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July 11, 2012

A gene that causes the rare,early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease can also carry a mutation that produces the opposite effect, staving off the devastating illness, scientists announced yesterday. Rudolph Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Child Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 11, 2012

North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada. David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, led the study.

July 11, 2012

The largest private-sector effort to tame medical spending in Massachusetts appears to be getting results, as doctors who agreed to work on a budget have cut costs by using less-expensive imaging and lab companies and expanding office hours to reduce emergency room use. Michael Chernew, HMS professor of health care policy, is the senior author of the study.

July 11, 2012

The lifesaving medicine called surfactant saves babies struggling to breathe and was discovered in 1959 by Mary Ellen Avery, Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, at HMS and former physician-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, who passed away last December.

July 10, 2012

George Xu and Stephanie Yaung, both second-year PhD students, have developed a device resembling a pregnancy test that, within minutes, could not only tell doctors whether a newborn has PKU, a rare condition in which a baby is born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine.

July 9, 2012

Researchers found that Finnish babies who lived with a dog or - to a lesser extent - a cat spent fewer weeks with ear infections, coughs or running noses. T. Bernard Kinane, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is quoted.

July 9, 2012

In a new study, a team at HMS reveals more detail about the social and psychological factors that affect quality of death. Holly Prigerson, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the senior author of the study.

July 9, 2012

Researchers are studying the ability of beneficial micro-organisms - or probiotics - to treat a range of conditions from eczema to inflammatory bowel disease. Athos Bousvaros, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

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