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Prescription pills on U.S. currency

Recent attention by the medical profession, Congress and the media has focused on the rising costs of new drugs, particularly for treatment of cancer and hepatitis C. This crisis is widespread, and is threatening any gains in healthcare savings in the U.S. and, more importantly, the health of patients who are unable to afford co-pays Read More

man pouring water on his head

Everyone, it seems, knows about the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon that raised record-breaking sums for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. This feel-good movement was critiqued by many, but no one can claim it was a bad thing: it raised lots of money, the overwhelming majority (96 percent) of which was used to Read More

hands on jail cell bars

Finally, Democrats and Republicans have agreed that reducing prison sentences should be a priority, especially for nonviolent drug offenses. It’s common sense that people with substance-use disorders should be offered addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration. But what if they can’t stop using drugs? They still don’t belong in prison. Incarceration Undermines Recovery Incarceration Read More

Doctor writing notes about child

Many people recall precisely where they were and what they were doing when a shocking event took place. Time seems to stop as if to allow us the opportunity to process the unthinkable, and the details appear clearly, as if on a screen in your mind. Two weeks ago I experienced such a moment, when the Read More

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Orientation 2014

The transition from college (or from a career, for nontraditional students) to medical school can be intense. It certainly was for me. In the months leading up to orientation, I read dozens of blogs and articles to try to learn what med school life was truly going to be like and to prepare myself for Read More

Row of prayer candles in a temple

Editors’ Note: In a March 2015 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted a dramatic increase in heroin use and heroin-overdose deaths; the number of deaths from heroin overdose nearly tripled from 2010 to 2013, with deaths since 2000 highest among those ages 25 to 44. Many people believe that the societal shame Read More