Shakkaura Kemet, MPH writes, “At my mother’s first oncology appointment, I sat beside her, swaddled in my Harvard sweatshirt. I hoped that the name of the august institution where I was an undergraduate would, in the doctor’s eyes, transport my mother from the wasteland of “difficult,” “noncompliant,” and “welfare queen” to which black female patients are often relegated and deliver her to the promised land of “human being.””

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Two brothers are combining palliative care expertise, linguistics and AI to encourage more effective conversations between doctors and people receiving end-of-life care

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As Wei Wei Lee sat with her doctor to discuss starting a family, she felt a “distance” between them. The physician was busy on the computer and focused on the screen

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And Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace. If you haven’t been paying attention, brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) that allow people to control robotic arms with their thoughts might sound like science fiction. But science and engineering efforts have already turned it into reality

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Science is often poorly communicated. Researchers can fight back

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It’s tempting to put these all-important conversations off but the consequences can be dire

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A potential aid for ALS and stroke patients. “Speaking one’s mind” is getting literal: A device that detects electrical signals in the brain’s speech-producing regions created synthetic speech good enough for listeners to mostly understand complex sentences

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The hospital, especially during the holidays, crystallizes an unavoidable truth: There’s simply no substitute for being there

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