What does it mean to be a scientist? This is a question I have struggled with for quite a long time. As a young and somewhat naïve undergraduate student, I used to think that the simple act of coming to the bench and designing and performing (sometimes beautiful, but quite often clumsy) experiments was a Read More
Attention-grabbing headlines suggest that our crucial COVID-19 pandemic tools—monoclonal antibodies and vaccines—are incompatible. Beyond the controversy rests an evidence-based reality: monoclonal antibodies and vaccines are complementary aspects of patient care. Both are powerful interventions that can prevent hospitalizations and deaths from this virus. After weeks of declining cases and hospitalizations, the United States is experiencing Read More
Editor’s Note: November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, so we asked Neel Chudgar, M.D., assistant professor of cardiothoracic & vascular surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a cancer surgeon at Montefiore, and a member of the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center, about recent advances in lung cancer prevention and his new grant to conduct research Read More
As a pediatric infectious-disease specialist and primary-care physician, I encounter a barrage of medical questions and misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. As a vaccine advocate, I’ve gone to great lengths to keep abreast of the dizzying array of new data on these subjects. I’ve boiled down the need for vaccinations to this: “Protect yourself, your Read More
By announcing breakthrough infections as if they are unexpected and represent vaccine failure, we are doing our COVID-19 vaccines and the public a huge disservice.
A recent episode revives a long-standing debate over the ethics of research involving placebos. As reported in the Washington Post and discussed at length in an article published in Science, a multicenter clinical study supported by the National Institutes of Health and conducted at major medical centers in the United States involved children with asthma Read More