Q: What have you learned about ALS in the past 17 years?
A: Sixteen gene discoveries have allowed the creation of laboratory models to study which pathways are involved. And we know much more about what can go wrong in the brain that causes motor neurons to die.
The Need for Compassion
There’s ample proof that physician empathy can benefit doctors as well as patients. Next challenge: teaching medicine’s softer side.
On the Trail of Drug Risks
Many problems with therapies show up post-FDA approval. Could mining electronic data and online chatter head off trouble?
Out of favor for decades, testosterone replacement therapy is back—and so is the debate about a possible link to prostate cancer.
Brain studies suggest that doctors learn to suppress normal responses to patients’ suffering.
Many doctors and patients still swear by an annual visit. But this expensive habit may not be the best way to head off disease.
Hospitals around the nation have adopted ways to help alleviate delays in operating rooms.
After instituting "disclosure, apology and offer" policies, hospitals have seen a drop in malpractice lawsuits.
A timeline of pivotal testosterone therapy events through history.
Vicki Jackson, director of the Palliative Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, interviews doctors Danielle Ofri and Charles Bardes on their thoughts on death.
Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana discuss the Boston Marathon bombing and empathic care.
4 Height, in feet, of “Rosie,” a UV-C room disinfection robot developed by Xenex Healthcare Services, nicknamed for the robot housekeeper on the TV show The Jetsons.