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March 11, 2013

Two years ago today, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The World Health Organization recently predicted a very small rise in cancer risk from radioactive material that was released. For the nuclear refugees, though, anxiety and depression could be the more persistent hazard. Ronald Kessler, the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy, is quoted.

March 11, 2013

Boston has become a center for research into celiac disease. MGH opened a new celiac treatment and research center last month, led by Alessio Fasano, HMS visiting professor of pediatrics. Ronald Kleinman, the Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and physician-in-chief at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is also quoted.

March 11, 2013

Mark Siedner, HMS research fellow in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this opinion piece about treating patients with HIV.

March 11, 2013

Mark Siedner, HMS research fellow in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this opinion piece about treating patients with HIV.

March 11, 2013

Further coverage of a new study by David Sinclair, HMS professor of genetics, that found how resveratrol activates cellular proteins known as sirtuins that promote longer life in laboratory worms, flies and mice.

March 10, 2013

The Medicines Co's experimental intravenous blood clot preventer Cangrelor, which is intended for use during angioplasty procedures, solidly outperformed commonly used Plavix in a pivotal late stage study, likely resurrecting the drug's prospects. Deepak Bhatt, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and chief of cardiology at the VA Boston Health Care system, is a co-lead investigator of the study.

March 7, 2013

A new study by David Sinclair, HMS professor of genetics, details at a precise molecular level how resveratrol and related substances can activate an enzyme called a sirtuin. These enzymes are thought to be involved in DNA repair, inflammation, circadian clocks, and the creation of mitochondria, the power plants of the cell. Increasing the activity of sirtuins has been shown in some animal experiments to lengthen lifespan — though not in humans.

March 6, 2013

As Congress debates whether to toughen the nation’s gun laws, a study from Boston Children’s Hospital found that states with the highest number of gun laws have the lowest rate of gun deaths due to homicides and suicides. Eric Fleegler, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the study leader.

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