Printing the Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive

DERGE, China — The dozen or so Tibetan men wearing aprons sat in pairs in low chairs, facing each other. Each pair bent over a thin rectangular wooden block and worked by sunlight streaming into the second-story room open to a courtyard. Their hands moved quickly. Over and over they went through the same motions, several times each minute: One man slathered red or black … Continue reading Printing the Ancient Way Keeps Buddhist Texts Alive

The Case for Supervised Injection Facilities in Boston

  I read with interest my colleague Sarah Wakeman’s perspective article in the NEJM, “Another Senseless Death– the Case for Supervised Injection Facilities.” Certainly, Boston needs supervised injection facilities. This should be a top priority of Mayor Marty Walsh and mayoral candidate Tito Jackson. And yet, I wonder about the root causes of drug use and if supervised injection facilities will address these? Factors that come … Continue reading The Case for Supervised Injection Facilities in Boston

Preventing deaths from HIV/AIDS in Zimababwe

  I read with interest the recent NEJM Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital, entitled “A 39-Year-Old Zimbabwean Man with a Severe Headache.” This patient presented with AIDS, a CD4 count of 31, and cryptococcal meningitis, and fortunately survived despite a lack of flucytosine (due to cost) and an antiquated HIV regimen which included stavudine and neviripine. My main comment is that the patient was … Continue reading Preventing deaths from HIV/AIDS in Zimababwe

U.N.’s Famine Appeal is Billions Shy, Putting Millions at Risk

UNITED NATIONS — A month ago, the secretary general of the United Nations, António Guterres, warned that 20 million people would fall into famine if his aid agencies could not corral $4.4 billion by the end of March. It is almost the end of March, and so far, the United Nations has received less than a tenth of the money — $423 million, according to its … Continue reading U.N.’s Famine Appeal is Billions Shy, Putting Millions at Risk

Job opportunity: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology   Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH) invites applications from candidates for a tenure-track faculty position as assistant/associate professor of epidemiology. The successful candidate will contribute to expanding the department’s role as a center for clinical epidemiologic research and training. Areas of … Continue reading Job opportunity: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

World TB Day 2017: Agents of Change

Today is World Tuberculosis Day. TB is the #1 infectious killer globally, well ahead of HIV and malaria. For World TB Day, a group of colleagues wrote an article about TB in health care workers. The article is entitled, “Agents of change: The role of healthcare workers in the prevention of nosocomial and occupational tuberculosis.” The article is available free until May 11. Please join us in this … Continue reading World TB Day 2017: Agents of Change