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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 11, 2016
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew McNeill, MD

Peer Reviewed

The holidays have ended, the trees and tinsel have been taken down, and winter has officially arrived in New York City. Unseasonably warm weather (from the second warmest year in history ]) up to this point has kept the influenza virus as a sporadically diagnosed condition in New York and much of the United States. The advent of cooler air, lower humidity, enclosed spaces, runny noses, and decreased Vitamin D are sure to change that in coming weeks ].…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 23, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Pooja Gala, MD

Last week, world leaders convened in Paris to sign a landmark climate deal. 186 countries submitted plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to “hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” to avoid catastrophic storms, rising sea levels, and droughts . Across the ocean, Janet Yellen announced an increase in federal interest rates for the first time in 7 years signaling the Fed’s confidence in the US economy . Taking a break …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 16, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Pineles, MD

Peer Reviewed 

On Sunday, December 6th, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office following the horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California which left 14 people dead and the recent discovery that the perpetrators were indeed radicalized terrorists . In his speech, the president discussed our nation’s fight against terrorism since 9/11 and the steps our country is taking to fight the current threat of ISIS . In other news, Donald Trump continues his surprising run for presidency …

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

December 8, 2015
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Jiwoon Chang, MD

Peer Reviewed 

This past week we witnessed another senseless mass shooting in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people. The FBI is investigating this act of violence as a terror attack and the assailants’ link to ISIS . On average shootings that kill or injure more than 3 people occurred once or more per day in the United States this year . In other news US health spending increased by 5.3% last year to $3 trillion, likely due to expanded insurance coverage …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

November 23, 2015
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Noam Broder, MD

This week in Primecuts we take a moment to honor the victims of the recent terror attacks in Paris and the emergency response teams who cared for the wounded. According to the Wall Street Journal, Paris’s hospital authority triggered its “Plan Blanc” at about 10:30 pm local time Friday, effectively calling medical personnel to work, getting ambulances on the road, and beds readied ahead of the expected patients. American hospitals have emergency plans similar to “Plan Blanc” with strategies for dealing …

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

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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