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Nobody came for Prince: The death of The Artist and the criminalization of addiction

This op-ed originally appeared on The Huffington Post on June 6, 2016. Last Thursday the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released the report that declared “accidental opioid overdose” as the cause of Prince’s death. The first rumor I heard along those lines … Continue reading

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Growing a family tree

This article received a 2015 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists and honorable mention in the 2016 Folio Eddie Awards. Sonny Varela comes from a Hispanic neighborhood in East Bakersfield, California. The … Continue reading

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When cancer runs in the family

Genetic testing can provide powerful insight into the risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. After Lucy Benton completed her breast cancer treatment 16 years ago, she thought she was done with cancer. Then last year, the 68-year-old Texas woman … Continue reading

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A place for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation

In the field of tobacco control, Michael B. Siegel, M.D. ’90, is a lone wolf. The Boston University public health professor stands at odds with most of his public health colleagues on one matter: e-cigarettes. “Why so many public health … Continue reading

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More than skin deep

Geneticists view “race” in a far more complex way than the average census taker. For centuries, authors, researchers, and politicians have tried to use science to classify the “races.” Their attempts have resulted in divisive books, theories such as eugenics, … Continue reading

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Holding pattern: Helicopter parenting in higher ed

  When I was a kid, my mom would send me out to play after breakfast and I wouldn’t come home until dinner. Scores of older Americans describe their childhoods this way. Kids today know little of this freedom to … Continue reading

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The new normal: The ethics of neuroenhancement

Are we on the cusp of a future where we can just take a pill to work longer, learn faster and achieve more? Is that a world where we want to live? “Jason,” a pre-med student at Georgia State, holds … Continue reading

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Coney Island Sea Rabbits & Benbecula Mermaids

This piece originally appeared as a guest post on Wonders & Marvels — “a community for curious minds who love history, its odd stories, and good reads.” I saw a sea rabbit off the coast of Brooklyn in the summer … Continue reading

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