Monkeypox, COVID, and Racism
Monkeypox, COVID, and Racism

With viruses dominating headlines, it is no surprise that the latest Monkeypox outbreak garners headlines. But the way we cover this outbreak reveals a latent racism in health journalism.

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Psychologists Should Talk Publicly about Their Own Mental Illnesses
Psychologists Should Talk Publicly about Their Own Mental Illnesses

This culture of silence is counter to what psychologists know to be true about battling stigma: that talking openly about mental health can help reduce stigma and encourage others to seek help.

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How Robert Langer Failed Repeatedly But Kept Going
How Robert Langer Failed Repeatedly But Kept Going

His theory was that if you could stop blood vessels maybe that would be a new way to stop cancer. To solve this problem we had to deliver large molecules to the body through tiny particles.

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When it Comes to the Rarest of Diseases, the Diagnosis is not the Answer
When it Comes to the Rarest of Diseases, the Diagnosis is not the Answer

Moments like this – a long-awaited answer that is met with more bewilderment than relief – are not uncommon in the practice of medical genetics. Most people expect that after a long, frustrating search, finding the underlying diagnosis will provide answers and a path forward. But sometimes, in cases like Sally’s, the answer simply begets more questions.

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Patient Perceptions Affect Health Insurance Pricing
Patient Perceptions Affect Health Insurance Pricing

Health insurances set premiums based on assumptions in patient behavior. When that behavior becomes subjective, health insurances should then include patient perceptions in the pricing model.

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An Economic Crisis of Chronic Illnesses
An Economic Crises of Chronic Illnesses

We know medical costs lead to personal debt. Yet we continue adding to the costs, treating patients more and more. We must shift how we address costs – not as debt, but as decreased productivity.

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Do You Need a Second Booster Shot?
Do You Need a Second Booster Shot

People ages 50 years and older and certain immunocompromised individuals who are at higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization and death are eligible four months after receiving the initial booster shot.

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A Comment on the CDC’s Commentary
A Comment on the CDC's Commentary

For two months, the CDC allowed public comments on its draft revision of the opioid prescribing guidelines. They reveal that the guidelines are defined by what has been left out.

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Do We Really Know What a Million COVID-19 Deaths Mean?
Do We Really Know What a Million COVID-19 Deaths Mean?

For most people, visualizing what a million of anything looks like is an impossible task. The human brain just isn’t built to comprehend such large numbers.

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Even after Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes
Even after Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we found that more than 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported probable depression in both spring 2020 and spring 2021.

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The Fight Over Inoculation During the 1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic
The Fight Over Inoculation During the 1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic

Although inoculations were themselves a risky practice and carried a not-insignificant health risk, this data demonstrates that inoculations were significantly less fatal than the naturally occurring virus.


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