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So What About That Acrylamide In Your French Fries?

In 2002, scientists reported that acrylamide forms when seemingly healthy carbohydrate-rich foods like potatoes, other root vegetables and...

The war on cancer

Doctors today generally caution against framing malignancy as an enemy that one must personally defeat...
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A Clinical Eye on Abramović

A doctor dissects the MoMA blockbuster...

The Personal Toll Of Practicing Medicine

In this article, I reflect on the circumstances that led me to stop practicing medicine—work...
with Kathy LaTour

Unlocking the Mystery of Cancer Stem Cells

Scientists research whether cancer stem cells are the key to eradicating the disease...

John McCain is a fighter, no question. But can attitude affect cancer?

Language can be a powerful tool in medicine. As with physical remedies, there are potential...

Notes From The ‘Die-In,’ A Demonstration For Metastatic Breast Cancer

Die-in for metastatic breast cancer, Washington DC, October 13, 2015 (photo courtesy of Zachary Parker)...

The Physician Burnout Epidemic: What It Means for Patients and Reform

In a large analysis published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine , researchers at...

The Enduring Clicks of an Ancient Game

Some members of the Manhattan Mah Jongg Club have played for half a century; others...

‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ a Movie About Young Cancer Patients, Does Well

I liked this serious movie, despite all the sentiment and blatant over-use of metaphors. Kids...

Missing Tony Soprano

Over the course of its six groundbreaking seasons on HBO, we discussed every aspect of...

A Call For More Research On Cancer’s Environmental Triggers

No question about cancer is more contentious than its causes...

How Water Aerobics Can Keep You Fit As You Age

Among adults – including millions of baby boomers – water aerobics is becoming a popular...

Chatting With Anne Parker: A Patient’s View On How Cancer Care Has Changed Since The 1960s

Anne Parker’s perspective on cancer care – as a family member, patient and advocate –...

NED, A Vibrant Band Of Doctors Rocking For Women With Cancer

N.E.D. is a doctor’s old shorthand for remission, when there’s No Evidence of Disease. It’s...

Why The Movie About Henrietta Lacks Matters Today

What’s most compelling about the new movie is that it illuminates the patient, Henrietta Lacks...
Scientific American, April 2009

A Chip against Cancer: Microfluidics Spots Circulating Tumor Cells

With an ordinary blood sample, a device can monitor cancerous cells for spread or resistance...

‘The Knick’ Depicts Medical Care In 1900: Doctors, Blood And Incredible Drama

The Knick offers a distorted but rare look at urban medicine in the early 1900s...

Who’s a Survivor?

Survivor seems a strange term for a patient like me, said by her oncologist to...
Lifting the Fog on Chemobrain

Lifting the Fog on Chemobrain

New research helps clarify what chemobrain is and why it happens...