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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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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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