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‘Race is not a biologic category’: The movement to remove race-based assessments in medicine

For years, a number of diagnostic tests have been adjusted based on the belief that a patient’s key bodily functions can vary depending on race or ethnicity. The practice, though, is facing new pushback amid concerns that race-based tests can downplay the severity of illnesses in Black patients.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal, officials say

Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials said.

Harvard study finds pandemic will cost primary care doctors an average of $65,000

Its authors say some medical practices could be at risk of closing down.

Boston Children’s Hospital was just ranked best of its kind in the nation — again

For the seventh year in a row, Boston Children’s Hospital has claimed the No. 1 spot in an annual ranking of the best children’s hospitals in the country.

The world needs Covid-19 vaccines. It may also be overestimating their power

The world might in the not-too-distant future get vaccines against Covid-19. But those vaccines won’t necessarily prevent all or even most infections.

A cancer patient reconsiders her end-of-life wishes amid Covid-19

Diagnosed with lung cancer, she had signed a do-not-resuscitate order. The coronavirus pandemic made her reconsider her end-of-life wishes.

Covid-19′s future: small outbreaks, monster wave, or ongoing crisis

Three scenarios for the future of Covid-19 differ on details, but all foresee a world that looks and feels nothing like the world of just three months ago.

In a medical first, doctors treat Parkinson’s with a novel brain cell transplant

If successful, the surgery could change Parkinson’s disease from an inexorable, cruel, and sometimes fatal decline to — for at least some patients — a condition that can be successfully treated.