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EDITORS’ NOTE: The following post first appeared in The Conversation. Social ballroom dancing can improve cognitive functions and reduce brain atrophy in older adults who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That’s the key finding of my team’s recently published study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. In our study, we Read more

EDITORS’ NOTE: The following post first appeared earlier this year in Psychiatric News, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association. Recent months have brought more anguish to this country. We have lost good and generous neighbors shopping for groceries in Buffalo. Teachers and young children celebrating the end of a school year in Uvalde, Texas, have been Read more

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”  So wrote John Donne in 1642. While we might want to update this statement by saying “No person is an island,” and while this was intended to point out people’s dependencey on others, there Read more

Medical educatior in white coat. She sits with students on either side of her. Foreground is back of two students heads.

EDITORS’ NOTE: The following post first appeared in MedPage Today. The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will undoubtedly restrict the reproductive healthcare that many physicians can provide. Critically, it will also threaten the clinical knowledge and skills of the next generation of physicians. As medical students, we firmly believe that any comprehensive reproductive health Read more

Woman doctor consults with young woman patient

On the popular medical TV drama House, M.D., the more mysterious and puzzling the presentation of the patient, the more likely a diagnosis of lupus would be considered. So much so that there are still T-shirts for sale on Amazon bearing the face of Dr. House, accompanied by the catchphrase, “It is NOT lupus.” Unfortunately Read more

EDITORS’ NOTE: The following post first appeared in The Conversation. “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we finally have an answer for you.” The couple, whose real names we are protecting for privacy, looked at me anxiously. I had been evaluating their young daughter, Sally, in my role as a medical geneticist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Read more