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Can psychedelic ayahuasca help with depression?

This article appeared on WebMD.com in October 2019. Oct. 31, 2019 — Paul Melancon was desperate. It was December 2010, and the singer-songwriter from Atlanta, who was then 42, had been living with a diagnosis of severe recurrent depression for 7 years. … Continue reading

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Primary Peritoneal Cancer: Know the Basics

Understand how the rare relative of ovarian cancer is diagnosed and treated.This article appeared in CURE Magazine in March 2019. March 22, 2019 — Joanne Wilson was feeling less like herself — she was always tired, sometimes struggling just to … Continue reading

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Carrying a lonely diagnosis

Pregnancy can lead to a rare cancer known as gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. This article appeared in CURE Magazine in March 2018. March 16, 2018 — In September 2013, Cindy Lupica, then 37 years old, gave birth to a healthy baby … Continue reading

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OTC Hearing Aids Coming, But Some Seek Options Now

Jan. 29, 2019 — Tommy McDonell used to have her aide take all her phone calls. The 67-year-old artist and retired educator couldn’t hear well enough to talk on the phone. “The volume on my TV could probably kill the … Continue reading

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In U.S., Female Genital Mutilation’s Lasting Scars

March 8, 2019 — Severina Lemachokoti was asleep in her family’s mud hut in Kenya when her mother woke her up before 6 a.m. The 12-year-old — home from a nearby boarding school for Christmas — heard a crowd of … Continue reading

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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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