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February 24, 2014

Women with certain genetic mutations that greatly raise their risk of breast and ovarian cancer can cut the risk by as much as 80 percent if they get their ovaries removed by age 35, a new study suggests. Ursula Matulonis, associate professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Don Dizon, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

February 22, 2014

How often, and how well, do you remember your dreams? Some people seem to be super-dreamers, able to recall effortlessly their dreams in vivid detail almost every day. Others struggle to remember even a vague fragment or two. Robert Stickgold, associate professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Deirdre Barrett, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance, are quoted.

February 21, 2014

High-profile schemes to defraud the elderly of their lifetime savings have headlined top newspapers and tabloids alike. As crime rates -- and vulnerable populations -- increase, the scientific and legal communities must pool our ever-increasing knowledge and resources to protect elderly family members. The article was co-written by Bruce Price, associate professor of neurology at McLean Hospital and Judith Edersheim, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

February 21, 2014

Even a little walking each week appears to lower the risk of hip fractures in men over 50, a new long-term study suggests. Diane Feskanich, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the study author.

February 21, 2014

Getting into a new routine after competing in the Olympics can be difficult for many athletes, according to experts. Jeff Brown, assistant clinical professor of psychology, is quoted.

February 20, 2014

With the steep rise in prescription narcotics and deaths from unintentional overdose of these drugs, an HMS study found a wide-scale problem that could be contributing to the dangerous trend: One in three Medicare patients who fill prescriptions for narcotics like opioids get them from multiple doctors who were unaware that their patients were already prescribed these drugs. Anupam Jena, assistant professor of health care policy, is the author of the study.

February 20, 2014

Older men considering taking testosterone for low libido, fatigue, irritability or muscle loss should be made aware of the heart-related risks of testosterone therapy, according to a statement from the Endocrine Society. Shalender Bhasin, lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a coauthor of the statement.

February 20, 2014

Thomas Stossel, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, authored this opinion piece in response to a USA TODAY editorial about doctors receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies.

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