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Foreground of hand holding bottle labeled COVID-19 vaccine, with young blond woman in background in soft focus

Don’t rush to take the Russian coronavirus vaccine—or the first U.S. vaccine, for that matter. I am an infectious-diseases specialist and a virologist by training. I’m also a very strong advocate of the use of vaccination to prevent bacterial and viral infection. Since 1796, when the first cowpox vaccine was introduced to protect against smallpox, no medical Read More

People wearing masks to prevent COVID spread casting votes

At this moment, parents of school-age children are a focal point of the struggle in the United States against COVID-19. Debates over whether to open schools have now evolved into questions of how schools will function, technology challenges, income disparities, and what the health risks are for students, teachers, staff, and families. The entire situation Read More

Liise-Anne Pirofski, M.D., talks to Theresa Madaline, M.D.

In early March, the surge in COVID-19 cases made the Bronx the epicenter of the global pandemic. The critical months that followed would shape not only the delivery of healthcare in New York, but around the country and world. Montefiore and Einstein physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals were central to that effort. Now, as Read More

Families at Rare Disease Day Event at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The first family arrived at Einstein around 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday in February. Despite having taken an eight-hour flight from Surrey in southeast England, its members were bright-eyed, spirited, and filled with hope. They entered the Price Building, excited finally to meet the families with whom they had shared their many successes, anecdotes, and Read More

Female doctor helping patient down hallway

So, just what is physiatry (fizz-EYE-ah-tree)? Psychiatry? No. Physical therapy? No. This is a common query. You might know physiatry better by some of its other names. It’s known officially as physical medicine and rehabilitation, or PM&R; some casually refer to us as “rehab doctors.” As a fourth-year medical student entering the field, I have Read More

Man with sleeve rolled up awaiting medical injection

Experts in infectious disease and public health warn that the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for a long time unless a vaccine becomes available soon, which is not likely. Estimates of how long it will take for an effective vaccine to come to market range from 12 to 18 months or longer. This situation Read More