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May 23, 2013

A. Eden Evins, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored an opinion piece for the Room for Debate section of The New York Times about converging evidence that suggests cannabis is addictive for many and harmful to adolescents and to those at risk for mental illness.

May 23, 2013

Everybody itches. Sometimes itch serves as a useful warning signal — there's a bug on your back! But sometimes itch arises for no apparent reason, and can be a torment. Scientists now say they've got a much better clue as to how itch happens. Ethan Lerner, HMS associate professor of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

May 23, 2013

Spyros Artavanis-Tsakonas, HMS professor of cell biology, has been appointed to the post of chief scientific officer of Biogen Idec Inc., the Weston biotechnology company perhaps best known for its multiple sclerosis drugs announced.

May 22, 2013

For years, Charles Czeisler, the Frank Baldino, Jr.,Ph.D. Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and HMS, has studied sleep. His work had shown that shifting sleep schedules could have dramatic effects on health. But it was his study of the circadian rhythms of a blind college student that convinced him that artificial light was even more potent than he had believed.

May 21, 2013

Having surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids significantly reduces sleepiness and behavioral problems in kids who snore, but it does not improve their performance on attention and memory tests. That’s the finding from a long-awaited clinical trial conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and elsewhere. Susan Redline, the Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, was the leader of the study.

May 21, 2013

Some parents have been worried about giving their children pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, based on reports that children who take the drugs are more likely to develop asthma. But a new study suggests that the relationship may be little more than a statistical oversight. Augusto Litonjua, HMS assistant professor of medicine, and Joanne Sordillo, HMS instructor in medicine, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the study.

May 21, 2013

A new study suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar. Murray Mittleman, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the lead author of the study.

May 21, 2013

A Swiss entrepreneur has given Harvard University $125 million for the second time in five years, to support a multidisciplinary bioengineering research institute that bears his name. The first $125 million, provided to found the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in 2009, was the largest single gift the university had ever received. Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss and the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS, is quoted.

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