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Abraham Verghese, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, offers surprising reasons for why C.T. scans should not replace the ritual of doctors examining patients' bodies.
Abraham Verghese, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, tells the story of a woman brought into the E.R. for respiratory problems. In an earlier era, doctors would have performed a physical examination to make a diagnosis, but the woman was given a C.T. scan directly. The result? The scan showed tumors in her breasts and cancer throughout her body. Rather than praise the abilities of the C.T. machine, however, Verghese says its omnipresence has allowed doctors to become complacent—a thorough physical examination should have detected her tumors and other cancer-related symptoms long before.
A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.
- A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
- Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
- New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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