Companies must work hard to keep their data safe.
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New standards and regulations are beginning to govern how companies protect customers' data. Companies ignore this vital issue at their peril, both financially and legally.
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
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Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
The author, in blue suit, center, and friends who welcomed him warmly in Sudan.
A physician describes the warm welcome he received from Sudanese Muslims just this month when he visited Sudan. His experience comes in part, he writes, from their faith.
Over a quarter of medical students suffer depression. Almost half of US physicians say they’re burnt out. A doctor reflects on how much more burdensome and less fulfilling the profession has become.
The brain doesn’t cause lying.
A recent study suggested that the brain becomes accustomed to lying, making people merely puppets of their brains. That's too simple an explanation – and one that lets liars off the hook.
A bust of Alfred Nobel outside the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
One of the greatest benefits of the Nobel Peace Prize is the fact that, once a year, it promotes a lively discussion about peace throughout the world.
An unparalleled cataclysm on the other side of the globe sets the stage for a gathering of literary titans at which an 18-year-old crafts an unearthly yet timeless tale of unbridled human arrogance.
Volunteers clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
There are few things Americans like more than lists and money, but ranking philanthropists on the monetary size of their giving distorts our understanding of generosity, argues one ethicist.
Volume rendered image of the external morphology of the foot bone shows the extent of expansion of the primary bone cancer beyond the surface of the bone.
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Cancer is a deadly disease and would have been particularly lethal before the recent development of effective treatments. So why didn’t it – or our susceptibility to it – die out long ago?
Medical errors are not the third leading cause of death.
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A recent study suggesting that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. made headlines. But the methods researchers used to draw this conclusion are flawed.
A new phase of South Sudan’s civil war seems to have begun.
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Despite President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar’s calls for calm, hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in renewed fighting in Juba.
Robert Blair, “The Soul hovering over the Body reluctantly parting with Life”
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The effort to prove the soul’s existence through physical means is little more than a fool’s errand.
California is the fifth state to legalize aid in dying.
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Why have Americans become more receptive to aid in dying, a practice that was rejected throughout the United States until Oregon changed course in 1997?
Not so dense?
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Scientists have identified a small number of people whose skeletons are extraordinarily break resistant, offering hints on how to make the bones of ordinary people stronger.
Touch is a powerful tool in medicine.
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Despite the rise of scanners, robots and other new medical technologies, the physician’s hand remains one of medicine’s most valuable diagnostic tools.
Reason for optimism?
Whatever you call it, the new leader, Michel Temer, has an opportunity to return Brazil to policies that promote growth through fiscally sound social inclusion. Can he do it?
Woman with slave girl in the mid 19th century, New Orleans.
More than 150 years of scholarship and activism hasn't brought us any closer to consensus.
Oxycontin helped drive the opioid epidemic.
The sources of the opioid epidemic are complex, but one powerful motivator has been the pursuit of profit.
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Asking patients about sexual matters is universally recognized as an important part of collecting a patient’s medical history. But many physicians don't take sexual histories from their patients.