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Physician-Scientists: An Endangered Species?

Can excellent scientists be excellent physicians at the same time? “I would like to ask you about a trip to Thailand.” This is not the kind of question I expected from a patient in my…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2154 words)

The Stress of Aging

How do I knock off thirty years from my age? Faust, the protagonist in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous play, poses this question to Mephistopheles in the chapter Hexenküche…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1615 words)

Monday, June 30, 2014

by Jalees Rehman We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3579 words)

A Pacifist at War: An Unlikely Leader's Success in Congo

On a Monday morning in late October, Martin Kobler is sitting in an armored personnel carrier, bumping along National Road No. 2 from Kiwanja to Rutshuru, which is more of a path than a main road. It…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 14, 2013
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1602 words)

The True Price of a Pork Chop

By Susanne Amann, Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Udo Ludwig Germany slaughters 58 million pigs a year and has built an efficient meat industry second only to the US in pork exports. Its optimized…
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5806 words)

Monday, October 14, 2013

by Jalees Rehman Beware of what you share. Employers now routinely utilize internet search engines or social network searches to obtain information about job applicants. A survey of 2,184…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2028 words)

It really does take a village: How Memphis is fixing healthcare

“First and foremost, I give honor to God.”Carole Dickens, a registered nurse, stood before the black congregation at Lakeview Community Temple in Memphis, Tenn., urging them to get a mammogram.…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 3, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4583 words)

Cancer research in crisis: Are the drugs we count on based on bad science?

The cancer researchers Glenn Begley and Lee Ellis made a rather remarkable claim last year. In a commentary that analyzed the dearth of efficacious novel cancer therapies, they revealed that…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1932 words)

“Your fatwa does not apply here”: Muslim artists battle fundamentalism

It is a school play like none I have ever seen, not least because the girls onstage and their parents in the audience could die at any moment just for being here. At the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop’s…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 31, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7317 words)