Articles by Ben Lieberman


The Pandemic in Uniform

On March 29, 2020, Capt. Brett Crozier sent an email to three admirals with authority over him and copied it to a handful of Navy captains. Crozier was the skipper commanding the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, deployed in the West Pacific at the time as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. The email detailed the…

Coronavirus Vaccine Progress

One of the biggest questions people are asking is when we are going to get a vaccine. Presumably, designing an effective vaccine and wide scale vaccination campaigns will ultimately eradicate the virus or at least allow those vaccinated to return to a new normal. Research is flowing into COVID-19 research of all types, with Congress…

Don’t lose heart on coffee

Coffee is a ubiquitous product in our everyday life. For many, coffee is essential to getting through the day.  Not surprisingly, coffee is known to increase attention, memory, and other cognitive measures in the short-term (1). Caffeine also has acute physiological effects, leading to short-term high blood pressure and increased heart rate. But what, if…

Can Phage Therapy be the solution to antibiotic resistance?

When Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered that fungal spore contamination killed off the bacteria growing on his petri dishes in 1928, it started off the era of antibiotics. Further research led to discoveries of New antibiotics in the 1960s and 70s as the “golden age of antibiotics.” Suddenly, no bacterial infection seemed untreatable. Everything including cancer…

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