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Doctors as Trusted Advisors

Doctors do three basic things. In their role as healers, they make decisions, they do procedures and they communicate with patients as a source of information and guidance.

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Fighting for the Common Ground of Better Diet

This past week the world recognized the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that marked the slow beginning of the painful but triumphant end to World War II. Many of us doubtless looked back with pride and appreciation, even as we looked around with rueful sadness, regret, and perhaps shame. The divisive forces of demagoguery, isolationism, xenophobia, and selfish myopia that own this moment are a flagrant disservice to that one.

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NHS: A view from Across the Pond

During a recent trip to the UK and Ireland, I visited some NHS leaders, startup entrepreneurs, those involved in the privately insured market and, of course, ordinary folks befuddled about all things Brexit.

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The Importance of Hi-Res Clinical Data

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) remain the trusted standard for assessing an experimental medicine’s safety and efficacy in pharmaceutical development.

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UC Berkeley Study Shows CRISPR Babies have Higher Death Risk

Today researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) released a study in Nature Medicine that shows an estimated 21 percent increase in mortality rate in individuals with the CCR5-∆32 mutation—demonstrating the potential lethal outcome of the human germline editing by a Chinese scientist last year.

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Diet Is a Vital Sign

In medicine, vital signs measure what is truly vital to health. The formal definitions vary but all point in the same general direction: key indicators of health and physical condition, related to essential body functions. The most standard and time-honored list includes body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. 

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Are Virtual and Remote Clinical Trials Dead?

I don’t think ‘virtual’ and ‘remote’ clinical trials are dead in the ideological sense, but maybe it’s time we retire those catchphrases to move beyond the hype. Let me explain.