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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
May 4, 2012

Continuing coverage of the New England Primate Research Center.

May 3, 2012

The age of “omes” is here. It began with the genome, continued with the proteome, branched out with the memome and reached full flowering with the notion of the omome. An essay co-written by Alexa T. McCray, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at HMS, is highlighted.

May 3, 2012

Taking vitamins E and C may do nothing to protect aging eyes from macular degeneration -- the leading cause of vision loss in older adults, a new clinical trial finds. William G. Christen, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the lead researcher.

May 3, 2012

Researchers in robotics, biology, math, and computer science are immersing themselves in the method resembling origami – to look at how materials and molecules wrinkle, drape, flex, and crease. Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, is quoted. Research by Shawn Douglas, HMS research fellow in genetics at the Wyss Institute, is also highlighted.

May 2, 2012

The new accountable care organization model faces conflicting dangers: either it won't be strong enough to upend entrenched incentives or it will be so successful it will prove too politically disruptive to survive. Michael Chernew, HMS professor of health care policy, is quoted.

May 2, 2012

Resveratrol, which is abundant in the skins of grapes, spares mice from the harmful effects of a fatty diet, and work in yeast, fruitflies and roundworms has suggested that the chemical lengthens the lives of these organisms by activating proteins called sirtuins. David Sinclair, HMS professor of genetics, is the lead author of the study.

May 2, 2012

Scientists have caught tiny amounts of a strangely shaped protein — a relative of a well-known suspect in Alzheimer’s disease — spreading destruction throughout the brains of mice. If a similar process happens in the human brain, it could help explain how Alzheimer’s starts, and even suggest new ways to stop the dangerous molecule’s spread. Rudy Tanzi, the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology
at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

May 2, 2012

New research shows that even if you exercise, sitting for long stretches isn’t healthy. Edward Phillips, HMS assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is quoted.

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