Tuesday, July 23, 2019

“Manning up” can often bring men down

by Harold “Woody” Neighbors, PhD

Too often, black men don't share their feelings and miss out on getting mental health help. A researcher who has experienced depression asks “What's going on?” — and suggests possible ways forward.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The disabilities we don't see

by Lisa Meeks, PhD

More than 90% of medical students with disabilities have conditions that aren't obvious: learning disabilities, ADHD, psychological disabilities, and chronic health conditions. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

What can we learn from an epidemic?

by Atul Grover, MD, PhD, FACP, FCCP

AAMC Executive Vice President Atul Grover says we can use the lessons of the AIDS epidemic in the 1990s to inform our work today around the opioid crisis.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

When patients lie

by Angela Fagerlin, PhD

As many as 8 in 10 patients conceal significant information from their providers. A patient-physician communication expert reveals the truth — and consequences — of patient coverups.


R2-D2. The Jetson’s Rosie. WALL-E, Baymax from Big Hero 6, and the Transformers — all these live only in various imaginary worlds. But stepping — or rolling — out of science fiction and into hospitals each day are thousands of real robots capable of performing varied bits of high-tech magic. 

Setting aside surgical robots — a growing and sometimes hotly debated field — robots in hospitals tackle a broad range of tasks. They help guide rehabilitation exercises, shoot UV rays to disinfect rooms, and chug along hallways delivering everything from linens to lunches. Sometimes, they even offer patients much-needed emotional support. 

“There’s a whole variety of things robots can do,” says Anil Kishore, MS, associate director of pharmacy at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where robots deliver nearly 80,000 medications to care providers each year. “The goal is the harnessing of technology for safe patient care. We want to free up humans to do more substantial tasks. This is about figuring out how to use technology to your best advantage.”

Indeed, when it comes to certain jobs, robots are faster, stronger, cheaper, and less prone to error than their human counterparts, say experts. And they can plod along with an unparalleled single-mindedness.

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Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Future physicians and researchers spend summer on the U.S.- Mexico border

Eleven University of Arizona students aspiring to careers in medicine and medical research participated in hands-on service-learning experiences this summer to address health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico border region during an intensive 10-week internship.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

HIV eliminated from the genomes of living animals

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA — the virus responsible for AIDS — from the genomes of living animals.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Health professions students simulate poverty to understand effects on health

To learn how to consider poverty and social determinants of health in treatment decisions, a group of interprofessional health students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences participated in a large-scale poverty simulation.