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Blackness, Fear and Health

Blackness, Fear and Health By: Hazael Ajayi, Master of  Biomedical Sciences Candidate 2014, Tufts University School of Medicine   You heard of driving while black but have you heard of exercising while black? You can run, but you cannot hide from how the awareness of blackness can have an impact on health.  A few weeks […]

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE – Michael Harrell, MD Candidate at Boston University School of Medicine

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE – Michael Harrell, MD Candidate at Boston University School of Medicine

   Michael Harrell was born in a small, country town in Texas, named Huntsville.  It is about 45 minutes from Houston. His mother met his father while she was working at a McDonald’s that he was managing.  They got married, produced Michael, and were divorced soon thereafter. Michael has a sister who is 5 years […]

HPV Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Black Women: Study

HPV Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Black Women: Study

Black women may get less protection than whites from the vaccines recommended for preventing human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, a new study suggests. The currently available vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, don’t target the types of HPV infection found most often in black women, the study authors said. Experts have long believed that most […]

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

Breast cancer kills when rogue tumor cells spread through the bloodstream, squeezing through microscopic gaps to inundate organs until they fail. But what if that spread could be prevented, the cells left free-floating to be crushed in capillaries or to self-destruct instead? A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, joined by entrepreneurs and […]

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

CONGRESS is often compared to pre-K, which seems defamatory of small children. But the similarities also offer hope, because an initiative that should be on the top of the national agenda has less to do with the sequester than with the A.B.C.’s and Big Bird. Growing mountains of research suggest that the best way to […]

New surgery intern reflects on first month: ‘The hardest 31 days of my life’

New surgery intern reflects on first month: ‘The hardest 31 days of my life’

My first day as a surgery intern scared me half to death. I walked out of the hospital wondering how I would survive a year, let alone care for my patients. I arrived at 6 a.m., ready to shadow the intern I was going to replace. He was in the trauma bay helping resuscitate a […]

Should Medical School Last Just 3 Years?

Should Medical School Last Just 3 Years?

Sandwiched between three mind-numbing years of basic science courses and hospital rotations and the lockdown years of residency training, the fourth year of medical school has long been a welcome respite for future doctors. It is the only time in their medical education when students have few requirements and a plethora of elective course offerings […]

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

For decades, people seeking an HIV test have been counseled on realistic and achievable steps they could take to avoid infection. But a national study led by Miller School investigators has determined that, given the rapid HIV tests available today, the resources devoted to pre-test counseling would be better spent on universal testing that could detect more HIV cases earlier, and […]

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

Patient assistance programs make it more likely that breast cancer patients will get additional treatments after they have surgery, and receive other kinds of support, a new study finds. These recommended additional — or “adjuvant” — therapies include radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal treatments. “Doctors have been frustrated by data showing that perhaps as many as […]

Finding Dr. Right: New Survey Reveals Word of Mouth the Most Used Resource When Looking for a Physician

Finding Dr. Right: New Survey Reveals Word of Mouth the Most Used Resource When Looking for a Physician

New research released today by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) reveals that 1 in 3 adults have switched or dropped their primary care physician in the past five years and that having no health insurance is the most common reason for not seeing a physician. However, these trends may change as an estimated 30 million […]