Second Opinions

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Second Opinions
Should FDA Grant Accelerated Approval to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Gene Therapy?

Waiting for the results of the SRP-9001 confirmatory trial may be a better move

May 18, 2023
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Profiteering Off the Body Insecurity of Teens

Keep dangerous supplements out of kids' hands

May 17, 2023
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Choosing Pediatrics Is a Poor Financial Decision

We can change this by addressing the pay gap between child and adult medicine

May 16, 2023
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The Broader Significance of a New Drug for a Rare Form of ALS

The tofersen trial offers hope and lessons for the fight against ALS

May 15, 2023
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DEA: Clarify Your Stance on Harm Reduction

Legal ambiguity is preventing doctors from best serving patients

May 15, 2023
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Are We Ready for the Long COVID Long-Haul?

The COVID public health emergency may be over, but this condition isn't going away

May 14, 2023
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Weighing the Consequences of Weight-Loss Drugs

We need more discussion of the potential harms

May 12, 2023
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How I Became a Union Doctor

We formed the first-ever emergency medicine union to promote patient safety

May 11, 2023
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You've Graduated Medical School! Now What?

Take time to relax and prepare ahead of residency

May 9, 2023
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Proposed Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Are Good, but Not Enough

Specifics for older women, Black women, and those with dense breasts are needed

May 9, 2023
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Perfect Is the Enemy of Good, and So Is Narcan Misinformation

There is no justification to oppose increased access to naloxone

May 8, 2023
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The Patient Case Against Requiring Medical Chaperones

What sounds good in theory falls short in practice

May 7, 2023
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You're Ready for Your Patient to Leave the Hospital. But Are They Ready?

Discharge must be a coordinated effort by the healthcare team

May 6, 2023
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Culturally Competent Care Is Key to Overcoming Health Inequities

Communication and trust are everything in the doctor-patient relationship

May 5, 2023
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