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A chart has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter alongside a claim it shows the seriousness of the novel coronavirus epidemic has been exaggerated when its death toll is compared to other diseases. But health experts say the graphic is misleading and risks underplaying the danger of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which is a new disease with a fast-rising mortality rate. CBSSM's Associate Director, Brian Zikmund-Fisher discussed this misleading chart: “Comparing a rapidly spreading disease to conditions which have stable prevalences is an unfair comparison, and it leads the audience to perceive the risk of SARS-CoV-2 as ‘low’ in gist despite its incredible potential to overtake all of these in a very short period of time. What we need (and I have seen) is more graphics showing the time trends."


Dr. Lisa Harris recently commented in an article in SELF about lack of efficacy, safety, and ethics around the idea that abortions can be reversed: “I can’t emphasize strongly enough that when people enter an abortion facility, the only thing on the provider’s mind is whether this decision and process is what a woman clearly wants. It was already an ethical breach to offer [‘abortion reversal’] care, and now it’s even more so because there are legitimate safety concerns. If someone in my community offered this, I would say it is outside the bounds of what’s considered efficacious and safe.”

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In a recent article, "Assessing genetic relationships between academia and industry," CBSSM's Kayte Spector-Bagdady reviews the four major findings of recent study published in Genetics in Medicine. CBSSM's Scott Roberts was also senior author on the study.


Teenage actor Gaten Matarazzo III was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects bone development, called cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD).

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Women medical students now outnumber men, yet they still face significant levels of gender harassment, contributing to increased rates of burnout and dissatisfaction.

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