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In a February 2021 update Dr. Howard Zucker, the Commissioner of health of New York State, recalls a story of an earlier vaccination challenge that…

Why social media speech is not free

Why social media speech is not free

Many people are now noticing the harmful effects social media can have. These may range from social isolation, anxiety, depression and distortion of body image,…

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CVCT CardioBrief will provide a platform for a diverse spectrum of opinions and perspectives on issues of interest to the cardiovascular clinical trials community. We aim to promote rigorous, unbiased, and patient-centred scientific discourse and debate within the cardiovascular community. CVCT CardioBrief does not seek to compete with medical journals or other traditional forums; instead we seek to create an accessible and responsive forum for discussion about important cardiovascular trials and other significant developments. It is our goal to provide a voice for perspectives that may not have always been able to gain exposure and consideration in traditional settings.

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