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Bullet holes in a front windshield

On average, gun violence kills 33,000 Americans each year. Over the 2016 Christmas weekend, 27 Chicago citizens were shot, seven of them fatally. While studying in a Chicago medical school in 2011, I saw the effects of gun violence firsthand. It saddens me to know that six years later, little if anything has changed. In Read More

Pomegranate with seeds displayed. Isolated on a white background.

A new year brings an opportunity to reflect on and reevaluate our lives. When you’re a registered dietitian/nutritionist, it’s also time to review food trends for 2017. That’s why I look forward to the annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition,” a survey from Pollock Communications based on interviews with thousands of registered dietitians. Here’s the survey’s Read More

Black and white photo woman crying with hands over her mouth

 Editors' Note: Since publication of this piece, a reader drew our attention to several articles from The Washington Post, which call into question the numbers of domestic sex traffic victims cited in this blog and the methods used to estimate them. In the United States, some 100,000 to 300,000 children and adolescents are victims of domestic sex trafficking—and Read More

Hand holding bag containing human organ for transplant

Over the past several years, I’ve written in this blog about several incidents involving informed consent (Informed Consent for Babies: When Experts Disagree; Informed Consent in Infant Research: Ethical Problems Remain; and Informed Consent in Comparative Effectiveness Research). The issue is back, this time with a twist. In the latest episode, a study involving kidney Read More

Photo by Livy Low

On my last day of rotation in the psychiatric emergency room, we received a new patient. The keywords and phrases rang through the air: “teenager,” “transgender,” “homeless,” “assaulted recently,” “says she feels a full-grown baby kicking.” I immediately asked if I could see this patient, and was sent out to admit her.

Different desserts at a buffet

For many students, it’s the first time they’re living away from home: no family, no relatives, no friends nearby. Yes, there’s the Internet, and that makes socializing easier, but a new school schedule—even for those at the graduate level—combined with dorm life, dorm food and a totally new environment is enough to stress out even Read More