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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

High rates of suicide in medicine call for awareness and action

Last December, the world was shocked when a young surgeon in Texas shot and killed his two young children and then himself. His family acknowledged in a painfully honest obituary that after years of battling anxiety, severe depression, and addiction, Christopher Chad Dawson did “the unimaginable.” His widow also wrote, “He fought to get out of the deep, deep hole he was in but was afraid of the repercussion on his career if he were to get professional help.”Read More

With no cure in sight, ODs may be able to make an impact through patient education and early detection

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to rise to as much as 16 million by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. One in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.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