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February 13, 2015

We’ve all heard stories of injured athletes taking the field, wounded soldiers completing missions, or panicked parents exhibiting superhuman endurance to rescue their children. Such dramatic stress pumps up dopamine and adrenaline, improving focus and distracting from pain. But everyday stress acts differently, new research shows. It can push dopamine levels down, making pain feel worse and harder to ignore, according to a new study. Randall Paulsen, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

February 12, 2015

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago — bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that is the forebear of many modern tongues, suggests one of the largest studies of ancient DNA yet conducted. David Reich, professor of genetics, led the research.

February 11, 2015

Atul Gawande, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, brought his-best selling book on end-of-life care, "Being Mortal," to the small screen Tuesday night in an hour-long documentary providing a deeply intimate look at patients in their final days, their families, and the doctors wrestling with patients' expectations — as well as their own.

February 11, 2015

In the future of hospital care, doctors will dress wounds with smart bandages that are able to tell doctors how the wound is healing and distribute medicine. Ali Khademhosseini, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is spearheading the project.

February 11, 2015

Scientists are looking to change how doctors diagnose cancer, and the key might lie in crowdsourcing. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess are using crowdsourcing, through the website CrowdFlower, to develop labeled images of tumor tissues. Andrew Beck, assistant professor of pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

February 11, 2015

Joel Hirschhorn, Concordia Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, participated in a Q&A about the link between genes and weight.

February 11, 2015

Dozens of cardiologists in communities outside major metro areas are performing catheterization procedures – such as diagnostic angiograms and artery-clearing angioplasties – at higher rates than doctors working at big city hospitals that serve as major cardiac referral centers. News data say it raises a critical question: How many of these catheterization procedures are medically advisable and how many put patients at unnecessary risk and add billions of dollars to the nation’s medical bill? David Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, is quoted.

February 9, 2015

Nagged by concerns that greater efforts are needed to safeguard players, the N.F.L. named its first chief health and medical adviser. Elizabeth Nabel will be the league’s “senior medical expert” while she continues in her work as the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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