Amanda Donald

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New stethoscope shows how technology can reinvent health care

About 200 years ago, a French physician rolled a sheet of paper into a cylinder and held it up to the chest of a patient. The creation was crude and simple, but it worked. Rene Laenneac could better hear his patient's heartbeat, and the stethoscope was born.<p>Today, the stethoscope remains a fixture …

Michelle Obama, Race and the Ivy League

The education of a future first lady.<p>In 1988, a group of black students at Harvard Law School compiled a report designed to recognize the growing achievements of black students on campus and share their wisdom with newcomers. The longest essay in the 50-page newsletter was written by a 24-year-old …

The Audacity of Talking About Race With the Ku Klux Klan

Can conversation help end bigotry? An improbable example suggests that it would be unwise to discount the possibility.<p>When musician Daryl Davis first met a member of the Ku Klux Klan he was the only black man in a country band. They were playing a gig at an all-white venue in Frederick, Maryland. …

Jerry Lee Lewis

White supremacy’s gross symbol: What the “the stars and bars” really represent — and why

<b>(PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)</b><p>It didn’t take long before the Confederate flag became a symbol of racism, expert James McPherson tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 27, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>As my colleague Paul Campos noted earlier this week, the Supreme Court will hand down a ruling later this year on …

Civil Rights

Why people leave their bodies to medical research – and what happens

The first thing you notice as you walk into the operating theatre is the smell. There isn’t one. There’s no whiff of chemical preservatives, no sniff of disinfectant and, reassuringly, no smell of bodies. The room is brightly lit, spotlessly clean and there’s little noise apart from the buzz of …

America’s Forgotten Mass Lynching: When 237 People Were Murdered In Arkansas

In 1919, in the wake of World War I, black sharecroppers unionized in Arkansas, unleashing a wave of white vigilantism and mass murder that left 237 …

Pregnant Women Are Finding Out They Have Cancer From A Genetic Test Of Their Babies

Sequenom Laboratories revealed today that its prenatal genetic tests have uncovered cancer in at least 26 pregnant women. These cases, though extremely rare, are raising ethical questions about the unregulated — and rapidly evolving — genetic-testing industry.<p>Last May, when she was 10 weeks …

Lawyers Who Defended Delhi Gang Rapists Say A Woman Is A "Flower" Who Should Stay Indoors At Night

The comments appeared in a BBC documentary, aired online late on March 4, about a fatal attack on a student in 2012. India has banned the show.<p>In the documentary, M.L. Sharma says that in Indian society "we never allow our girls to come out from the house after 6.30 or 7.30 or 8.30 in the evening …

New test 'helps identify best ovarian cancer treatment'

<b>A new test can help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on instances of unnecessary surgery, claim scientists.</b><p>It is designed to help diagnose different types and stages of ovarian cancer.<p>The developers, in Belgium and the UK, said many women with cancer were not getting the …

Cancer