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Doctors cut through the gun control and mental health debates to do what they do best: keep patients safe

South Florida doctor Heather Sher has seen things no one should ever have to see. As a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the country for 13 years, she is no stranger to gun injuries. But as one of the attending physicians for victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, she was confronted with a CT scan she couldn’t make sense of.Read More

FDA approves new treatment that restores vision in patients with congenital blindness

In December, the FDA made history by approving a gene therapy for a rare inherited eye disease that causes blindness. This is the first gene therapy to be cleared in the U.S. for treatment of the eye or any inherited disease. And it’s only the third gene therapy approved for use in the U.S.; the other two therapies to gain approval earlier in 2017 treat blood cancers.Read More

The subtler ways racism impacts health—and why that’s everyone’s problem to solve

Most of us in this country have become painfully aware that racism and discrimination did not disappear after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Violent events like the deadly clash at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville make headlines, but racism shows up in much subtler ways, too. Troubling evidence shows that discrimination—even unconscious bias—is linked to poor health care and even death in minority populations. Can this injustice be fixed?Read More

No more secrets: the outpouring of victims’ stories has impacted every profession, including medicine

We’re in the midst of a movement no one wanted to be a part of. This moment was “borne of a very real and potent sense of unrest,” stated TIME in its Person of the Year issue. In a surprising but timely move, the magazine chose as this year’s “person” a group of women, and a few men, who have come forward to speak about their sexual harassment and abuse. They have been dubbed “The Silence Breakers.” Read More