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March 26, 2018

Weekly review: 'Resist!' What a young MD learned from his 96 year-old patient—a Nobel recipient and renowned cardiologist

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    'Resist!' What a young MD learned from his 96 year-old patient—a Nobel recipient and renowned cardiologist (Monday, March 19)
    A young doctor found himself treating Bernard Lown, an emeritus professor of cardiology at Harvard University and recipient of a Nobel Prize—and discovered that his own medical practices reflected the shortcomings of a system that Lown had spent decades critiquing, Rich Joseph writes for the New York Times.

    The best medical schools, according to US News (Tuesday, March 20)
    U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its annual Best Medical Schools list based on specific indicators for research and primary care, as well as the lists of top medical schools for seven specialties.

    How to avoid germs on a plane, according to new research (Wednesday, March 21)
    A study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science finds that the overall risk of catching a respiratory illness from fellow airplane passengers is low—but there are certain things you can to cut your risk of infection even further.

    Did astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA really change 7% while he was in space? Not really, says NASA. (Thursday, March 22)
    Media headlines last week claimed that space travel had altered 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA, meaning that his genes no longer matched those of his identical twin brother Mark—but NASA experts say that's not exactly true.

    'The job felt incomplete': Why VA Secretary David Shulkin has served under Obama and Trump—and how he's reimagining veterans' care (Friday, March 23)
    In this edition of "Lessons from the C-suite," David Shulkin, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, talks about what the VA can learn from the private sector (and vice versa), his one-of-a-kind transition from the top levels of the Obama administration to the Trump administration, his vision for the VA Choice program, and more.

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