Author Archives: Sonya

Holding pattern: Helicopter parenting in higher ed

  When I was a kid, my mom would send me out to play after breakfast and I wouldn’t come home until dinner. Scores of older Americans describe their childhoods this way. Kids today know little of this freedom to … Continue reading

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The new normal: The ethics of neuroenhancement

Are we on the cusp of a future where we can just take a pill to work longer, learn faster and achieve more? Is that a world where we want to live? “Jason,” a pre-med student at Georgia State, holds … Continue reading

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Immunotherapy brings new hope to cancer fight

Twenty-year-old Milton Wright III’s life seemed to finally be on track. After a lifetime of interruptions to his education, his football career, and his plans to join the Marines, he found his way. He had launched a modeling career and … Continue reading

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Will 3D printing revolutionize medicine?

Sydney Kendall lost her right arm below the elbow in a boating accident when she was 6 years old. Now 13, Sydney has used several prosthetic arms. But none is as practical — nor as cool, shed argue — as her pink, plastic, … Continue reading

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The Science of Fat

“Introducing Diet Coke” was the commercial jingle in everyone’s head that announced the zero-calorie soft drink’s arrival on the market. And fitness celebrity Richard Simmons hosted a top-rated talk show. Fitness was in fashion, but Americans just kept getting fatter. … Continue reading

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When the smoke clears

This article received a 2013 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists. On a Saturday afternoon in September, dozens of ex-smokers fill a shop tucked into an office park off Highway 316 in … Continue reading

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WebMD News Wire

The monthly news wire from WebMD Magazine — news you can use from the latest discoveries in science and health.

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Med school on the five-year plan

At a time when some are calling to shorten medical school, many Yale students are extending it. Like most of his classmates, Julius Oatts is staying on at the School of Medicine for a fifth year of study. This option, … Continue reading

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In the No

Feeling overwhelmed? Get to know your limits It’s 9 p.m., and you’re still at work.  You couldn’t relax at home with unfinished work on your desk. And if you don’t get this done, your boss will be upset. At least … Continue reading

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Serving her community

Lisa Catall of Rite Aid sees room to help patients more through medication therapy management When Bhavesh Dhabliwala walked into his neighborhood Rite Aid last November, he just wanted something for his gas pain.  But if he hadn’t met pharmacist … Continue reading

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