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December 19, 2014

Every new parent has heard the dire warning: Never sleep with your baby. Melissa Bartick, assistant professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, authored this piece about the problems with this widespread advice.

December 18, 2014

YouTube has become the DIY video destination, from cupcakes to cosmopolitans, appliance repairs and yes — ab workouts — there’s a video for every problem. Even armpit fat. Edward Phillips, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is quoted.

December 18, 2014

Many Americans who identify as European actually carry African ancestry just as many Americans who identify as African carry European ancestry, finds an extensive new genetic analysis. Katarzyna Bryc, research fellow in genetics, is one of the lead authors of the study.

December 16, 2014

The idea that all carbohydrates are not created equal has become the foundation of many popular diets. Some argue that foods like white bread and potatoes, which have a high so-called glycemic index because they spike blood sugar and insulin, should be avoided in favor of more healthful carbs like whole grains and non-starchy vegetables. But rigorous new research from the National Institutes of Health suggests that for people who already follow a healthful diet, the glycemic index may not be very important. Frank Sacks, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the research. David Ludwig, professor of pediatrics at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

December 15, 2014

The two-year anniversary yesterday of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., evoked cynicism from gun control advocates over the tragedy’s failure to prompt federal law changes, while gun rights supporters say the gun-control cause has lost steam and the push for reform needs to focus on other factors such as mental health. Frederick Bieber, associate professor of pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

December 15, 2014

Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein, lecturers on medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, coauthored this opinion piece about the inefficiency of U.S. hospitals.Read the full article

December 14, 2014

Atul Gawande, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, participated in a Q&A about the need to shift our focus from just good health and survival to general well-being.

December 14, 2014

Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests has exploded onto the market. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down syndrome and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities. Hundreds of thousands of women in early pregnancy have taken these tests, but a three-month examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found that companies are overselling the accuracy of their tests and doing little to educate expecting parents or their doctors about the significant risks of false alarms. Michael Greene, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.


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