upset of all time.  He …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 9, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By: Alexandra Price, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past Super Tuesday made clear that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are dominating the race to the White House, with both candidates winning a total of 7 out of 11 states. Ted Cruz is trailing behind Trump as the 2nd place Republican nominee, with 3 campaign wins in Alaska, Oklahama, and his home state of Texas. Marco Rubio is in 3rd place with his win in Minnesota. Dr. Ben Carson dropped out of the race after his Super …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 22, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Edson Carias, MD

Peer Reviewed

For politicos, the ongoing buzz for potential Supreme Court justice nominees following Justice Scalia’s sudden death last week keeps them in suspense .  For music lovers, the suspense was over after winners were announced at this year’s annual Grammy awards.  Lady Gaga paid tribute to David Bowie in grand style, while Kendrick Lamar gave a performance that many are still praising .  For movie buffs, awards season will continue with the 88th Annual Academy Awards next week.  Awards for …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 9, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week we watched Hillary Clinton become the democratic favorite in the Iowa caucus – only narrowly avoiding getting Bern’ed. On the GOP side, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum pulled out of the Republican race and Donald Trump, who came in second to Ted Cruz, demanded a do-over . The New England Journal of Medicine maintained political relevance this week with its release of a study examining the impact of Texas’ ban on Planned Parenthood services. …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 1, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kevin Hauck, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week, the nation focused on the Northeast, as it was battered by winter storm Jonas. This week, the nation again turns its collective attention eastward. The Iowa caucuses start Monday, and with them the race to the White House begins in earnest. Clinton continues to hold the lead over Sanders and O’Malley, while Cruz and Trump are battling for a last minute advantage . The less politically inclined have another contest to look forward to. This one in …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 26, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Hannah Park, MD

Peer Reviewed

The winter storm Jonas was a much buzzed about topic for days leading up to its arrival this past weekend, and it truly lived up to its billing as an extraordinary weather event. Jonas now claims status as the second-largest storm in New York City history, with 27 inches of snowfall having rapidly accumulated during Saturday (1). Along with the declaration of state of emergency, Jonas single-handedly paralyzed NYC transit, prompting a complete travel ban on road traffic. As …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 11, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew McNeill, MD

Peer Reviewed

The holidays have ended, the trees and tinsel have been taken down, and winter has officially arrived in New York City. Unseasonably warm weather (from the second warmest year in history ]) up to this point has kept the influenza virus as a sporadically diagnosed condition in New York and much of the United States. The advent of cooler air, lower humidity, enclosed spaces, runny noses, and decreased Vitamin D are sure to change that in coming weeks ].…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 23, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Pooja Gala, MD

Last week, world leaders convened in Paris to sign a landmark climate deal. 186 countries submitted plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” to avoid catastrophic storms, rising sea levels, and droughts . Across the ocean, Janet Yellen announced an increase in federal interest rates for the first time in 7 years signaling the Fed’s confidence in the US economy . Taking a break …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 16, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Pineles, MD

Peer Reviewed 

On Sunday, December 6th, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California which left 14 people dead and the recent discovery that the perpetrators were indeed radicalized terrorists . In his speech, the president discussed our nation’s fight against terrorism since 9/11 and the steps our country is taking to fight the current threat of ISIS . In other news, Donald Trump continues his surprising run for presidency …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Jiwoon Chang, MD

Peer Reviewed 

This past week we witnessed another senseless mass shooting in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people. The FBI is investigating this act of violence as a terror attack and the assailants’ link to ISIS . On average shootings that kill or injure more than 3 people occurred once or more per day in the United States this year . In other news US health spending increased by 5.3% last year to $3 trillion, likely due to expanded insurance coverage …

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