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Second Opinions
Tanning Salons Are Overdue for a Regulatory Burn

In the meantime, don't forget to educate patients on the risks

June 13, 2024
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'Opting Out' of Medical Snail Mail Can Boost Your Karma (and Maybe Save the Planet)

We can't shrug off environmental responsibility just because we're doctors

June 12, 2024
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Sounding the Alarm: The Silent Epidemic of Suicide Among U.S. Veterans

We have a moral obligation to care for those who have served our country

June 11, 2024
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Was the FDA Panel Right to Recommend Against MDMA Approval?

Psychedelic treatments have potential, and taking an evidence-based approach is what's needed

June 11, 2024
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Are We Ready for AI-Assisted Surgery?

Some may be reluctant to let this technology into the training and treatment settings

June 10, 2024
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'Uncertainty' Is Indeed a Bad Word: A Second Opinion on Pandemic Communication

Information should be presented to the public using a three-part approach

June 9, 2024
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Food Addiction Should Be Included in the DSM-6

Without an expanded diagnostic menu, many patients will struggle to get appropriate care

June 6, 2024
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An Older Woman's Chronic Pain Is Not 'All in Her Head'

There are serious consequences of under-managed pain

June 5, 2024
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Here's What I'm Looking For in an Ob/Gyn Residency: Comprehensive Training

Access to abortion training in all states can help prevent the growing gaps in women's health

June 4, 2024
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'Uncertainty' Isn't a Bad Word: U.S. Agencies Must Tighten Up H5N1 Communications

More effective and efficient public messaging is the need of the hour

June 3, 2024
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Fast-Food Medicine: EDs Desperately Need a New Model of Care

The current system lacks both affordability and efficiency

June 2, 2024
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Where Are All the Male Nurses?

Gender stereotypes may be exacerbating the nursing shortage

June 1, 2024
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How Will You Make Your Mark on Medicine?

Whether in academia or practice, find a way to leave your footprint

May 30, 2024
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Smoking Isn't the Only Source of Nicotine Addiction in Town

Emerging data suggest pharmacological interventions may help patients quit vaping

May 29, 2024
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