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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

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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

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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.

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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

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I woke up at 3 a.m. recently worried about Jane, an unvaccinated colleague. Jane is efficient, kind, and compassionate, and she’s wonderful to patients, staff, and students. With the increase in the numbers of the delta variant of COVID-19, I’ve been losing sleep. Most of us in medicine have a little post-traumatic stress from the March/April 2020 COVID-19 surge.   As of the end of June 2021, Jane had been hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine Read More

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EDITORS’ NOTE: The following post was first published at https://junehng.medium.com/ In eighth grade I won an essay contest. It was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the prompt was: “Is Freedom Really Free?” With the help of my older sister, also an immigrant from Hong Kong, I wrote about Hobbes and Locke, about social Read More