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HMS and HSDM Class Day Speaker: Caregivers can change the world

Identifying the patients most likely to return to hospital after release could improve care and save money

New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time

Improved imaging illuminates chromosomes in detail

Writer-in-residence promotes storytelling in medicine

Circadian rhythms, protein production and disease

HMS in the News

May 26, 2015

No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer's, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging can spot those tangles in living brains, providing a chance to finally better understand what triggers dementia. Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that's testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer's. Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the lead researcher.

May 26, 2015

Alcohol, at least in moderation, can help the heart, but too much can be toxic. The latest study tells you where to draw the line. Scott Solomon, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the study.


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