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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 28, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Michael Lee, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In 2013, the state of New York mandated healthcare workers who do not receive influenza vaccination to wear surgical masks in healthcare settings. This historically unprecedented regulation is in part a response to the high influenza-associated morbidity and mortality witnessed during the 2012-2013 flu season, causing more than a thousand hospitalizations and five pediatric deaths in New York state alone. Although it has faced its fair share of oppositions from the healthcare workers, this new state-wide initiatiive…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 21, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Sherif Shoucri, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Extra! Extra! National Parks Reopen! In fact, so did the rest of the federal government, after an 11th hour budget deal brokered by Senate leaders extended federal borrowing powers for three months and reopened Uncle Sam’s doors for business. The House of Representatives quickly passed “big-brother’s” bill and the US narrowly averted a financial default with global economic repercussions. What is the price tag of a 16 day government shutdown? Experts are estimating this will cost the economy…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 15, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Kerrilynn Carney, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Talks between President Obama and House Republicans were described as “cordial but fruitless,” as they again failed to reach an agreement on a six-week extension of the nation’s borrowing authority over the holiday weekend. As elected officials try to sway public opinion on which party bears responsibility for the shutdown, and salvage the greater portion of the 5% approval rating currently enjoyed by Congress, the roll out of Obamacare begins slowly but visibly in the community. Despite…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

October 7, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By David Kudlowitz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

For the first time since 1996, the government has shut down due to lack of Congressional funding. Most of the wrangling behind this political stalemate surrounds support of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, 800,000 non-essential federal employees are out of work and various services are offline. While legislators continue to argue over the politics of health care reform, the Affordable Care Act’s online health exchanges opened on October 1. In other news, at the United…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 30, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Darya Rudym, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Lighter, faster, cheaper. This useful promo phrase applicable to almost all technological developments, was put forth by Amazon.com as they launched their new Kindle Fire this week. This came conveniently a day after Microsoft released the second generation of their much talked about Surface tablet. While the technology giants battled to appeal to the interests of a modern day reader, President Barack Obama endorsed democratic candidate Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City. President Obama…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 23, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gabriel Schneider, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Fueling concern over the continued dysfunction in Washington, the Republican-led House of Representatives produced a budget on Friday that included defunding of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. This marks the 42nd attempt to repeal Obamacare and will almost certainly be rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, risking a government shut down on Sept. 30th if a budget is not ratified. This political folly in Washington stands in juxtaposition to the admirable example set earlier last…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 16, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Brian Yuen, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Flu season is upon us. According to the CDC, flu outbreaks start as soon as October and usually end in May, with a peak around February. Vaccinations for the general public typically begin in September with a focus on high-risk groups, including the young, the old, and those who are immunocompromised . However, few know of the origins of vaccinations. Long gone are the days where freshly dried small pox scabs were ground into dust and administered…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 9, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By John Hwang, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Ongoing review of documents leaked as part of the Snowden affair reveal the National Security Agency’s astonishing capability to defeat encryption technology safeguarding a wide variety of satellite and Internet communications. At the G20 summit, President Obama is attempting to mend international relations in the wake of revelations that this capability was directed against the United States’ European allies, as well as its regional partners in Central and South America. Meanwhile, intercepted Syrian communiqués are cited in…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

September 3, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Molly Somberg, MD, MPA

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer, which meant the end of long lazy beach days and back to school for millions of American children. For many adults, and kids alike, this past weekend also marked the kickoff of the college football season. Whether a Buckeye, a Bulldog or a Bobcat (which is NYU’s mascot, although the university no longer has a football team), football season means alumni have the chance to show…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

August 26, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Brian Greet, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

On the twenty first of this month, rebels proclaimed that they had been attacked by the Syrian government with the use of chemical warfare. Medicins Sans Frontieres is reporting this week that they treated approximately 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” of whom 355 had expired. Bart Janssens, MSF Director of Operations, stated “MSF can neither scientifically confirm the cause of these symptoms or establish who is responsible for the attack.” He went on to say, “However, the reported…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

August 19, 2013
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Kelly Forrester, MD

At Fenway Park on Sunday, after hitting a 6th inning home run that led the Yankees to a victory against the Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez made the ultimate statement to angry officials and fans that he is not going to give in.  Rodriguez has been under fire since January because of his ties to the Biogenesis baseball scandal where he was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.  On August 5th, Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games, although he is allowed…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

August 13, 2013
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Theresa Sumberac, MD

What do the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping have in common? Their successes are all due, in varying extents, to the use of HeLa cells. HeLa cells were originally derived from a self-replicating cell line obtained unknowingly 65 years ago from Henrietta Lacks, a woman battling an aggressive form of cervical cancer. Researchers soon realized the potential of these cells, which have been referenced in over 74,000 studies to date. Concern by Ms. Lacks’ descendants erupted in the…

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