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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

Coffee cup and on a wooden table. Dark background.

Editors’ Note: Each day, there are 2.2 billion cups of coffee consumed worldwide. In the U.S. alone,  residents average 2.7 cups of coffee per day. As a result, there are  frequently studies reported about the potential benefits or harm caused by the beverage, which is why we're presenting the following blog post which first appeared on Forbes.com. Since 1991 coffee has Read More

An arm being sprayed with mosquito repellant to prevent zika

Six months ago, few people had heard of Zika virus. Now, not a day passes without new revelations about the virus. Let’s put Zika virus infection in some context. John Donne wrote, in the 16th century, “No man is an island.” Aside from the fact that we would now want Mr. Donne to say “no Read More