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Primecuts -This Week in the Journals

March 6, 2018
Primecuts -This Week in the Journals

By Katharine Lawrence, MD

Peer Reviewed

On February 14th, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, a nineteen-year-old ex-high school student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire on his classmates and teachers, killing 17 and wounding many others. It was the deadliest school shooting in United States’ since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012; it was also the 6th school shooting incident of 2018, and the 17th incident of gunfire in schools. Cruz used an AR-15-style assault rifle, legally purchased from a gun shop …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 13, 2018
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Sharine Wittkopp, MD

Peer Reviewed

Winter Games are warming up Pyeongchang despite frigid temperatures. Braving 11-degree weather, the US Olympic team is the largest team any nation has ever brought to a winter Olympic games.1 Perhaps they can huddle together for warmth.

Speaking of global warming, the EPA has recently replaced its top scientific advisors under a new rule banning researchers who receive EPA funding from serving in advisory positions, opening the door for industry scientists whose backers have the most to gain from …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 7, 2018
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Allison Guttman, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced their intent to collaborate and establish an independent healthcare company for their employees. Although still in the most primitive stages of planning, their strategy appears to rely on the use of technology to both simplify and increase access to healthcare. This announcement reflects the frustration of American corporations with the current healthcare system and the associated costs of medical treatment .

Also, a big shout-out to Punxsutawney Phil who granted …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

January 29, 2018
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Mariya Rozenblit, MD

Peer Reviewed

The medical community suffered the loss of yet another physician by suicide when a young doctor jumped to her death in New York City last week. There is growing recognition that physicians are at increased risk of suicide compared to the general population. In a recent article in the Washington Post, family physician Dr. Pamela Wible describes her research into physician suicide including the staggering statistic that nearly one million Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year .…

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Slow Respiration to Lower Blood Pressure

January 24, 2018
Slow Respiration to Lower Blood Pressure

By Omotayo Arowojolu

Peer Reviewed

Approximately 32% of American adults have high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg),1 or hypertension, and only 54% of these individuals have well-controlled hypertension.2,3 Hypertension costs $48.6 billion each year in healthcare services, medications, and missed days of work. Additionally, one in three Americans have pre-hypertension (120-139/80-89 mmHg) and are considered at risk for developing hypertension.1 These individuals benefit from management of risk factors with changes in diet (reduced sodium), weight loss, increased physical activity, and smoking or alcohol cessation. On the …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

January 22, 2018
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Scott Butler, MD 

Peer Reviewed

Could requiring Medicaid recipients to engage in community activities or work as a condition for eligibility improve health outcomes?  The Trump administration is planning to allow states to impose such requirements, much as they do for other programs such as food stamps and welfare1.  These conditions could be met by engaging in voluntary activities, attending school or caring for the elderly.  Given the recognized correlation between earnings and improved health outcomes, administration officials contend that the requirements themselves will …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

January 8, 2018
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Justin Feit, MD

We were welcomed to 2018 with the coldest New Year’s in New York City in over 50 years with a cool 10°F recorded in Times Square . The onslaught of frigid weather continued as the northeastern United Status battled the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ this week . We turn our minds to warmer thoughts as we take a look at this week’s medical news.

Safety of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Cardiac Devices

Patients who have pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 18, 2017
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Amanda Dowden, MD

This week, Alabama elected its first Democratic senate leader in 25 years, as democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate Race. In local NYC news, in the wake of the opioid epidemic the Bronx opens a state supported outreach center for people and families struggling with substance abuse. Despite all that is going on in the news, there’s plenty of exciting, new medical literature to discuss, so let’s dive right in.

Edoxaban for the Treatment of Cancer-Associated Venous

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