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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

March 1, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Bradley Lankowsky, MD

Peer Reviewed

NASA scientists announced the discovery of a solar system of 7 Earth-sized planets surrounding a nearby dwarf star about 40 light years away. Their findings published in Nature report that 3 of the planets are located within the habitable zone, the area around a star where liquid water may exist. However, NASA scientists believe all 7 may contain liquid water. The planetary system, named TRAPPIST-1 after the telescope used to discover it, raises the question of whether …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 22, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Matthew Gross, MD

Peer Reviewed

Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Intravenous Contrast Media Administration

This single center retrospective cohort analysis intended to assess the risk of contrast- induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients receiving CT scans with IV contrast in the emergency department. The authors responsible for the study recognized that the majority of studies evaluating contrast- induced nephropathy were conducted in patients undergoing arterial angiography and were done before low- and iso-osmolar contrast were available. This study identified a large number of patients …

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Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

February 13, 2017
Primecuts – This Week in the Journals

By Thatcher Heumann, MD

Peer Reviewed

Let’s talk about that game: whether you are a diehard sports fanatic or no know nothing about football, what happened on the evening of February 4th was truly remarkable. This was the greatest comeback (or collapse, depending how you experienced it) in all of the Big Game’s history. That night, 24, yes, 24 different championship records were broken in the two teams’ combined effort. In a time when national and worldwide trends have people feeling polarized, and even …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 6, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Carolyn B. Drake, MD, MPH

Peer Reviewed

News:

In the fortnight since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, we’ve seen a flurry of political activity as the new president seeks to make good on his promises from the campaign trail. From the headlines, these actions include: a number of executive orders signed, a controversial refugee ban enacted with widespread protests in its wake, the release of initial plans to build a wall along the border between Mexico and …

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Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

January 30, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In the Journals

By Samantha K. Newman, MD

Peer Reviewed

As Melania and Barron Trump are (not) settling into the White House, our new president spent Friday afternoon issuing an executive order that bans individuals from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. Citizens of Muslim-dominant countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are banned from entering the USA for approximately 90 days. This news comes in the wake of what will likely be a much more extensive ban, with the goal of …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 24, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

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By Calvin Ngai, MD

Peer Reviewed

In former President Barack Obama’s last farewell speech, he asked all fellow Americans to continue to believe in our ability to create change. This past weekend, the day after Donald J. Trump was sworn into the presidential office and our country bid one last farewell to former President Obama, hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington D.C. (millions, including marches from all around the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 17, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Scott Butler, MD 

Peer Reviewed

A presidential goodbye. A contentious press conference.  A salacious dossier from a British spy.  It’s been quite a week.

As Republican legislators transition from symbolically voting to repeal Obamacare (over 50 times since its inception) to making its dissolution a reality, it becomes increasingly clear that “replace” is the much more challenging half of the promise to “repeal and replace” the law. Theodore Roosevelt backed a plan for universal coverage when he sought an elusive third term in 1912.  …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 9, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By: Nancyanne Schmidt, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, the intelligence report commissioned by President Obama on suspected hacking during the recent presidential election revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at undermining The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, in particular. The report, which compiled the collective assessments of the C.I.A., National Security Agency and F.B.I., stopped short of implicating Russia in the outcome of the recent presidential election in which President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in a …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 4, 2017
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Derek Moriyama, MD

Peer Reviewed 

It is official. The members of the electoral college have cast their votes and Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. As he continues to use twitter as a platform to inform the world of his beliefs, including a reference to the direction of our nuclear program , we are all left guessing how his Presidency will affect the future of our country and the world.

Aside from U.S. political news, there have been shocking …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 19, 2016
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By B. Corbett Walsh, MD

Peer Reviewed

As many of us reflect on the festivities that occurred during the Department of Medicine Holiday Party this past weekend, all can agree that winter is not only coming, but that it has arrived. Earlier this week those inside New York University’s Langone Medical Center Tisch Hospital may have thought the excessive heating was premature, only to realize that a fire had broken out on 7th floor of the currently-under-construction Kimmel Pavilion. No injuries were reported, and the …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 13, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Shriram Alapaty, MD

Peer Reviewed

This week, America’s president-elect Donald Trump continued to defy expectations by selecting Mr. Scott Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In stark contrast, Google has targeted 2017 as the date by which to completely run on renewable energy. The environment has been a subject of global attention, with Paris opting to make all public transport free in the face of the worst air pollution in 10 years. While America continues …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert Freilich, MD

Peer Reviewed

Levels of smoking have dropped to record lows in the United states. Per a NY Times article1, the CDC reports that smoking levels are down in Americans from 21% in 2005 to 15% in 2015. This represents a reduction of almost 9 million Americans who are smoking. Encouragingly, smoking declined the greatest among the youngest age groups. Fifteen percent is the lowest level since the US began recording levels of smoking 50 years ago. Moving from population changes leading …

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