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May 23, 2013

In the early days of the light bulb, Thomas Edison assured people his invention wouldn’t harm health or disrupt sleep. But as we increasingly migrate toward a 24/7 plugged-in society, Harvard sleep expert Charles Czeisler, the Frank Baldino, Jr.,Ph.D. Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, casts doubt on that assurance.

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

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.

May 21, 2013

After a massive tornado ripped a path of devastating destruction through Moore, Okla., parents are once again faced with the task of talking to their children about a frightening event. Experts stress that there is no right or wrong way to have these conversations with your kids. There are, however, ways to make these discussions more meaningful. Jeffrey Brown, HMS assistant clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is quoted.

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 20, 2013

Biology Professor Eric S. Lander, the founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, was awarded the 2012 Harvey Prize in a ceremony April 30 at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, for his contributions to the field of genomics.

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