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In June, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee overwhelmingly recommended approval of two new drugs for cholesterol lowering, alirocumab (brand name Praluent, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis) and evolocumab (Repatha, manufactured by Amgen). A final FDA decision is still pending, but is expected to take into account the advisory committee’s recommendation and should come Read More

Strawberry protein drink/meal replacement

The typical dictionary definition of fasting is 1) to abstain from all foods or 2) to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance. Few practice the former, at least not for any significant length of time. The second definition, however, has taken many forms, though in modern times Read More

African medical nurse talking to a senior patient

As I flip through the short stack of medical journals I’ve accumulated each week, I often ask myself whether the research studies I am reading would pass the “grandma test.” Could I explain these studies to my grandmother in a way she could understand? Would she think they were important? Physicians, patients­—all of us—are inundated Read More

Recording diabetes information in Uganda using a test strip

Editors’ Note: This summer, six students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine have traveled to Soroti, Uganda, to treat diabetes as part of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Institute (GDI). During this period, we will run a series of posts detailing their challenges and progress. In this post, second-year M.D. student Jeannie Tran shares her thoughts about Read More

Clare Marantz

If you’re interested in heart disease—and who over the age of 40 isn’t?—you may have read an excellent series of articles by reporter Gina Kolata recently published in the New York Times. If you haven’t seen it, the series includes pieces on blood pressure, stents, heart attack treatment and a new approach to aortic valve Read More

gold trophy outdoors with light shining from behind

Exciting news to share! Calling its combination of faculty, student and staff blog posts a “clear winner,” the judges of the 2015 Nonprofit PR Awards have named Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s The Doctor’s Tablet their Best Blog for 2015. The competition was held by PR Daily, part of Ragan Communications. We are honored by this Read More

students working together on project

A few years ago, the Association of American Medical Colleges encouraged medical schools to adopt a holistic approach to admissions, the goal being the acceptance of students who might bring a different kind of intelligence to medicine beyond that which can be measured by the usual metrics of grades and MCAT scores. What is that Read More