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JAMA Medical News

Discussions of timely topics in clinical medicine, biomedical sciences, public health, and health policy.

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November 2020 Medical News Summary

Could Frequent Testing Help Squelch COVID-19?; Nursing Homes’ Next Test—Vaccinating Workers Against COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2 Testing Hesitancy Could Hamper Mitigation Efforts

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Live from AHA 2020: Highlights from the American Heart Association’s Virtual Scientific Sessions

JAMA Medical News comes to you live from the American Heart Association’s first-ever virtual Scientific Sessions conference. Host Jennifer Abbasi chats with conference chair and AHA president-elect Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, about this year’s hottest clinical trials and themes: fish oil vs corn oil placebo for primary or secondary prevention; Polycap polypill with or without aspirin for primary prevention; statins, side effects, and the nocebo effect; ferric carboxymaltose iron infusion in acute heart failure; omecamtiv mecarbil, a novel cardiac myosin activator, in HFrEF; sotagliflozin, an SGLT2/1 inhibitor, in diabetes with recent worsening heart failure or in diabetes and chronic kidney disease; MINOCA’s underlying cause in women; rilonacept, an IL-1α and IL-1β Trap, in recurrent pericarditis; COVID-19’s cardiovascular effects, risk factors, and racial/ethnic disparities.
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October 2020 Medical News Summary

Large Meta-analysis Digs Into Obesity’s COVID-19 Risks; As Their Numbers Grow, COVID-19 “Long Haulers” Stump Experts; Telephone Visits Surge During the Pandemic, but Will They Last?
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Digging Into Obesity’s COVID-19 Risks

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill nutrition scholar Barry Popkin, PhD, and JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi discuss new findings on obesity and COVID-19. Popkin is the lead author of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the topic that was published recently in Obesity Reviews. He is a distinguished professor in the department of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
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September 2020 Medical News Summary

What Happens When COVID-19 Collides With Flu Season?; Flu Vaccination Urged During COVID-19 Pandemic; COVID-19 and mRNA Vaccines—First Large Test for a New Approach
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The Science of Persuasion Offers Lessons for COVID-19 Prevention

Science communications expert Dominique Brossard, PhD, and JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi discuss research-based strategies to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Brossard is a professor and chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and part of a new COVID-19-focused National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine group.
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August 2020 Medical News Summary

Researchers Strive to Recruit Hard-Hit Minorities Into COVID-19 Vaccine Trials; Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19, Health Inequities, and Racism; From Auto Mechanic to Emergency Medicine Resident: Inspiring Young Blacks to Become Physicians
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Carl Allamby, MD, Shifts Gears from Repairing Cars to Graduating Medical School at Age 47

Carl Allamby, MD, discusses his circuitous route from long-time auto repair shop owner to emergency medicine resident with JAMA Medical News Senior Writer Rita Rubin. Growing up in Cleveland, Allamby never saw physicians who looked like him, but an introductory biology course required for his undergraduate business degree sparked a long dormant dream of becoming a physician.
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July 2020 Medical News Summary

School Superintendents Confront COVID-19—“There Are No Good Options for Next Year”; Social Isolation—the Other COVID-19 Threat in Nursing Homes; COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on Medical Practices
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Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19, Health Inequities, and Racism

Chicago public health legend and retired physician Linda Rae Murray, MD, discusses systemic racism and the pandemic’s disproportionate effect among African Americans and other people of color with JAMA Medical News Associate Managing Editor Jennifer Abbasi. Dr Murray is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a past president of the American Public Health Association.
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June 2020 Medical News Summary

Latin America and Its Global Partners Toil to Procure Medical Supplies as COVID-19 Pushes the Region to Its Limit; “Abandoned” Nursing Homes Continue to Face Critical Supply and Staff Shortages as COVID-19 Toll Has Mounted; Exposing Volunteers to SARS-CoV-2 to Hasten a COVID-19 Vaccine
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The Promise and Pitfalls of AI in Medicine

JAMA’s Angel Desai, MD, speaks with Gary Marcus, PhD, coauthor of Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust. Marcus argues that endowing machines with intelligence will require innovation that embraces the complexity of the real world. Plus: How can AI be used during COVID-19?
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May 2020 Medical News Summary

Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19; Prioritizing Physician Mental Health as COVID-19 Marches On; Global Effort to Collect Data on Ventilated Patients With COVID-19
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Prioritizing Physician Mental Health as COVID-19 Marches On

The University of New Mexico's Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, speaks with JAMA's Jennifer Abbasi about the pandemic's mental and emotional toll on health care workers—and how they and their employers can safeguard their well-being.
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April 2020 Medical News Summary

Finding Ways to Reduce Coronavirus Exposure During Dialysis; The Promise and Peril of Antibody Testing for COVID-19; The Challenge of Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Correctional Facilities
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Pandemic Part 2: A Trip to Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum

A new exhibit on the 1918 flu pandemic asks: What is an individual’s responsibility to their community during a pandemic? Exhibit curator Jane Boyd and museum manager Nancy Hill take Jennifer Abbasi on a tour of the medical museum’s new exhibit just weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak first emerged.
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Pandemic Part 1: 1918 Flu Pandemic and COVID-19

Medical historian Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the University of Michigan’s Center for the History of Medicine, speaks with JAMA Fishbein fellow Angel Desai, MD, about lessons from the devastating 1918 flu pandemic. Markel discusses his research into the effects of social distancing on US death rates during the worldwide outbreak.
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March 2020 Medical News Summary

Fixing the Parent Trap for Resident Physicians; Confirmatory Trial For Drug to Prevent Preterm Birth Finds No Benefit, So Why Is It Still Prescribed?; The Low-FODMAP Diet Helps IBS Symptoms, but Questions Remain
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Risk Uncertain From Sunscreen Ingredients in Blood

David Strauss, MD, PhD, of the FDA talks with Jennifer Abbasi about his recent studies in JAMA investigating sunscreen safety.
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February 2020 Medical News Summary

Taking Medicine to the Streets to Care for Those Who Live There; Trauma-Informed Care May Ease Patient Fear, Clinician Burnout
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Coronavirus and Beyond: Responding to Biological Threats

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak exemplifies ongoing biothreats to global security, as each new threat tests principles of preparation and response at national, regional, and clinical levels. Tom Inglesby, MD, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses biosecurity with Angel Desai, MD, JAMA Fishbein fellow.
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December Medical News Summary

JAMA Network Articles of the Year 2019, Cannabidiol Products, Heritage Diets and Culturally Appropriate Dietary Advice, Cancer Risk Among People With Psoriasis
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Live from AHA, Part 1: Highlights from the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions

JAMA Medical News is coming to you live from the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference in Philadelphia. In this episode, host Jennifer Abbasi chats with conference chair Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, about this year's hottest topics and clinical trials.
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Live from AHA, Part 2: The American Heart Association Takes on Vaping

JAMA Medical News is coming to you live from the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference in Philadelphia. This year’s conference included a timely topic: the e-cigarette epidemic in youth. Host Jennifer Abbasi interviews Rose Marie Robertson, MD, the AHA’s deputy chief science and medical officer, about the latest epidemiological data, what the science says about e-cigarettes, and what the AHA is doing to counter the vaping trend in youth.
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November Medical News Summary

Firearms and Dementia, New Center for Psychedelic Research, Older Patients in Cancer Clinical Trials, Knowledge Gaps in Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Universal Flu Vaccine and More in Medical News.
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Philanthropists Fund Johns Hopkins Center for Study of Psychedelics

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin speaks with Roland Griffiths, PhD, about the use of psychedelics as potential therapies for neurological and mental health disorders and to better understand the mind.
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October Medical News Summary

Biomarker-Based PTSD Screening, Cardiovascular Corner, Stopping Cancer Screening in Older Adults, Subconcussive Football Hits, Easing Contraceptive Access, Prescription Drug Costs, and More in Medical News.
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Firearms and Dementia: “A Big Deal and a Tough Issue”

In this Medical News podcast, Rebecca Voelker speaks with emergency physician Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, about safety issues concerning people with dementia who own or live in a home with firearms.
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JAMA Medical News Summary for September 2019

Studying the Adolescent Brain, A New form of Dementia, Advances in Type 1 Diabetes Research, Telemedicine for Opioid Use Disorder, Vacations and Metabolic Syndrome, Modest Calorie Reduction for Cardiometabolic Health, and More in JAMA Medical News.
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JAMA Medical News Summary for August 2019

Cardiac Rehab, 13 Reasons Why and Youth Suicides, Peanut Oral Immunotherapy, Social Media and Medicine, Herpes Zoster Opthalmica, Mindfulness for Surgeons, Steps and Mortality and More in JAMA Medical News.
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Type 1 Diabetes Advances Pave the Way for Prevention

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi discusses recent advances in type 1 diabetes with Yale’s Kevan Herold, MD, and gets a patient perspective on the illness.
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With Neuroimaging, Large NIH Study Could Shine a Light on the Adolescent Brain

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews the director of the ABCD study, Gaya Dowling, PhD, about this long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States.
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Getting Social: Physicians Need to Counteract Misinformation Online

This Medical News podcast discusses the value of social media for health care.
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JAMA Medical News Summary for July 2019

Scam Awareness and Dementia Risk, Cardiovascular Corner, Wild Health, Palliative Care Practices, Talking About Death, Vitamin C Drug Cocktail for Sepsis, Appendix and Parkinson Disease Risk, and More in JAMA Medical News.
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New Guidelines Aim to Expand Palliative Care Beyond Specialists

This Medical News podcast discusses how all physicians who treat seriously ill patients can integrate palliative care into their practices.
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JAMA Medical News Summary for June 2019

Opioid Prescribing Limits, TMAO and Heart Disease, Diversity in Public Health Schools, Sufentanil for the Battlefield, Menthol Cigarettes, Catch-up Sleep, Interval Training for Fat Loss, 'Broken Heart' Syndrome, and More in JAMA Medical News.
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Low Awareness of Scammers’ Tactics Linked to Dementia Risk in Cognitively Normal People

Q & A with Patricia Boyle, PhD: Susceptibility to Scammers Might Signify Increased Risk of Dementia
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JAMA Medical News Summary (May 2019): High Fiber Diet Benefits, Arts and Medical Education, Skipping Breakfast, Wilderness Medicine, Eggs and CVD, and more

High Fiber Diet Benefits, Arts and Medical Education, Skipping Breakfast, Wilderness Medicine, Eggs and CVD, Multiple Symptoms in Older Adults, Allergenic Inactive Ingredients, and more in JAMA Medical News.
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Study Puts Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol Back on the Radar

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi speaks with the author of a recent study in JAMA that looked at the association between dietary cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
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Unpacking A Recent Study Linking Diet Soda With Stroke Risks

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, PhD, RD, who studied the association of artificially sweetened beverages with cardiovascular disease and mortality in women.
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Dr Schrier Goes to Congress as Second Woman Physician

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin interviews the second woman physician to serve in US Congress.
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JAMA Medical News Summary (March 2019): Housing Programs, Glioblastoma Sex Differences, Medicine’s Weight Bias, Nonsugar Sweeteners and Health, Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, and More

Housing programs for the homeless, glioblastoma sex differences, medicine’s weight bias, nonsugar sweeteners and health, post–intensive care syndrome, adult food allergies, eczema in the elderly, and more in JAMA Medical News.
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Paradise’s Emergency Department Director Recalls California’s Worst Wildfire

In this Medical News podcast, an emergency physician describes his experiences during last November’s Camp Fire, one California’s worst wildfires.
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JAMA Medical News Summary (February 2019): Corporal Punishment, Eating Insects, New Planned Parenthood President, Questioning Probiotics, Congenital Syphilis, Cholesterol Guidelines and more

AAP's Statement on Corporal Punishment, Eating Insects, New President of Planned Parenthood, Questioning Probiotics, Congenital Syphilis, New Cholesterol Guidelines, and more in JAMA Medical News.
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JAMA Medical News Summary (January 2019): Black Lung Disease Resurgence, Nobel Peace Prize, "This Is Our Lane", Advancements in Cancer Immunotherapy, Curbing STIs, and more

Black Lung Disease Resurgence, Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Patients Inspire, 'This Is Our Lane', Advancements in Cancer Immunotherapy, Harassment and Assault and Women's Health, Curbing the Swelling Tide of STIs, and more in Medical News
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New Planned Parenthood President: No Politics in the Exam Room

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Leana Wen, MD, the new president of Planned Parenthood.
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American Academy of Pediatrics Says No More Spanking or Harsh Verbal Discipline

In this Medical News Podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Robert Sege, MD, PhD, coauthor of the recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on corporal punishment for children.
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Sexual Harassment and Assault Associated With Poorer Midlife Health in Women

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Rebecca Thurston, PhD, about her recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which found that sexual harassment and assault were associated with poorer midlife health in women.
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JAMA Medical News Summary (December 2018): JAMA Network Articles of the Year, Seasonal Flu Vaccine Timing, Dietary Dairy Fats and Health, Human Placenta Project, and more

Feyza Sancar, PhD, Director of JAMA Medical News, summarizes news content appearing in the December 2018 issues of JAMA.
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Physicians Are Steering the Conversation About Gun Violence

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin interviews Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, one of the leading voices in the “This Is Our Lane” movement, discussing the role of physicians and other health care professionals in addressing firearm violence as a public health issue.
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For Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Denis Mukwege, His Patients Motivate and Inspire

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin interviews Dr. Denis Mukwege, cowinner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Human Placenta

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin interviews the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development about its Human Placenta Project.
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JAMA Medical News and Perspectives Roundup for November 2018

Feyza Sancar, PhD, Director of JAMA Medical News and Perspectives, summarizes news content appearing in the November 2018 issues of JAMA.
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For Difficult-to-Model Brain Diseases, Brain Organoids Come to the Rescue

This Medical News podcast discusses brain organoids, their research and clinical potential and ethical implications.
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Have Tent, Will Do Pop-Up HIV Screening

In this Medical News podcast, Rita Rubin interviews the founders of One Tent Health, a nonprofit free HIV screening initiative that serves high-risk neighborhoods in Washington, DC.
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Vulnerability to Pandemic Flu Could Be Greater Today Than a Century Ago

In this Medical News podcast, infectious disease threats expert Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, discusses how the United States and the rest of the world may fare if another 1918-like influenza epidemic strikes.
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Cardiologist Trades Stem Cells for Cell-Based Meat

Beef and poultry grown from animal cells rather than sourced from whole animals could be the future of meat production, a cardiologist-turned-biotech entrepreneur says in this Medical News podcast.
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Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico: A Physician Looks Back at the Storm

In this Medical News Podcast, Dr. Myriam Allende-Vigo, an endocrinologist practicing in Humacao, Puerto Rico, talks about her experiences caring for patients during and after last year's devastating storm.
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Anthony Fauci, MD: Working to End HIV/AIDS

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi speaks with Dr Anthony Fauci about the progress and future goals toward eliminating HIV/AIDS.
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"Is There a Doctor on the Plane?"

In this Medical News podcast, frequent traveler Rachel Zang, MD, talks about her experiences helping ill patients aboard commercial airline flights and discusses what physicians should know about in-flight medical emergencies.
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Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD: Developing Prescribable Video Games

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi speaks with Dr. Adam Gazzaley about his work developing a video game-based therapy for pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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Framingham at 70: What We’ve Learned About Women and Heart Disease

In this Medical News Podcast, Rebecca Voelker interviews Daniel Levy, MD, director of the Framingham Heart Study, about women’s participation during the study's 70-year history.
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Training Physicians About Nutrition

In this Medical News Podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews cardiologist Stephen Devries, MD, about an institute that educates doctors about healthful eating.
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Researching Nondrug Approaches to Pain Management

In this Medical News podcast, Jennifer Abbasi interviews Yale University professor Robert Kerns, PhD, about nondrug approaches to pain management and the National Institutes of Health-Department of Defense-Veterans Affairs pain management collaboration.
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ASO Therapy: Hope for Genetic Neurological Diseases

In this Medical News podcast, JAMA Associate Editor Christopher Muth, MD, discusses the use of antisense oligonucleotide therapies for treatment of neurological diseases with Stefan Pulst, MD, Chairman of Neurology at the University of Utah.
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The Human Diagnosis Project

Interview with Shantanu Nundy, MD, about a new way for physicians to collaborate on cases online
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New Inroads Against Multiple Sclerosis

This Medical News podcast discusses recent advances in therapeutic treatments for multiple sclerosis
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Ketamine-Like Agents for Depression

In this Medical News podcast, we discuss the use of ketamine and ketamine-like agents for treatment-resistant depression with psychiatrist Carlos A. Zarate Jr, MD.
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Phage Therapy for Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

This Medical News podcast discusses how bacteriophage therapy might help fight antibiotic-resistant infections.
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The Human Cell Atlas

This podcast discusses an international project to map all cell types and states in the human body.
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Robots Help Patients Change Behaviors

This podcast discusses the development of socially assistive robots for patient rehabilitation and training. Related article: Socially Assistive Robots Help Patients Make Behavioral Changes
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JAMA Medical News: The Nature of Lung Microbiome Research

This podcast discusses the latest research into the workings of the lung microbiome and how it will affect future diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases. Related article: The Lung Microbiome: Key to Respiratory Ills?
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Barry Marshall, MD: H pylori 35 Years Later

This Medical News podcast features an interview with Barry Marshall, MD, who codiscovered the stomach bug H pylori in 1982.
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Alzheimer Outlook Far From Bleak

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, of Harvard University, and Berislav Zlokovic, MD, PhD, of the University of Southern California, discuss what the future holds for Alzheimer Disease research and treatment.
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NIH Charts a Path for Nutrition Science

Interview with Jennifer Abbasi, author of NIH Charts a Path for Nutrition Science
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Pioneering Geneticist Explains Ambitious Plan to "Write" the Human Genome

This Medical News podcast discusses the Human Genome Project-write with Harvard geneticist, George Church, PhD.
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On CDC's 70th Anniversary, Director Tom Frieden, MD, Looks Ahead

This Medical News podcast features a Q&A with CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, commemorating the agency’s historic 70th anniversary. The interview was recorded on August 8th, 2016.
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Threat From Colistin-Resistant Superbug

Interview with Barbara E. Murray, MD, author of Infectious Disease Expert Sees Threat From Colistin-Resistant Superbug
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HIV and Transplantation: New Reasons for HOPE

Interview with Dorry Segev, MD, PhD, author of HIV and Transplantation: New Reasons for HOPE
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Quelling Zika Fears With Evidence

Christine Curry, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami, discusses the challenges of keeping pregnant patients and her colleagues well-informed of the facts as Zika virus fears circulate.
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Doing Field Work With Doctors Without Borders

Adi Nadimpalli, MD, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Head of Mission in Nepal, and the former vice president of the US board of directors, talks about MSF’s mission and the challenges he has faced serving in countries where access to health care is insufficient or strained due to natural or manmade disasters, violent conflicts, epidemics, and population displacement.
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Donald M. Berwick Reflects on Medicare at 50

Medicare at 50: Reflections From Former CMS Administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD
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Interview with Harold Varmus, MD

Harold Varmus, MD, former director of the National Cancer Institute, talks about his career and his ideas for improving the biomedical research enterprise.
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