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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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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 9, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Robert J. Gianotti, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

No matter how hard I try I just can’t get the picture of Kevin Ware fracturing his leg last Easter Sunday out of my head. Not only did it ruin my appetite for a perfectly cooked crown roast, but it has had me asking “How?”. How could this happen, how could a young, fit, elite college athlete suffer such a horrible injury after what appeared to be an routine jump for a pass block. A quick Google…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

April 1, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jiah Shin Teh, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

On behalf of Primecuts, happy belated Easter! We all hope that the days of special observance, no matter your faith, will help to refresh and recharge. For as we venture into the days of 2013, or post-12/21/12 for some out there, the world ever changes. Meteorites crashing down in spectacular Youtube-worthy fashion. North Korea’s wanton bluster reaching heights seldom seen that has got the world worried. And for us medical folks of course, the litany of new…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 26, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Benjamin P. Geisler, MD, MPH

On March 24th, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day was commemorated, exactly 131 years after Robert Koch identified the mycobacterium in a talk at the Physiological Society of Berlin. In other news this week, the return of the VA primary care clinic to Manhattan was announced for April 8th, and spring began on March 20th. To mark these occasions, Primecuts brings you the freshest studies published online during the past week.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

March 18, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Gregory Katz, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Habemus papum! It was hard to find anything in the news this week that didn’t mention Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s ascension to infallibility as he became Pope Francis. As the first pontiff from the Western Hemisphere, Francis ushers in a new era for the Catholic Church. He chose his name to honor St. Francis, the Italian friar best known for his advocacy for the poor. Overshadowed by the church’s announcement was the legal rejection of Mayor Bloomberg’s plan…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

February 19, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Aaron Smith

Faculty Peer Reviewed

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day! In this edition of Primecuts, we look at recent scientific articles pertaining to our favorite Valentine’s Day traditions. Next year, you may find the following information useful before you pour that bottle of wine, open that box of chocolates, or snuggle with that special someone.

Long believed to be an aphrodisiac, red wine is practically synonymous with love and romance. An article in Molecular Reproduction & Development supports red wine’s purported fertility-enhancing properties. Aquila et…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 28, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Jillian Rosengard, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week we bundled up to bear the brutal cold, watched President Obama’s second term inaugural address, and inched closer to our return to Bellevue. Meanwhile, an article from this week’s New England Journal of Medicine gained media attention. Jha et al’s retrospective cohort study of more than 200,000 Americans examined cigarette smoking’s effect on survival and the benefits of smoking cessation. After accounting for potential confounders (namely education level, alcohol use, and obesity), life expectancy for current…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 15, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Elizabeth Hammer, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week we saw some winners and some losers. The 2013 Academy Award Nominations were announced. Nobody was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A flu outbreak in Boston led the city’s mayor to declare a public health emergency, while Pertussis is working on a comeback. And the NIH released an extensive report on health in the US that found that not only do Americans have poorer health and lower life expectancies, but they also are less…

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

January 7, 2013
Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

By Cassia Wells, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

This week as the world said goodbye to 2012 and welcomed the new year, the economic “fiscal cliff” dominated the US news cycles. A deal was eventually reached that, among other things, prevented a 27% decrease in Medicare reimbursements for doctors for another year. Overall 2012 was a big year for healthcare reform as it featured prominently in the presidential election in November and the US Supreme Court deemed the Affordable Care Act constitutional in June. Healthcare reform…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 27, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

Iulia Giuroiu, MD

These past few weeks and surely for some time to come, the tragedy in Newtown, CT will weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and our thoughts, prayers and support go out to all who were affected by this terrible event. The diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness, in addition to gun control, have again moved to the forefront of political and public health debates.  While the journals are likely to join these discussions in the coming weeks, a broad range of…

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Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

December 17, 2012
Primecuts-This Week in the Journals

By Shyam Amin, MD

Faculty Peer Reviewed

 Welcome back to Clinical Correlations! These last couple months have been largely dominated by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Just as New York City has landed back on its feet, we here at the NYU Department of Medicine and Clinical Correlations are determined to continue our mission to practice medicine with the best evidence available.

While our beloved Manhattan VA remains closed, our colleagues at the Minneapolis VA released an observational study in the Archives of Internal Medicine…

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