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Inclusivity for those with chronic disease or differing abilities is gaining momentum as a fashion trend. And it is about time, for all of the innumerable obvious reasons. In an industry uniquely positioned to raise awareness at levels the public health sphere never could, the newest campaign by American Eagle’s Aerie line, devoted to body positivity through unretouched imaging or use of “real” women, showcases lingerie models replete with their respective personal medical devices, albeit an ostomy bag, insulin pump or wheelchair.

This is good for humanity. For fostering improved functionality in clothing design for...

One of my best friends recently commented that it's disturbing how many Nazis, communists, and terrorists he's friends with on Facebook.

His point, of course, was sarcastic. Labeling people in the harshest of terms is one of the features of our hyperpartisan society. Anyone we disagree with on the Left is a socialist or communist; anyone we disagree with on the Right is a Nazi. Everybody else is a terrorist sympathizer. Such is the condition of our national discourse in 2018.

The Nazi analogy is particularly odious. Really, nothing in history compares to the crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis. While the Communists racked up a far larger body count, Nazi ideology was unique in its evil.

Adolf Hitler and the madmen with whom he surrounded himself were...

It is a common human problem not being able to see the forest for the trees. The other day Senator Claire McCaskill was choking at a lunch with colleagues. She couldn’t breathe, turned color and 911 was called as the situation grew very “scary.” Senator Joe Manchin stepped in and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver. Then came the media headlines, among them: CNN “McCaskill suffers broken rib,” CNBC “Colleague cracks Sen. McCaskill’s rib…,” USA Today “...McCaskill has cracked rib.”

This left me puzzled. Joe Manchin saved her life. With such swift action,...

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The worst fear of any clinical trial is causing harm, or even death, in trial participants and unfortunately, for Portuguese pharmaceutical company BIAL, and one of its trial subjects, this fear was recently realized.

In Phase I of a clinical trial for a drug being investigated for treatment of chronic pain (most likely known as BIA 10-2474, though unconfirmed), the death of one...

cerebral circulationA new report published this week in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association examined the rapidity of dissolving obstructing arterial lesions its relationship to long-term stroke outcomes among several thousand patients. The results are quite enlightening, and present a clear opportunity to improve the lives of stroke victims by simply decreasing the time from first symptoms, to treatment.

A group of researchers from Melbourne Australia,...