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November 17, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Amy Shen Tang, MD

Friday, November 13th unfortunately proved to be more than an unlucky day for Parisians. What initially sounded like firecrackers outside a soccer match at the Stade de France, with President Francois Hollande in attendance, was quickly realized to be the first suicide bomber detonating explosives. Soon after, gunfire and suicide bombs erupted at Bataclan Music Hall and four other sites simultaneously, culminating in well over 100 deaths and more than 350 wounded. President Hollande declared a state of emergency as …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

November 10, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Loren Franco, MD

Russia has suspended all flights to Egypt amidst mounting reports and evidence that a terrorist bomb took down the Metrojet flight to St. Petersburg. Last week on October 31st, a Metrojet plane carrying 224 individuals exploded soon after taking off in a resort town in Egypt on its way to St. Petersburg, killing everyone on board. Soon after the news hit, ISIS affiliates began to take credit for the crash but never described how it was done, prompting authorities to question …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

November 3, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Stephanie Wu, MD

Peer Reviewed

This past weekend, we cheered for the 50,000 people who ran the NYC marathon. Jonathan Mendes, at 94 years old, tackled this marathon for his 14th time . In the midst of this momentous and triumphant occasion, we witnessed the tragic loss of 224 people on board a plane that crashed in Egypt. Earlier in the week, China repealed its one-child policy that had been in place since 1979. With plenty of Halloween candy in our stomachs and an …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

October 27, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Rory Abrams, MD

This past week the Mets became the 2015 National League Champions and are headed to the World Series. Larry David stole our hearts and minds after his impersonation of Bernie Sanders on SNL. Joe Biden officially announced he is not running for President in 2016. And Nike announced it will manufacture a limited number of the self-lacing shoes from Back To The Future 2, which will be auctioned off to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research and the Michael J. Fox …

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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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