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Student research day highlights new work, honors educator

Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms 

Uneven impact found for those with serious mental illness in transition from Medicaid to Medicare Part D

Live imaging depicts early life of blood stem cells 

Power of big data leveraged for biomedical research

Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

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January 26, 2015

Many breast cancer patients don’t understand the details of their disease, according to a new study. While many believed they understood the grade, stage and type of tumor, 20 percent to 58 percent identified those characteristics correctly. Rachel Freedman, assistant professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the study's author. 

January 26, 2015

Marijuana use should be decriminalized and federal officials should reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug to spur vital medical research, the leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommended Monday. In an update to its 2004 policy statement on pot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recognized marijuana may be a treatment option for kids "with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions for whom current therapies are inadequate." Sharon Levy, chair of AAP's committee on substance abuse and assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is one of the statement's coauthors.

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