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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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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

August 6, 2013
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By: Matthew Weiss, MD

Though Don Draper publicly explained to us “Why I’m Quitting Tobacco” as far back as 1965, we’re still collectively dealing with the repercussions of those smokers, Don included, who didn’t follow his sage advice. Lung cancer today, 85% of which is attributable to cigarette use, makes up more than a quarter of all cancer deaths and claims roughly 160,000 American lives yearly – more than the toll from colorectal, breast and prostate cancers combined . Nearly 90 percent of patients with…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 29, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Arnab Ghosh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week’s Clinical Correlations begins with news from across the ‘pond’ and the much-anticipated birth of Prince George of Cambridge. The third in line to crown of the English monarchy, behind his grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William the Prince George, George Alexander Louis was born on the 22rd of July 2013. The last use of the name, commonly represented in the history of the British monarchy, was by the Queen’s father, King George VI. It is…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 22, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Mark Adelman, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal this past week for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, rallies and marches continue around the country to protest perceived racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. President Obama spoke on Friday in an unusually personal manner regarding the experiences of young African American men. Summing up his views by stating, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama urged more frank, open discussions about the history and future…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

July 15, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Matthew Light, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed  

This week in the news and in the journals we look back at the Boston Strangler case, a previous pneumococcal vaccination strategy and we evaluate current coronary artery catheterization practices, and the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding related to the use of the new oral anticoagulants.

A break in the 50 year old Boston Strangler case links seminal fluid found at the crime scene of victim number eleven to long-suspected Massachusetts rapist, Albert DeSalvo . DeSalvo was convicted of the…

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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…

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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 resulting…

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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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