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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 27, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Vorsanger, MD

Peer Reviewed

As we spend time with family and friends on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend, we also ponder the senseless and tragic killings recently committed in Isla Vista, California. Between the interviews of experts, eyewitnesses, and acquaintances of the killer and the victims, we are left to wonder how these tragedies can be prevented in the future . With the health of our nation in mind, we also turn to recently published advancements in medical literature in this week’s PrimeCuts.…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 20, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Peer Reviewed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC confirmed on May 12 that a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was present in the U.S. This patient in Florida is a resident of Saudi Arabia, much like the first U.S. case of MERS, which occurred in a traveler from Saudi Arabia to Indiana that the CDC announced 10 days earlier. While the CDC cautions that vigilance is needed to recognize and respond to this emerging infectious disease,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 12, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kaley Myer, MD

Peer Reviewed

The US government has offered to assist the Nigerian government this week in an effort to locate hundreds of girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok by the militant organization Boko Haram last month. Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian government of knowing of an impending threat to the school and failing to act. The group’s leader claimed, on a video that surfaced this week, that the girls were to be sold into slavery.

WHO releases estimates of worldwide

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 5, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jennifer Ng, MD

Peer Reviewed

The end is near, as has been foretold for over a thousand years. Yet, the plague, Halley’s comet, Nostradamus, Y2K, and the Mayan Prophecy – just to name a few so-called predicted apocalyptic events – have all come and gone, and the world is still here. However, never has the prophecy seemed more poised to come true than now. Just in the past week, thirty plus tornadoes hit the Midwest and the South, and the death count is still…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 28, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Peer reviewed

NYU Langone made headlines in the New York Times this week with the re-opening of its emergency room, over 18 months after waters from the East River flooded the hospital during Hurricane Sandy . Now triple its previous size, the emergency room is fully open for business, most notably to city ambulances – a rare sight in the post-Sandy era.

Many have suggested the opening of the emergency room has social implications – patient advocates have long accused…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 22, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Harry Saag, MD

Peer Reviewed

Roughly one year ago the city of Boston was in upheaval after two young men set off bombs in close proximity to the city’s landmark marathon, injuring hundreds of people. One year later the city was, once again, hosting its annual run with as much pride and fervor as ever. Despite the atrocities of last year’s events, it did not deter the city of Boston from forging on stronger than ever.

Similar analogies can be made regarding progress in…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 14, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arnab Ghosh, MD

Peer Reviewed

With the awakening of Spring this week, the City basks in its new growth. Wandering the streets and avenues, the parks and riversides, they resemble the concord of the natural elements, whisking the bleeding cold away for another year. Punctuated by the dance of Spring showers, the vigour of the Sun’s warmth is empowering, embracing and enhancing. And so the troubles of faraway places, in Crimea, Syria, the Central African Republic, of terrible actions befalling our world, like climate…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 7, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Vorsanger, MD

Peer Reviewed

It seems that over the past week, New York has finally started to emerge from the deep-freeze of winter; and as we see the beginnings of spring, the lay press has begun to take interest in the eternal cycle of renewal. In particular, news has focused on the rapidly-expanding technology of 3D printing and the inroads it has been making into the science of organ growth . When combined with these versatile devices, harvested and cloned cells can be…

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

April 2, 2014
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Jennifer Mulliken, MD

Peer reviewed

The Eiffel Tower, an historic symbol of industry and science in France, celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. On March 31st, 1889, the first visitors ascended by foot to the top of the tower – 1,710 steps – as the lifts had not yet been completed. In May of the same year, the Eiffel Tower made its official debut at the World’s Fair in Paris, marking the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution. Originally standing at 984 feet, it…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 25, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Nicole Van Groningen, MD

Peer reviewed

At 12:57 pm last Thursday, the sun passed the celestial equator, marking the Vernal Equinox. What has spring meant to New Yorkers so far? Mother nature offered an impressive 3-day stretch of near-50 degree weather. The Eastern Phoebe, a drab-colored songbird thought to herald the beginning of spring, has been spotted in the city. And in Bowling Green, urban shaman and eco-ceremonialist Donna Henes conducted her 39th consecutive ritual of standing eggs on their ends, an ancient practice…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 19, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anjali Mone, MD

Peer Reviewed

While the majority of media coverage is focusing on Crimea’s annexation and continued upheaval in the Middle East, also making the news this week was a high school teacher who lost weight while on an unconventional diet. John Cisna, a science teacher from Iowa, managed to lose 56 pounds and more shockingly saw an improvement in his cholesterol profile after eating only at McDonald’s for 6 months. How could a diet of Quarter Pounders, salty fries, Chicken McNuggets,…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 10, 2014
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jessica Taff, MD

Peer Reviewed

While the world’s political attention turned to conflict in Ukraine this week, the New York Times turned national attention to several physicians with big political ambitions . Currently, 17 physicians sit in the House or Representatives and 3 in the Senate, numbers that are expected to grow in the near future. While keen medical knowledge may not always translate to savvy political skill, the two fields do have a common theme of perpetual change and controversy. In both, new…

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