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November 25, 2013

A new Cambridge life-science company aims to develop therapies that can put troublesome genes under the knife, so to speak, cutting out bad DNA like a scalpel excises bad tissue. Cofounders of the company include George Church, HMS professor of genetics and member of the Wyss Institute, and Keith Joung, director of the molecular pathology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

November 22, 2013

While doctors routinely perform vitamin D blood tests during annual physicals, many of the 70 to 90 percent of African Americans who are diagnosed as vitamin D deficient may actually have healthy levels and could be taking supplements unnecessarily. Ravi Thadhani, HMS
professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the senior author of the study.

November 21, 2013

The Family Dinner Project, a growing grassroots movement, champions family dinner as an opportunity to have food, fun and conversation about things that matter. Family dinners are well-researched, with years of documented physical, mental health and academic benefits. Anne Fishel, HMS associate clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a founding member of The Family Dinner Project, is quoted.

November 21, 2013

New Harvard research provides the strongest evidence to date that eating nuts can reduce a person’s risk of dying from cancer, heart disease and a number of other causes. Ying Bao, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the first author of the study. Charles S. Fuchs, HMS professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the senior author. Jeffrey Drazen, the Parker B. Francis Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, is also quoted.

November 21, 2013

Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries -- yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, HMS instructor in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. Research by Herbert Benson, mind/body medical institute professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is also cited.

November 21, 2013

Women who use oral contraceptives for several years or longer may want to consider having their eyes checked more regularly as they get older. New research suggests that the pills may double their lifetime risk of developing glaucoma, a degenerative eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreated. Research by Louis Pasquale, HMS associate professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is cited.

November 20, 2013

Families often do not understand what a “do not hospitalize” order means, a small study has found. Research by Susan Mitchell, HMS professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is cited.

November 19, 2013

More and more American women are undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging to screen for cancer, according to two new studies. Natasha Stout, HMS assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, led one of the studies.

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