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July 17, 2013

Childhood obesity has been a source of deep concern for at least a generation. But after years of widening bike lanes and forcing jicama on elementary school kids, public health officials seem to be making progress. The national childhood obesity rate has leveled off in recent years. And in some parts of the country, research suggests, a decline is underway. Matthew Gillman, HMS professor of population medicine, is a co-author of the study.

July 16, 2013

Higher amounts of fat in your liver, muscle and blood could lead to weakened bones, according to a new study. Miriam A. Bredella, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study researcher.

July 16, 2013

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like the ultimate form of weight control, but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according to a new study; that ability might be harnessed to treat obesity and diabetes, researchers suggest. Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the study.

July 16, 2013

American children may be in the midst of a blood pressure problem. A new study from the American Heart Association shows that over the past 13 years, children and adolescents have seen stark rises in their risk for high blood pressure. Bernard Rosner, HMS professor of medicine (biostatistics) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the lead author.

July 16, 2013

From madness to seizures, to crime and lack of sleep, people have long blamed the full moon for a range of problems. Research, on the other hand, has found little evidence over the years to support these anecdotal accounts of the moon's powers over the human body and brain. Frank Scheer, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

July 15, 2013

The Boston Globe published an editorial about a growing pool of evidence that eating disorders are affecting more men every year. Jerel Calzo, HMS instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

July 15, 2013

They are both miserable diseases, but a sweeping study from Boston scientists finds that people who develop cancer appear to have a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease—especially those treated with chemotherapy. Jane Driver, HMS assistant professor of medicine at VA Boston Healthcare System, is the study’s lead researcher. Laura Frain, HMS research fellow in medicine, is a co-researcher. Gad Marshall, HMS assistant professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

July 15, 2013

Scientists who used adult stem cells to create functional and long-lasting blood vessels in mice say this research could lead to new treatments for cardiovascular disease. Rakesh Jain, the A. Werk Cook Professor of Radiation Oncology (Tumor Biology) at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a study co-senior author.

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