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Essays and opinions from our readers, always thought-provoking, sometimes controversial

Second Opinions
What We Can Learn From the 2023 Lunar New Year Shootings

Asian American and Pacific Islander communities should be included in future research

February 23, 2024
A photo of police vehicles on the street in Monterey Park, California.
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Palliative Care Has a Branding Problem

Changing how it's perceived can break down silos

February 22, 2024
A photo of a hospital palliative care unit sign.
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Do Organ Transplants Cause Personality Changes?

Anecdotal evidence suggests a real possibility, but more research is needed

February 22, 2024
A photo of surgeons preparing a donor kidney for transplantation
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Misdiagnosed: Did the Color of My Skin Play a Role?

An adapted excerpt from Blackstock's new book, Legacy

February 21, 2024
A photo of UchΓ© Blackstock, MD
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When It Comes to Isolation, COVID Shouldn't Be Singled Out From the Pack

It's time for CDC to update its guidance

February 20, 2024
Computer renderings of COVID, RSV, and flu viruses
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Primordial Prevention Can Protect Black Women's Cardiovascular Health

Let's block the risk factors before they start

February 19, 2024
A photo of a young woman wearing headphones in New York City.
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Two Women Physicians Find Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

It takes great determination to successfully navigate the challenges along the way

February 18, 2024
Photos of Leah Houston, MD, and Brittany Busse, MD
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Hospital-at-Home Could Be a Double-Edged Sword

Equity and infection prevention are cause for concern

February 17, 2024
A photo of a female healthcare worker changing a bandage on a senior man lying in his bed at home.
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Cancer Patients Caught in the Crosshairs of Hospital Consolidation

Policymakers must rein in anti-competitive tactics

February 16, 2024
A photo of radiation immobilization masks hanging in a closet.
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COVID's Latest Adaptation: It Has Lulled Us to Sleep

My doctor's refusal to prescribe "just-in-case" Paxlovid speaks volumes

February 15, 2024
A photo of boxes and blister packs of Paxlovid
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Do Your Patients Know Where You Live?

Healthcare professionals have a right to privacy, too

February 14, 2024
A photo of a rainy street running through a suburban neighborhood.
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Child Protective Services Is Being Weaponized Against Our Black Patients

HHS must institute more oversight of medical professionals making repeated calls

February 13, 2024
A photo of a female police officer and a female Child Protective Services worker interviewing a little boy.
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Nitazenes Have Entered the Drug Scene. Now What?

We can prepare for this drug class in the supply without reinventing the wheel

February 13, 2024
A photo of fentanyl tablets in a variety of colors
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Spread 'Aloha' in Healthcare

Let's work toward a more idyllic vision of our system

February 12, 2024
A photo of a Hawaiian shaved ice.
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