Second Opinions

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Second Opinions
When It Comes to Vaccine Strategy, Be Careful Comparing the U.S. to Other Countries

The health landscape varies significantly from country to country

11 Hrs ago
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Vaccine Research and Combating the Anti-Science Movement Go Hand in Hand

An excerpt from Hotez's new book, The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science

September 19, 2023
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Transitioning From Academic Writing to the Narrative

An alternative writing style can give a voice to our patients' stories

September 19, 2023
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Clarifying the 'Duty to Warn' in North Carolina

Clinicians shouldn't be in legal jeopardy for trying to prevent violence

September 18, 2023
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Emotional CPR as an Alternative to Coercive Mental Health Treatment

The power of others with lived experience

September 17, 2023
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Medical Debt Is Killing Our Patients

Here's my legislative solution to put an end to this

September 16, 2023
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Stroke Doesn't Have to Lead to Death or Disability

Rapid, appropriate treatment can save lives and limit severe outcomes

September 15, 2023
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The Wrath Toward Contract Management Groups Is Right Where It Needs to Be

Emergency medicine is facing a reckoning

September 14, 2023
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What It Will Really Take to Restore Trust in the CDC

A singular narrative, consistency, and relatability are paramount

September 13, 2023
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Medical School Should Teach Students About Homelessness

We can better prepare our future doctors to treat this population

September 13, 2023
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This Isn't COVID's Final Act

We must keep the virus, and long COVID, center stage

September 12, 2023
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Why I Live on 'Do Not Disturb' Mode

And why you should too

September 11, 2023
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Healthcare Isn't 'Broken' — It's Fragmented

How do we dig ourselves out?

September 10, 2023
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Dear Congress: Take the Easy Win on Medicare

It's time for an alternative approach to the merit-based incentive payment system

September 9, 2023
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