With New Majority, Here’s What Democrats Can (and Can’t) Do on Health Care

Reducing drug prices The Democratic House’s other big recent health bill was an effort to lower the prices of certain expensive prescription drugs. Lowering drug prices has been a Democratic policy priority for many years, and one that Mr. Biden endorses, at least in general. President Trump has championed legislation on drug prices as well,…

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A Very Different ‘52 Places’

At this time of year The Times’s Travel desk usually publishes its lavish “52 Places to Go” list, a compendium of suggestions for the destinations that are especially worth visiting in the coming year, accompanied by showstopping photography. But in this pandemic year, creating our usual list was out of the question. For one thing,…

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The Covid Balancing Act for Doctors

My wife’s parents have led a relatively monastic existence since about mid-March. Both are in their 80s and live independently in rural Pennsylvania, maintaining a three-acre property by themselves. My father-in-law, the older of the two, has skirted major medical problems despite a decades-long indiscriminate diet, a testimony to the triumph of genetics over lifestyle…

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Swimming With My Shirt Off

When I was 13, going to public pools was painful. I loved the water, but I was convinced that dozens of judging eyes were on me every time I took my shirt off. I wish I could say this was only a product of my adolescent imagination, but I knew it was not when a…

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The Record Keepers’ Rave

Is there room in your mind for unuseful details? Or, would you make some, despite long odds the material could one day prove practicable? For those who find comfort in stockpiling answers to unasked questions, an invitation: Once a month, most months, there happens a happening that rewards compulsive curiosity. For a few hours in…

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How medical schools can transform curriculums to undo racial biases

PHILADELPHIA — Medical school curriculums may misuse race and play a role in perpetuating physician bias, a team led by Penn Medicine researchers found in an analysis of curriculum from the preclinical phase of medical education. In a perspective piece published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers identified five key categories…

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Researchers create comprehensive database of head and neck cancers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In what is believed to be the most comprehensive molecular characterization to date of the most common type of head and neck cancer, researchers from the Johns Hopkins departments of pathology and oncology, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and 18 other centers around the…

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COVID-19 and dental and dental hygiene students’ career plans

Alexandria, Va., USA — The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted dental education and training. The study «COVID-19 and Dental and Dental Hygiene Students’ Career Plans,» published in the JDR Clinical & Translational Research (JDR CTR), examined the short-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental hygiene and dental students’ career intentions. An anonymous online survey…

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What is surgical smoke and what can be done about it?

If you’ve ever been in an operating room where tools are used to simultaneously cut and cauterize human flesh, you know what surgical smoke is. The heat generated by these surgical tools produces vapors made up of aerosolized chemicals and substances that can be hazardous to health. Two new papers led by researchers in the…

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MRI frequently underestimates tumor size in prostate cancer

FINDINGS A study led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, frequently underestimates the size of prostate tumors, potentially leading to undertreatment. The study authors found that such underestimation occurs most often when the MRI-measured tumor size is small and the PI-RADS score, which is…

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