Ebola treatment center in Guinea

A CDC image of an Ebola treatment center located in Guinea, West Africa

The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar.

There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes of defeating a disease with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent.

The questions are: how will these therapies be distributed, and who will receive them first? [click to continue…]

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Elementary school student receives nutrition advice while snacking on an apple

Students learning about nutrition during a BODY club event in 2014. 

When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives.

No question, it seems an uphill battle for many kids. Childhood obesity is epidemic, with more than one-third of U.S. kids and teens now classified as overweight or obese. And to make matters worse, kids in America watch, on average, between three and five fast-food ads every day. [click to continue…]

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Einstein Class of 2018 M.D. students heading to an orientation event

Einstein Class of 2018 M.D. students heading to an orientation event.

To the incoming Albert Einstein College of Medicine Class of 2018, congratulations on your admission to medical school! Be prepared for an onslaught of information: advice, tips, good wishes, pointers, greetings, suggestions and introductions.

This post is part of that mix, but it will be brief! [click to continue…]

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Professor having discussion with med studentsMed school orientation is here again! How can it be happening so soon? Even though I’ve been at this now for decades (yes, decades), the same questions play out in my head: Do we have everything ready? What will this class be like? How will it do academically? How will it adjust to life at med school, and to life in the Bronx?

It does seem to those of us who are on the faculty and in educational administration that these major events—orientation, graduation, transition ceremony and the many other milestones with which the academic calendar is punctuated—come around sooner than we expect. [click to continue…]

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money being given for vegetables at a farmers marketIn my pediatric nutrition practice, I often preach about getting more fruits and vegetables into the diets of the children I see at the Nutrition Clinic of Einstein’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center. Eating more vegetables is a proven way to fight obesity and promote better health.

Sometimes the question of where and how to find healthy food comes up during my conversations with parents. Many of my clients reside in the Bronx, where sometimes the closest vegetable is the pickle on a greasy hamburger or some deep-fried potatoes. [click to continue…]

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