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January 20, 2014

HMS student Nathaniel P. Morris authored this opinion piece about examining the difference between signs and symptoms.

January 20, 2014

The term “X chromosome” has an air of mystery to it, and rightly so. Today, scientists know the X chromosome much better. It’s part of the system that determines whether we become male or female. But the X chromosome remains mysterious. Research by Jeannie T. Lee, professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is cited.

January 20, 2014

It may come as a surprise that Finland — one of the least polluted, wealthiest countries, where average life expectancy is among the world’s highest — has the highest rate of Type 1 diabetes. Some researchers suspect there may be a connection between Finland’s cleanliness and the incidence of the disease there. Ramnik Xavier, the Kurt J. Isselbacher Professor of Medicine in the Field of Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

January 20, 2014

UVA exposure reduces human blood pressure by releasing nitric oxide metabolites from storage in the skin. Thomas Michel, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

January 17, 2014

The viral video “What Does the Spleen Do” is an Internet sensation. The parody of “What Does the Fox Say” is the creation of a group of Harvard medical students to promote science education. HMS student Alex Power-Hays appeared on The Morning Show on NECN.

January 17, 2014

Annie Brewster, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this piece about a patient with West Nile Virus who received his care at MGH and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Brewster is also a producer of the audio and founder of Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit dedicated to harnessing the healing power of stories.

January 17, 2014

Although genome-wide association studies have revealed numerous risk loci associated with diverse diseases, they have also been tantalizingly short on detail. Researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife have found a way to track patterns within regulatory regions in a number of species close or distant to humans. Melina Claussnitzer, research fellow in medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is one of the authors of the study.

January 16, 2014

Robert Green, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was a guest on the BBC’s Inside Science to discuss personal genome testing kits.

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