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July 19, 2013

In a new paper, a team of researchers from HMS, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied posts on Twitter to examine how the speed and content of tweets compared with communication over more official channels. Alicia Quesnel, HMS instructor in otology and laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is leading the follow-up of patients with hearing loss and Rumi Chunara, HMS instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is one of the authors of the new study.

July 18, 2013

The mice were eating their usual chow and exercising normally, but they were getting fat anyway. The reason: researchers had deleted a gene that acts in the brain and controls how quickly calories are burned. Even though they were consuming exactly the same number of calories as lean mice, they were gaining weight. Joseph Majzoub, the Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and chief of endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the lead author of the study.

July 17, 2013

Studies presented Wednesday at an Alzheimer’s Association conference in Boston showed that people with some types of cognitive concerns were more likely to have Alzheimer’s pathology in their brains, and to develop dementia later. Rebecca Amariglio, HMS instructor in neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led one of the studies. Reisa Sperling, HMS professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will be leading an upcoming study.

July 17, 2013

Childhood obesity has been a source of deep concern for at least a generation. But after years of widening bike lanes and forcing jicama on elementary school kids, public health officials seem to be making progress. The national childhood obesity rate has leveled off in recent years. And in some parts of the country, research suggests, a decline is underway. Matthew Gillman, HMS professor of population medicine, is a co-author of the study.

July 17, 2013

The rate of addiction to cigarettes is extremely high among Americans who are homeless, experts say, and this population needs better access to methods of helping them quit. Travis Baggett, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the study.

July 17, 2013

Researchers have shown that it is possible to do what had once seemed unthinkable — shut down the extra chromosome that causes the developmental problems and intellectual disabilities in people with Down syndrome. Brian Skotko, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 17, 2013

In the first year of an experimental program to refashion Medicare, four of five Massachusetts networks of hospitals and physicians were able to slow spending by better coordinating medical care for patients. Donald Berwick, HMS lecturer on health care policy, is quoted.

July 16, 2013

Higher amounts of fat in your liver, muscle and blood could lead to weakened bones, according to a new study. Miriam A. Bredella, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study researcher.

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