Can minority students change medicine's racial imbalance?

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Eight of Melissa Cornett’s 10 children want to be doctors. The oldest, at 29, hopes to become a family physician; the youngest, who’s “almost 9,” wants to be an ER doctor. Although they all have endured the typical bumps, bruises, and medical crises of childhood, they’ve only ever met two doctors who were black, like them.So this past Tuesday, Cornett, a certified nursing assistant, brought six of her children to Winston-Salem State University to hear from the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an initiative started by a group of black and Latino doctors, dentists, pharmacists, podiatrists, and students to help minority students navigate the graduate school application pro

A race to get to the U.S. begins; a wave of travelers arrives in Boston, with others to follow

BOSTON — Most of the more than 40 people from Iran who arrived at Logan International Airport on Saturday afternoon were ecstatic, the first large wave of travelers to come to the United States a week after President Trump banned them from entering the country. The decision late Friday by a federal judge to temporarily halt Trump’s denial of entry to travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries had created an opening — and in a frantic race on the other side of the globe, thousands of people rushed to book flights to the United States, uncertain of how long the opportunity would last. Flights carrying previously barred travelers reached Logan on Saturday afternoon, with more expected at ai

Studies Link Some Stomach Drugs to Possible Alzheimer’s Disease and Kidney Problems

Over-the-counter packages of Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec tell you to take the pills—known to doctors as proton-pump inhibitors, or PPIs—for just two weeks at a time unless otherwise directed by a physician. Yet drugs of this best-selling class prevent heartburn and ease related ailments so well that patients—particularly those who suffer from a condition called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)—are often advised to take the medications for years. By decreasing acid production in the stomach, the agents prevent the caustic liquid from backing up—or refluxing—into the esophagus, where it can cause pain and can damage the food tube's delicate lining. In recent years, though, safety quest

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