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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recently issued a consensus report, “Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance,” on editing the human genome using a powerful technique called CRISPR/Cas9. This technique enables changes to be made not only to an individual’s genetic makeup, but also to the human Read More

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According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with approximately 155,870 deaths from the disease in 2016. Add to that an estimated 222,500 new diagnoses of lung cancer and it’s clear that a big challenge lies ahead for researchers. Still, recent advances in diagnosis and Read More

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One day I received a call in the office from someone seeking to make a documentary on individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) transitioning to the workforce. The caller wanted to know if I had patients who might be interested in participating. I thought for a moment: It had been a typical week in my Read More

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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

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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

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 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