News and Views

When North Korea makes the news, it's usually due to its nuclear missile program. That is certainly a very realistic threat. Just yesterday, U.S. intelligence announced that a North Korean missile may be able to hit the continental U.S. within a year. The media's coverage, however, tends to overlook some other terrifying aspects of the North Korean regime.

Take its conventional weapons, for instance. North Korea is armed to the teeth. With more than 1.1 million personnel, North Korea boasts the world's fourth largest military. If war ever broke out on the Korean Peninsula, the...

Wonder why fake news is winning as a concept and description? Look no further than a recent article and accompanying video from CNBC showcasing a new blood collection product from a Massachusetts-based start-up that is touted as “virtually painless” and pursuing the “holy grail for medical entrepreneurs.” 

Having recently written about even Harvard’s use of statistical tricks to enhance their publishing odds, it should come as no surprise that news outlets appear to be doubling as public relations firms. Don’t get me wrong, new technologies and products should get access to the mainstream media to inform as well as ignite progress and innovation. But, let...

Football is not the same game it was 10 years ago. Evidence over the last decade has been mounting that parts of the game are harmful to some of its players. Specifically, those who experience repeated concussions or head trauma, resulting in a type of irreversible and degenerative brain damage called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), entitled Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football brought this issue into the spotlight this week, largely because of its splashy results. 

The study reports that CTE was diagnosed in 177 players across all...

Senator John McCain has been in the news over his health issues this past week, and perhaps you can remember the concerns about Secretary Clinton’s health in the fall. The media carried more speculations about Secretary Clinton and more facts about Senator McCain, but it raises the question of what should the talking heads of the media, especially media physicians, say in these circumstances. The dilemma is captured in the current discussion within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the Goldwater rule.

In 1964 when Senator Goldwater was running for president, several APA members contributed to an article in Fact magazine declaring him mentally unfit for the presidency. He sued for defamation and won, and the APA modified its’...

Senator John McCain has been in the news over his health issues this past week, and perhaps you can remember the concerns about Secretary Clinton’s health in the fall. The media carried more speculations about Secretary Clinton and more facts about Senator McCain, but it raises the question of what should the talking heads of the media, especially media physicians, say in these circumstances. The dilemma is captured in the current discussion within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the Goldwater rule.

In 1964 when Senator Goldwater was running for president, several APA members contributed to an article in Fact magazine declaring him mentally unfit for the presidency. He sued for defamation and won, and the APA modified its’...

Senator John McCain has been in the news over his health issues this past week, and perhaps you can remember the concerns about Secretary Clinton’s health in the fall. The media carried more speculations about Secretary Clinton and more facts about Senator McCain, but it raises the question of what should the talking heads of the media, especially media physicians, say in these circumstances. The dilemma is captured in the current discussion within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the Goldwater rule.

In 1964 when Senator Goldwater was running for president, several APA members contributed to an article in Fact magazine declaring him mentally unfit for the presidency. He sued for defamation and won, and the APA modified its’...

Senator John McCain has been in the news over his health issues this past week, and perhaps you can remember the concerns about Secretary Clinton’s health in the fall. The media carried more speculations about Secretary Clinton and more facts about Senator McCain, but it raises the question of what should the talking heads of the media, especially media physicians, say in these circumstances. The dilemma is captured in the current discussion within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the Goldwater rule.

In 1964 when Senator Goldwater was running for president, several APA members contributed to an article in Fact magazine declaring him mentally unfit for the presidency. He sued for defamation and won, and the APA modified its’...

Senator John McCain has been in the news over his health issues this past week, and perhaps you can remember the concerns about Secretary Clinton’s health in the fall. The media carried more speculations about Secretary Clinton and more facts about Senator McCain, but it raises the question of what should the talking heads of the media, especially media physicians, say in these circumstances. The dilemma is captured in the current discussion within the American Psychiatric Association (APA) about the Goldwater rule.

In 1964 when Senator Goldwater was running for president, several APA members contributed to an article in Fact magazine declaring him mentally unfit for the presidency. He sued for defamation and won, and the APA modified its’...

Medical care for our country's veterans should be nothing short of the best. However, Veterans Hospitals are known for falling short of this goal.

A multi-institutional research group headed out of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wanted to look specifically at the role that race may play in the care that our Veterans receive. Their article, Comparative Outcomes after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention among Black and White Patients treated at US Veterans Affairs Hospitals, is published in this week's JAMA Cardiology.

The study searched for differences in the care and outcomes of treating coronary artery disease to our veterans based upon race. More specifically, they looked at...

"What do you do?" It is a question that we have either asked or been asked before. Most of the time, when asking it, we have some idea of the profession in question.

But, science is a bit different - more enigmatic than most professions. Although most people have been in a classroom, hospital, courtroom, etc., almost no one has been in a laboratory where research is actively going on. So, how is anyone supposed to understand how science is done or who is doing it? 

But, one program run out of the University of Connecticut is looking to change that. It is called "Skype a Scientist" and is the brainchild of Sarah McAnulty, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. "Skype a Scientist"...