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The bedrock requirement to obtain informed consent before patients may be enrolled in research has been eroding. I’ve documented the different ways and different reasons for this several times here over the years (Informed Consent for Babies: When Experts Disagree, Informed Consent in Infant Research: Ethical Problems Remain, Informed Consent in Comparative Effectiveness Research and Read More

3d render of sickle cell anemia blood cells

Editors’ Note: Dr. Caterina Minniti was invited by the New England Journal of Medicine to write an editorial about L-glutamine, a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year for the treatment of sickle-cell disease. We asked Dr. Minniti, a professor of medicine and of pediatrics at Einstein and the director Read More

Stripped travel bag on ground with pills resting just outside of it

Editors’ Note: Summer is a peak time for travel abroad, which can lead to an increased exposure to health risks from infectious diseases, such as Zika and malaria. Travel doctor and infectious-disease expert Dr. Louis Weiss answers questions about how travelers should prepare for trips and how physicians can help them. What follows are his Read More

As a primary care doctor who cares for many patients with opioid-use disorder, I am invested in timely and effective strategies to curb our nation’s opioid epidemic. Because so many instances of opioid addiction and overdoses begin with or involve commonly prescribed opioids, we need multiple strategies that address the significant harms associated with prescription Read More

A relative taught me to drive in a burgundy Lincoln Town Car in an empty Long Island parking lot in the 1980s. After emphasizing the need to practice driving in reverse, he also warned: “A car is a weapon. You can kill someone, or get killed, in an instant.” I am a safer driver (forwards Read More

I recently visited Montgomery, Alabama, a city that is no stranger to historical moments, and walked through the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice created by the Equal Justice Initiative to honor lynching victims. I also visited the accompanying Legacy Museum, which documents human-rights abuses of black Americans from slavery to the present. The Read More