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November 21, 2013

New Harvard research provides the strongest evidence to date that eating nuts can reduce a person’s risk of dying from cancer, heart disease and a number of other causes. Ying Bao, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the first author of the study. Charles S. Fuchs, HMS professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the senior author. Jeffrey Drazen, the Parker B. Francis Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, is also quoted.

November 21, 2013

Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries -- yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, HMS instructor in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. Research by Herbert Benson, mind/body medical institute professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is also cited.

November 21, 2013

Women who use oral contraceptives for several years or longer may want to consider having their eyes checked more regularly as they get older. New research suggests that the pills may double their lifetime risk of developing glaucoma, a degenerative eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreated. Research by Louis Pasquale, HMS associate professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is cited.

November 20, 2013

Families often do not understand what a “do not hospitalize” order means, a small study has found. Research by Susan Mitchell, HMS professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is cited.

November 19, 2013

Harvard University President Drew Faust warned Tuesday of continuing to cut scientific research budgets, saying even the nation’s wealthiest university is losing faculty to countries where governments are spending more on research.

November 19, 2013

New genome sequences from two extinct human relatives suggest that these ‘archaic’ groups bred with humans and with each other more extensively than was previously known. Research by David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, is cited.

November 19, 2013

Genetic testing could help better guide doctors’ use of warfarin, new research suggests. The blood-thinning medication is widely used to prevent stroke and heart attack in people with irregular heartbeats. Robert Giugliano, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the lead author of a study cited in the article. Joseph Loscalzo, the Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic and chair of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Patrick Ellinor, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are also quoted.

November 19, 2013

More and more American women are undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging to screen for cancer, according to two new studies. Natasha Stout, HMS assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, led one of the studies.

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