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The “Fauci Effect” May Boost a Hard-Pressed Specialty in Medicine

In the pandemic year of 2020, applications to medical schools in the United States surged by an average of 18%, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. At a few med schools, applications were up by 20%, 30% and more. Observers were quick to anoint this trend as the pandemic effect or, more precisely,…
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Private Practitioners Left Out of COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts, Despite High Risk

When COVID-19 vaccines became available for physicians in December 2020, Howard Green, a Florida dermatologist in his early 60s, waited to hear about his vaccination appointment from a Tenet Healthcare hospital he’s affiliated with. But the call never came. Green wasn’t placed on the high-priority list, despite performing Mohs surgeries, which involve removing microscopic skin…
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The Man Who Saved the World With Vaccines

In the spring of 1957, American microbiologist Maurice Hilleman read an article in The New York Times that left him greatly alarmed. “It said that there were all these children taken into dispensaries in Hong Kong, twenty thousand people lined up,” he said, describing the hospital scene in China in an interview years later. “My…
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Kitchen on Call: Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-Fry for the Busy Doctor

One thing I learned as a single dad raising twin daughters, while working full-time as a marketing executive, was that dinnertime meals had to be quick, healthy and come with lunch-ready leftovers. And the easiest, best way I found to make those meals was making use of a carbon steel wok. While you can certainly…
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Doctors Are ‘Guardedly Optimistic’ About 2021

Last year was “brutal, exhilarating, terrifying, awesome, and ultimately grueling” for Jonathan Golob, assistant professor of infectious disease at the University of Michigan. Around Easter, he volunteered to be part of a team handling surge capacity for the hospital’s respiratory intensive care cases, as doctors were still learning how to care for patients and effectively…
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Kitchen on Call: New Year’s Eve Bubbles for the Busy Doctor

This New Year’s Eve will be different than our previous ones. It will be intimate and essentially about refuge and reflection as we spend it in solitude or safely celebrate with our own households. Bubbles — champagnes and sparkling beverages — are forever tied to celebrations, no matter the size of the gathering. Picking the…
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How Doctors Are Treating COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Nine months into the pandemic, it’s become clear that the effects of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 can last beyond the acute illness. Among COVID-19 patients 18 to 35 years old who were previously in good health, as many as 20% experience prolonged symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. Complaints among so-called long-haulers include…
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Kitchen on Call: Well-Deserved Holiday Cocktails for the Busy Doctor

In the whirlwind of the holidays, especially after the year most docs have had, it’s important to take time to wind down and enjoy the season. Wrapping yourself in a favorite wool blanket, donning cozy loungewear and sitting by a fireplace (if you’re fortunate enough to have one) all help, but a winter cocktail can…
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Fail-Proof Gifts for the Physician Who Has Everything

This has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone, but especially for doctors working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those whose medical specialties did not bring them into contact with COVID-19 patients have been strained, too, by the emotional and economic stress of the past nine months. “A lot of people are seeing…
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Kitchen on Call: Quick Guide to Hanukkah Wines for the Busy Doctor

Gatherings to celebrate the eight days of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, typically center on several traditional dishes, including latkes (potato and onion fritters), sweet noodle kugel, brisket and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). For those who wish to serve wine to family and friends, certain varietals pair nicely with some of the beloved holiday’s traditional dishes. Here’s…
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Eight Medical Treatments We Now Know to Be Poisonous

Humans have sought to prevent and treat disease since time immemorial. But it’s only relatively recently that scientists and doctors have developed the means to better pinpoint the causes of disease and test the efficacy of remedies. For centuries, physicians and healers around the world often prescribed treatments that not only didn’t help but actually…
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How Architects and Designers Are Rethinking Healthcare Facilities After COVID-19

When it comes to the playbook for architects who specialize in designing healthcare facilities, COVID-19 came like a wrecking ball. The years-long migration to fewer private offices and more collaborative workspaces? The friendly trend of checking patients in without a desk? The vast multispecialty clinics, with common areas meant for lingering? Gone, gone and gone.…
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Medics Express High Hopes for Joe Biden’s New Task Force

When Julie Graves, a family medicine doctor at Nurx, a women’s health telemedicine company, first looked at President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, she felt a sense of relief. A former adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health who had worked with Houston health officials on the Ebola preparedness effort, she…

U.S. Supply of COVID-19 Therapeutics Seems Stable, for Now

In September, as doctors prepared for a fall and winter COVID-19 surge across the U.S., they sounded alarms about inadequate supplies of the antiviral medication remdesivir to treat their patients. But that supply concern seems to have been addressed: Gilead, remdesivir’s U.S. manufacturer, confirmed that they are “meeting real-time, global demand” in an email to…
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