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July 14, 2014

Though the virtual reality industry could radically transform entertainment, gaming and other forms of computing, it has an Achilles’ heel: Many people become queasy after pulling viewing devices over their eyes and slipping into an immersive world that blurs the line between physical reality and computer-generated imagery. Joseph F. Rizzo III, the David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is quoted.

July 14, 2014

Doctors hope students returning to school this fall have one crucial item checked off their back-to-school lists: receiving a pertussis booster shot. Lawrence Madoff, lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Jeffrey Gelfand, clinical professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

July 14, 2014

Fitness tracking monitors promise to lead to all sorts of results: You’ll melt off fat just by monitoring your steps; eat better by tracking your food intake; get better sleep. But the fitness devices can cost as much as hundreds of dollars, and often aren’t as helpful as users hope they will be. Consumers should consider carefully whether a fitness monitor is worth the purchase, researchers advise in a Harvard Health Publications report. Anne Thorndike, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 14, 2014

Generic medications that are identical on the inside can look different on the outside, depending on the manufacturer. But those differences in shape and color could be causing confusion among patients, leading some to stop taking much-needed medications, according to a new study. Aaron Kesselheim, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is a senior investigator on the study.

July 14, 2014

A nasty fight that pits big-name scientists at Harvard University and the University of Oxford against each other on the effectiveness of a multibillion-dollar class of drugs may be headed toward a settlement by month's end.

July 13, 2014

In a few weeks, clinical psychologist Robert Franks will take over leadership of the Judge Baker Children's Center, a century-old Harvard affiliated center that addresses children’s mental health. There’s a lot more that can be done to support children’s mental health, said Franks, currently an assistant clinical professor at the schools of medicine at both Yale University and the University of Connecticut.

July 13, 2014

A simple test of a person’s ability to identify odors and noninvasive eye exams might someday help doctors learn whether their patients are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new studies. Research by Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is featured. Matthew E. Growdon, a fifth-year student in a joint program between Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, was one of the researchers on the study.

July 11, 2014

A new study indicates that malnutrition during pregnancy can affect the sperm of male offspring. Mary-Elizabeth Patti, assistant professor of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, is one of the leaders of the study.


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