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The New York Times

Need a new knee or hip? A robot may help install it

Matthew Sloan of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the increase in hip and knee replacement surgeries in the past 20 years. “Among the older patients, the big driver is the desire to stay active,” he said.

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The New York Times

Why are we so afraid of fevers?

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine said treating fevers can prolong or worsen an illness because immunity works better at higher temperatures. While fever reducers can relieve uncomfortable symptoms, “You’re not supposed to feel better,” he said. “You’re supposed to stay under the covers, keep warm, and ride out the infection. We have fevers for a reason.”

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The New York Times

Should you bank your baby’s cord blood?

Steven Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine said the cost of private cord blood banking is hard to justify at this point, unless someone in the family is known to have a blood disorder that required a stem cell transplant. “The data suggest there might be a little help there, but I find it not at all convincing,” he said.

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BBC

COVID vaccines: An opportunity for science?

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It looks like right now about half of adults, in the U.S. at least, say they are likely to get the vaccine—this moves around a bit—but another 20-30% either say they’re maybe unlikely or might want to wait,” she says.

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6ABC.com

Dr. David Fajgenbaum and Ajay Raju—Overheard part II

David Fajgenbaum of the Perelman School of Medicine was interviewed about surviving Castleman Disease.

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The New York Times

Dermatology has a problem with skin color

Susan Taylor of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored “Dermatology for Skin of Color,” a textbook about treating skin conditions in people with darker skin tones. “We shouldn’t have to write separate textbooks—that information should be integrated into the quote-unquote standard textbooks,” she said.

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