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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 9, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Vaughan Tuohy, MD

Peer Reviewed

In sports news this week, the Seahawks crushed the Packers, 36-16, in the NFL season opener as Aaron Rodgers “played scared” against the Seahawks defense led by Richard Sherman, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In actual news, the U.S. military continued airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants continued in Eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement. A federal judge ruled that BP should be fined $18 billion for “profit-driven decisions and willful…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 2, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Kaveri Korgavkar, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, ISIS militants continued to draw worldwide condemnation with the release of a video showing the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to forces fighting in northern Iraq. Jihadists warned that others would be killed if Kurdish leaders continued to back the US and it appears that they have killed “dozens” of Syrian army soldiers. In other news, President Poroshenko held urgent talks in Kiev, saying that Russian troops are “in Ukraine,” a nine-year-old girl fired…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 26, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Toprover, MD

Peer Reviewed

As investigators work to identify the Islamist militant who beheaded American journalist James Foley, upset continues. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there are about 20 more journalists missing in Syria, most believed to be held by ISIS. Since August 8th, the US military has carried out 90 airstrikes however officials report that there is a “new context” for confronting ISIS and cutting off its supplies since the recent horrific event. Up to now, many of the US…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 18, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Rachel Kaplan, MD

Peer Reviewed

As the Ebola epidemic continues to plague West Africa, ZMapp, an experimental monoclonal antibody to Ebola virus antigens manufactured in tobacco plants, remains in high demand. According to the New York Times, the last remaining doses were recently provided to Liberian health workers after appeals to the United States . Mapp Biopharmaceuticals, who provided the drug, stated that the “available supply of ZMapp has been exhausted,” but that it is working on ramping up supply to undertake…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 11, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kerrilynn Carney, MD

Peer Reviewed

In global news this week, shots resume as the ceasefire expires between Israel and Hamas. Strikes in Gaza were quickly followed by those in Iraq, where President Obama authorized military strikes on Islamic state militants advancing toward the US consulate and military personnel residing in the city of Irbil. A US journalist was arrested in Iran for unknown reason and the struggle to contain Ebola marches on. Among the wave of violence and contagion abroad, at home Dr. Kent…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 5, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Tamar Schiff, MD

Peer Reviewed

Infectious diseases remain at the forefront of news reports this week, as the largest Ebola outbreak on record continues. As of July 27th, the WHO reported greater than 1300 new cases and a devastating 729 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March of this year . This past weekend saw the U.S. arrival of the first of two American aid workers who were infected with the virus while working in a hospital in Liberia . This patient…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 21, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Caroline A. Nelson, MD

Peer Reviewed

New legislation signed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has opened the door for medical school graduates to treat patients in underserved primary care settings without residency training or passing Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. After 30 days of supervision by a collaborating physician, the law would permit these new “Assistant Physicians” to treat patients with only indirect supervision as far as 50 miles away. The Missouri State Medical Association helped draft the law to…

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

July 14, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Kimberly Skrobarcek, MD

Peer Reviewed

As the world is seemingly captivated by German’s victory in overtime of the World Cup final game, more and more of our television commercials and advertisements seem to be caught up in the frenzy as well. One Hyundai commercial in particular highlights the emotional connection we feel with the joy of a victory, maybe even prompting the start of a family . With this in mind, we turn to an exciting new study that could prove very important in…

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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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