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December 5, 2014

Plastic surgeons, other doctors and naturopaths at more than 100 clinics around the country are charging thousands of dollars for a controversial procedure called stem cell therapy to treat a range of disorders, including neurological diseases like MS and Parkinson's. The procedure has angered many neurologists and prominent researchers who say these doctors are preying on vulnerable people and capitalizing on the huge but still unrealized potential of stem cell research, which they say is years away from producing an approved treatment for neurological diseases. George Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted.

December 4, 2014

Recent research suggests that it's possible that the cure to insomnia lies in the tiny, recently discovered region in the brain stem—the part of the brain that, among other things, helps controls the basic functions of our hearts and lungs. They even named this new neurological nook: the parafacial zone. Patrick Fuller, assistant professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research.

December 4, 2014

Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the recent work of Partners In Health in West Africa.

December 4, 2014

Most parents would like to have their newborns genetically tested for medical conditions and disorders, according to a new study. Robert Green, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the study's senior author.

December 4, 2014

Although low-dose aspirin may curb the risks of heart disease and colon cancer, the downsides appear to outweigh the benefits for many women, a new large study suggests. Nancy Cook, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is one of the study researchers.

December 3, 2014

As evidence continues to build that the Mediterranean diet is among the healthiest on the planet, researchers reported that a diet rich in olive oil, fish and plant foods, as well as a glass of wine with meals, could lead to a moderately longer life span. Immaculata De Vivo, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a study coauthor. 

December 3, 2014

During an event at Harvard Medical School, Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, named infrastructural failures, rather than the Ebola disease itself, as the main obstacles to addressing West Africa’s epidemic.

December 3, 2014

For a herpes virus to go from a latent state to an active state, it needs to unpackage or unbundle its genes so they can be “turned on” and begin to replicate and spread. Researchers have found, if they block an enzyme called LSD1, those genes tend to stay bundled up and inactive. David Knipe, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology, coauthored the study.

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