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January 31, 2014

At 83, Roman DeSanctis, the Evelyn and James Jenks and Paul Dudley White Professor of Medicine, is the oldest practicing doctor that Mass. General leaders can recall. Today DeSanctis retires after six decades at the hospital.

January 31, 2014

Jason Wasfy, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and others report that recurrent chest discomfort is the most common cause for readmission after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

January 30, 2014

Women who take estrogen-only hormone-replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms might also be reducing their risk for a common form of the eye disease glaucoma, according to new research. Louis Pasquale, associate professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is an author on the paper. Angela Turalba, instructor in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is quoted.

January 30, 2014

Cognitive ability and psychological well-being correlate directly with the amount of attention and nurturing children receive when they are young, according to recent research that includes studies of Romanian institutions. Research by Charles Nelson, professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is cited. Nelson is also the author of a new book on the topic due out this month called, “Romania’s Abandoned Children.”

January 30, 2014

Sam Dickman, HMS student; David Himmelstein, lecturer on medicine; Danny McCormick, associate professor of medicine; and Steffie Woolhandler, lecturer on medicine; all of Cambridge Health Alliance, authored this blog post that estimates the number and demographic characteristics of people likely to remain uninsured as a result of states’ opting out of Medicaid expansion as well as the likely health and financial impacts of states’ opt-out decisions.

January 29, 2014

In a study of congenitally blind children who underwent surgery to restore vision, researchers have found that the brain can still learn to use the newly acquired sense much later in life than previously thought. The researchers used software developed by a team that was led by Peter Bex, associate professor of ophthalmology at Schepens Eye Research Institute.

January 29, 2014

Have you gained a few pounds this winter? Many of us have thanks to the Arctic vortex or latest snowstorm keeping us indoors. Research by Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, suggests that a brisk walk in the cold air is the perfect thing to do in order to activate a certain type of fat in your body—called beige fat—that boosts the calories you burn by up to 30 percent to generate additional body heat.

January 29, 2014

Ever since the discovery in 2010 that Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of living humans, scientists have been trying to determine how their DNA affects people today. Now two new studies have traced the history of Neanderthal DNA, and have pinpointed a number of genes that may have medical importance today. David Reich, professor of genetics, led one of the studies.

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