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November 7, 2013

Rumor has it the worst time and place to be sick is in a teaching hospital in July, when new doctors-in-training enter the wards and others are promoted. A new study of heart attack patients shows this pattern of worse outcomes known as the "July effect" may indeed be true - but only for the sickest people. Anupam Jena, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, led the research.

November 6, 2013

Barack Obama announced his BRAIN Initiative in April. Ever since, neuroscientists have been scrambling to work out what it actually is. Van Wedeen, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted

November 6, 2013

During the last few decades the average American has lost an hour and a half of sleep per night. Sleep researchers at Harvard say the workplace is suffering to the tune of $63 billion a year as a result of insomnia, and all the health and productivity problems that go with it. Russell Sanna, executive director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at HMS, is quoted.

November 6, 2013

A new study conducted by researchers from HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Allergy and Immunology has discovered a treatment method for peanut allergies. Dale Umetsu, the Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and Boston Children’s Hospital, is the lead author of the study and Rima Rachid, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a co-author.

November 6, 2013

The hunt is on for 100,000 British volunteers to post their genetic information online in the name of science as a North American open-access DNA project arrives in Europe. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, who first launched a U.S. version of the project in 2005, is quoted.

November 6, 2013

It's a question that impacts our physical health, our mental health and health systems throughout the world: What causes us to overeat? Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health; Dariush Mozaffarian, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Michael Rich, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, are quoted.

November 6, 2013

In a paper published last week, researchers at HMS shed light on a potentially critical factor in cancer development: the massive genomic abnormalities long observed in cancer cells. Stephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and of Medicine, led the team.

November 5, 2013

The bacteria that live in your intestines are a mixed blessing. Scientists have known for decades that this so-called microbiota helps us digest our food and crowds out infectious germs. The bugs have also been implicated in allergies and obesity. Now, a new study adds one more potential malady to the list: rheumatoid arthritis. Diane Mathis, the Morton Grove-Rasmussen Professor of Immunohematology at HMS, commented on the study.

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