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I recently visited Montgomery, Alabama, a city that is no stranger to historical moments, and walked through the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice created by the Equal Justice Initiative to honor lynching victims. I also visited the accompanying Legacy Museum, which documents human-rights abuses of black Americans from slavery to the present. The Read More

Salt poured against black background

An article recently published online in the journal Hypertension proposes a research study to help resolve the ongoing debate over the long-term benefits of a low-salt diet. The authors contend that this study would have to take place in a controlled environment, and conclude that the best prospect would be to conduct a randomized controlled Read More

Dr. Allen Spiegel, featured speaker at Albert Einstein College of Medicine's 60th Commencement

Editors’ Note: This spring marks the final term for Dr. Allen Spiegel as Dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. One week ago, he delivered the address at Einstein’s 60th Commencement. But we’re not presenting his remarks for those reasons. Instead, we thought his reflections on the efforts needed to treat and cure disease were important Read More

Einstein medical student Ilirjan Gjonbalaj and mom

EDITORS’ NOTE: We celebrate all of our graduates receiving their degrees on Thursday, May 24. But it’s always a special moment when someone from our Morris Park neighborhood completes their journey at Einstein. Today we present the story of one such student along with the support he found in the Bronx that led to his Read More

man repairing body of old car

Even the healthiest among us who are lucky enough to live long lives will break down and, ultimately, shut down. We age; we die. Yet this seemingly unavoidable process will likely change in the foreseeable future. In recent years, the prospect of curbing aging has gained traction, increasing not only the average human life span Read More

Like many teenage boys growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, I was a Kurt Vonnegut nut. I read, reread and re-reread everything he wrote, and no doubt his humorously cynical take on the human condition played a big role in forming my sensibilities. I particularly loved his short stories, of which “Harrison Bergeron” may Read More