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In 1902, a smallpox outbreak infected thousands of people across the northeastern United States. That year, in Massachusetts alone, 2,314 people were infected, and 284 died. This was not unusual for early-twentieth-century Massachusetts: The smallpox vaccine had been invented more than a century earlier and had markedly reduced the incidence of the disease, but the Read More

Lung cancer patients and providers live in a much more hopeful world than the one I entered as a physician/scientist at the turn of the century. Proof of that improved landscape can be seen in a recent annual report on cancer rates in the United States, which shows a 30 percent drop in lung cancer Read More

In 2010, a social media campaign called “It Gets Better” was launched to help support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world. The goal was to offer hope and encouragement and to empower youth to create and inspire the changes needed to make the world better for them and others. This was also Read More

The recently released EAT-Lancet report makes recommendations that its authors, a group of international researchers and academics, say are necessary to improve the health of both the planet and its inhabitants. The report says this can be done by minimizing agriculture-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, particularly from the production of animal foods. They argue that Read More

Ten years ago it would not have been worth my time to write about measles nor yours to read about it. In the year 2000, thanks to a very effective 2-shot childhood vaccination program using a combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, the U.S. was declared free of this potentially lethal disease. However, by the end of Read More

Computer illustration of unicellular fungus Candida auris.

The front-page New York Times article, “A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy” and its companion pieces, “Candida Auris: The Fungus Nobody Wants to Talk About” and “Culture of Secrecy Shields Hospitals With Outbreaks of Drug-Resistant Infections” have sparked a lot of important conversations and concern about a fungus that has surprised many with Read More