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May 14, 2014

Lucid dreams have lit up the big screen in movies. But the ability to control dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams, is quite rare in real life. Now German neuroscientists have taken a step toward giving this elusive power to some run-of-the mill dreamers. Deirdre Leigh Barrett, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

May 13, 2014

If you've come to treat that daily glass of wine as your fountain of youth, it may be time to reconsider. The notion that consuming wine and chocolate, two of our favorite vices, could lead to longer, healthier lives is a tantalizing one. Research by David Sinclair, professor of genetics, is cited.

May 13, 2014

Research by Joe Davis, biological artist at HMS, is profiled. Davis is an artist in residence in George Church’s lab. Yoav Mayshar, research fellow in genetics, is also involved in the project.

May 12, 2014

When Vibram USA reached a $3.75 million settlement on a class action lawsuit last week, much of the commentary around the deal centered on the question of whether or not the shoes come with an injury risk. Irene Davis, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is quoted.

May 12, 2014

A new analysis points out the value of hepatitis C research. The researchers note that in the United States, chronic hepatitis C is the leading cause of death from liver disease and the top reason for liver transplants. Raymond T. Chung, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a coauthor of the piece.

May 12, 2014

A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42 percent of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didn’t need — overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion. Aaron Schwartz, an MD/PhD student in the HMS Department of Health Care Policy, is the lead author of the study. J. Michael McWilliams, associate professor of health care policy, is a senior author of the paper.

May 12, 2014

Matthew Gardiner, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, says that some people occasionally experience visual changes during exercise, but it’s not a common complaint and should not happen often in people who are healthy.

May 12, 2014

Researchers are analyzing pools of patient information collected from routine checkups to help doctors better diagnose their patients. This type of data is easier to mine thanks to the rise in electronic health records that contain information collected in regular doctor visits. Research by Kenneth D. Mandl, professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is cited.

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