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Editors’ Note: This article originally appeared in STAT on Dec. 5, 2017. “Smart pills” that can track whether or when you’ve taken your medication might be helpful for some people. Unfortunately, the first smart pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Abilify MyCite, is a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. That raises tricky ethical issues. Decades of Read More

Recently, the library at Einstein, where I work as a medical librarian, experienced a momentary internet outage. In that instant everything seemed to stop in its tracks. Medical students preparing to take their STEP 1 Board exams couldn’t finish their web-based practice tests. Ph.D. candidates couldn’t download the journal articles they needed in preparation for Read More

baby in high chair eating

One of the things I most love about the field of nutrition is that it is constantly evolving. There was a time when people with ulcers were instructed to drink small amounts of cream and milk throughout the day to buffer their stomachs against acid and reduce the irritation of the ulcer. Now we know Read More

From behind picture of younger woman putting arms around elderly woman

In late October 1980, Dear Abby published a letter from “Desperate in NY.” Desperate wrote about terrible changes in her 50-year-old husband: he had lost his memory and lost his job. He couldn’t drive and couldn’t be left alone in the house. They’d just been told he had something called Alzheimer’s disease, but they’d never Read More

Earle Chambers, Ph.D. hiking

In this picture from May, I am on a hike: 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail. It’s my third year in a row, and so far I’ve done about 180 miles of the trail’s 2,190 miles. It stretches from Georgia to Maine and every year is a new adventure with challenges all along the way Read More

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Editors’ Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Forbes.com. In July, a large study was published purporting to show that sperm concentrations in the ejaculate of men in Western countries had declined by 52 percent between 1973 and 2010. The new study synthesized results from 185 studies from 50 different countries. The authors concluded that, “These findings strongly Read More