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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 8, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Light, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

As summer continues, the heat presses on, the inevitable slow march towards shorter days progresses and NYU Langone Medical Center marked its first week with a new class of interns. There is much in the news including political unrest in Egypt, verbal escalation in the New York City mayoral race, and the release of new data in the fields of renal transplant and heart failure.

This week as America celebrated its independence, military forces removed democratically elected Egyptian …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 1, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Vorsanger, MD and Brian Greet, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Making health news this week, an ailing Nelson Mandela who has been hospitalized in an intensive care unit for over twenty days was visited by Barack Obama during his trip to South Africa. Considered a “personal hero”, President Obama was robbed of the ability to converse with the prior South African ruler due to the gravity of his illness. California, Nevada and parts of Arizona have been overwhelmed with near record triple digit temperatures …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 24, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Karin Katz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that human genes cannot be patented. The case involved Myriad Genetics, a company that patented the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in the late 1990s. Since then, the company has offered the most comprehensive test to detect gene mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer risk, known as BRACAnalysis, with a price tag of over $3000. While the court ruled that “a naturally occurring segment” of DNA cannot be patented, complementary …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 17, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Brian Greet, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Making headlines in the news this week 94 year old Nelson Mandela appears to be recovering after again being hospitalized for pneumonia. Thought possibly to be a complication of the tuberculosis he contracted while in prison, this is the second time the previous South African president has been hospitalized for pneumonia this year. The most destructive wildfire in Colorado history continues to wreak havoc, incinerating at least 450 homes. Controversy continues after Edward Snowden, a 29 year old …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

June 4, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Vorsanger, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week, captivating the interest of health and lay media alike is news of the emerging viral infection dubbed MERS-CoV (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus). Although popular media is rife with dramatic statements such as that of Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, when at the 66th session of the World Health Assembly, she called it “a threat to the entire world”, we are obliged to look at the facts for ourselves. What is known …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 21, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gloria Lan, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week, Angelina Jolie surprised the world with her confession of having had a prophylactic double mastectomy because of a BRCA-1 mutation. This led to an outpouring of support from breast cancer organizations and celebrities and has landed her on the cover of next month’s Time Magazine entitled “The Angelina Jolie Effect.” Many have predicted that because of Angelina’s brave story, more women will investigate their own family histories and probe further into the issue of genetic testing. …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

May 6, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Ellie Hammer, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay athlete playing on a major American sports team. Fighting continued in Syria and law enforcement officers continued to investigate the Boston Marathon bombers and their motivations. Finally, the cannibalized remains of a young settler at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, were discovered. This finding furthers our understanding of the harsh reality our forefathers endured to establish a permanent presence …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 29, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Anish Parikh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week, the nation continues to heal in the aftermath of the tragic bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon on April 15. While one of the two brothers behind the attacks was killed in a dramatic shootout with Boston police last week, the other escaped and was not found until a day-long search that effectively shut down the entire city was completed. As interrogations have begun, new developments in the case are already emerging. It has …

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