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I was saddened to read that Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., had died recently. His obituary in the New York Times is worth reading. Ben was a highly respected neuroscientist and chair of the department of neurobiology at Stanford from 2008 until last year, when he got sick. But he was also a highly effective spokesperson Read More

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In my family, as in many others, during the holiday season we volunteer at soup kitchens and purchase gifts to donate to children who might otherwise have none for Christmas. It’s our way of expressing our gratitude. This got me thinking about gratitude in the face of developmental disability. Daily life is often difficult for Read More

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Because I am an internal-medicine physician, friends and family members frequently ask me to recommend other physicians. When I make these endorsements, they are always of doctors who I trust will deliver the most evidence-based care. Why? Because the doctor who keeps up with the medical literature, whose practice evolves to incorporate new scientific discoveries Read More

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Editors’ Note: This article originally appeared in STAT on Dec. 5, 2017. “Smart pills” that can track whether or when you’ve taken your medication might be helpful for some people. Unfortunately, the first smart pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Abilify MyCite, is a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. That raises tricky ethical issues. Decades of Read More

Recently, the library at Einstein, where I work as a medical librarian, experienced a momentary internet outage. In that instant everything seemed to stop in its tracks. Medical students preparing to take their STEP 1 Board exams couldn’t finish their web-based practice tests. Ph.D. candidates couldn’t download the journal articles they needed in preparation for Read More

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One of the things I most love about the field of nutrition is that it is constantly evolving. There was a time when people with ulcers were instructed to drink small amounts of cream and milk throughout the day to buffer their stomachs against acid and reduce the irritation of the ulcer. Now we know Read More