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March 11, 2013

Nursing home residents who take a class of sleep medications that includes Lunesta and Ambien may be at higher risk for hip fractures compared with those who do not take these nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic drugs, according to a Harvard Medical School study.

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

What started as a detailed study of the inner workings of one kind of immune cell has led two teams of researchers from New England to a surprising insight: a high-salt diet may increase risk of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. Vijay Kuchroo, the Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is one of the study leaders.

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.

March 6, 2013

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital is getting a close-up look of Padihershef, a 2,500-year-old mummy who is believed to be the first Egyptian mummy to come to the United States. Rajiv Gupta, HMS assistant professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the team.

March 5, 2013

A new study has taken a systematic approach to understand the changes in brain activity that occur as a patient goes under with an anesthesia drug. Patrick Purdon, HMS instructor in anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the research.

March 4, 2013

ADHD, a neurobiological disorder that makes it difficult to focus and can also include hyperactivity and impulsivity, has historically been viewed as a childhood disease. Over the last couple decades, research has shown that many of those afflicted carry symptoms into adulthood. William Barbaresi, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the leader of a new study. Craig Surman, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the co-author of the new book “FAST MINDS: How to Thrive If You Have ADHD (Or Think You Might).”

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