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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.

January 28, 2014

More than half of babies and children who receive heart transplants are surviving many years, say the authors of a new study. Elizabeth Blume, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

January 25, 2014

An interview with Anthony Komaroff, HMS Steven P. Simcox, Patrick A. Clifford and James H. Higby Professor of Medicine at Brigham andWomen’s Hospital.

January 24, 2014

Patrick Purdon, assistant professor of anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, examines what happens to the brain while under anesthesia. With the help of his colleague Emery Brown, the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, Purdon explains the strange electrical signature they discovered, and why it just may be that sought-after indicator of when a brain is truly, totally, definitely unconscious.

January 24, 2014

Researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School found that male cancer survivors who burned more than 12,600 kjoules each week had a 48 percent decreased risk of dying over a 15-year period, compared with male cancer survivors who burned fewer than 2,100 kjoules a week.

January 24, 2014

An interview with Christopher McDougle, HMS professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, about his new film, which recently premiered.

January 23, 2014

People who give blood or other tissues for research should be able to track their use through the scientific process to see the data their activities or samples generate, Harvard University scientists said. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, and Jeantine Lunshof, visiting fellow in genetics, were coauthors of a new policy paper.

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