Category Archives: Research

2112 – Looking back on 300 years of the NEJM

Since 1812, the year of the New England Journal of Medicine‘s founding, medicine has been utterly transformed. We saw the advent of antisepsis and anesthesia (both from the 1840s alone), created ways of imaging the inside of the body, and … Continue reading

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Filed under Public health, Research, Technology

Best medical articles of 2012

If you were busy living, learning, studying, or otherwise occupied in 2012, you may have missed out on some of the fantastic medical journalism and essays of 2012. Fortunately, the editor of Stanford Medicine has curated a thoughtful and intriguing … Continue reading

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Filed under Education, Research

Success!

Wow. Thanks to everyone who made the Inaugural Humanism Day Conference an absolute blast. Check back later on for pictures and updates. And to all our new readers – welcome!

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Filed under Education, Humanism, Outreach, Research

Inaugural Humanism Day Conference – Last chance to register!

It’s the last call to register for the Inaugural NJMS Humanism Day Conference, on Wednesday, March 14 in Newark, NJ. Please join us for a day of free workshops and presentations, featuring keynote speaker Mark Nepo. We hope to see you … Continue reading

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Just clowning around

The first International Conference on Medicine and Medical Clowning was held last week in Jerusalem. Medical clowning, which combines theater performance with drama therapy and elements of nursing, has grown in popularity in recent years to become a worldwide phenomenon, … Continue reading

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Filed under Arts, Research

You heard it here first!

We’re thrilled to announce the first annual student-run Humanism Conference, hosted by the Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Newark, NJ for a day featuring … Continue reading

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Down, but not Out

Remember watching Lorenzo’s Oil in 5th grade? Well Lorenzo’s father (who discovered a treatment for his son’s degenerative condition), it turns out, has a kindred spirit. Enter, Alberto Costa. When Costa’s daughter Tyche was born with Down Syndrome, he launched himself … Continue reading

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Filed under Chronic illness, Ethics, Love, Neuroscience, Research

Generations

Fantastic interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, over at The AV Club, with special mention of a upcoming children’s adaption. AVC: Part of the reason the Lacks family was afraid to talk to you … Continue reading

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Filed under Ethics, Literature, Research

“This is Your Brain on Art”

The Smart Set of Drexel University (why didn’t we know about this site before?!) has a fascinating piece about the research version of Oliver Sacks – V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD – … Continue reading

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Filed under Neuroscience, Research

Portrait of a bacterium as copyright infringement

Cried the estate of James Joyce to scientist J. Craig Venter. Back in May 2010, geneticist J. Craig Venter announced the creation of the first synthetic life form, having replaced the genetic code in a Mycoplasma capricolum bacterium with DNA he … Continue reading

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Filed under Genetics, Literature, Research