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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

October 19, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Abinav Baweja, MD

This past week we witnessed the first democratic national debate, where Hillary Rodham Clinton quieted doubters with her strong showing and minimized talk regarding her e-mail account. Meanwhile, ex-NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in a brothel in Las Vegas where he had been using herbal analogs of Viagra and cocaine, and is presently in critical condition. Amidst all this news, we move on to some of the latest findings in the medical literature…

Is remote ischemic preconditioning beneficial for

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 5, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Olivia Begasse de Dhaem, MD

Peer Reviewed  

Last month, Turing Pharmaceutical bought the rights to pyrimethamine, also known as Daraprim, and subsequently raised its price significantly (from $13.5 to $750 per tablet). Unlike Rodelis Therapeutics who gave back cycloserine when facing resistance, Turing Pharmaceuticals are determined to keep their newly increased price for Daraprim. The new trend in the pharmaceutical world of acquiring old medications and increasing their prices has led to controversy on whether the government should take action in regulating pharmaceutical prices and …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 28, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Viola Davis accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder” during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

By Jacob J. Spinner, MD

Peer Reviewed

Last week Viola Davis made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. In accepting her award, she gave a moving speech on opportunity and bias against women of color . …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

September 16, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Miguel A. Saldivar

Last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in conjunction with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announced the premature ending of what is now being dubbed a landmark study: the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) . Preliminary results showed that, in adults over the age of 50, a target systolic blood pressure of 120 mm Hg could reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by almost a third and the risk of death by almost a quarter. But …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 1, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ofole Mgbako, MD

Peer Reviewed 

This past week marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and President Obama visited the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The president described the hurricane as “a natural disaster” that became “a man-made disaster…a failure of government to look out for its own citizens.” While important progress has been made, the region still faces many economic problems – about one-third of the population and 40% of children live below the poverty line – and over 100,000 African Americans who …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 24, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Neha Sathe, MD 

Peer Reviewed 

As new fires ignite at the enormous Tianjin blast site in northern China, concern mounts regarding exposure to 700 tons of toxic chemicals that had been stored there. The initial explosion, a tragedy that claimed 116 lives and destroyed 17,000 homes, released high levels of such chemicals as sodium cyanide, which continues to affect local air and water quality.

While China moves to control this chemical exposure, Africa celebrates one year without a new case of polio on the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 17, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mariya Rosenblit, MD

Peer Reviewed

On Friday, the Greek parliament and Eurozone finance ministers approved an international loan deal, saving the Greek government from going into default on their debts. The package is 86 billion euros and requires Greece to put in place spending limits, new tax increases, and raising the retirement age. This allows Greece to remain in the Eurozone and make its 3.2 billion euro payment to the European Central bank on August 20th. The hope is that the bailout will allow …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 10, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Republican presidential candidates from left, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: OTK

By Samantha Kass Newman, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week we saw a dynamic cast of characters engage in a hearty debate with the hopes of earning the GOP’s nomination for the presidency in 2016. Although the candidates rarely agreed, they stood united in …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 3, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Kudlowitz, MD

Peer Reviewed

In the news this week, 4 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx (1). A total of 65 people have been affected since mid-July. All deaths have been in older patients with underlying medical problems. NYC health officials have decontaminated several buildings’ water supply, including a hospital and a hotel. The initial outbreak of Legionella was at the American Legion conference in Philadelphia in 1976. There, 221 people were infected and 34 people …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 28, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kevin Ha, MD, PhD

Peer Reviewed 

This week, NASA announced the discovery of Kepler 425b, an exoplanet that is “Earth’s bigger, older cousin” . It takes 385 days to orbit around the habitable zone of its sun, and it “almost certainly” has an atmosphere. Although its sun is brighter than our own, the exoplanet receives about the same amount of sunlight as ours because its orbit is wider. Overall, Kepler 425b is the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found in a habitable zone. With this …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 21, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robin Guo, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week was marked by ground-breaking milestones in the fields of science and engineering, such as the awe-inspiring images of Pluto beamed from several billion miles away and the bioengineering of an organoid human brain to study autism (1, 2). As we sit behind our screens and reminisce about the days when Pluto was still a planet, let us take a look at several news-worthy discoveries from the medical world.

A New Risk-Stratification Index for Pneumonia Patients on Appropriate

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 13, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Valentine, MD

Peer Reviewed

In a busy week, here’s some world news highlights: After a month of dramatic drops in the Chinese markets, finances have begun to stabilize, but at the cost of many families’ savings; Greece offered the EU a new plan for a return to fiscal sustainability; the Syrian refugee crisis continued to worsen, with many fleeing into neighboring countries; and Scott Walker added his name to the list of GOP presidential candidates.

Liraglutide for a bit less weight

With obese …

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