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July 2, 2014

Tibetans are comfortable at high altitudes where the air is thin. Now it seems a gene variant that gives them an edge over other people did not evolve in modern humans. It comes from an extinct species of human called the Denisovans. David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, is quoted.

July 1, 2014

The National Institutes of Health announced it will expand its efforts to solve medical mysteries by creating a network of six centers, including one in Boston, that will each receive $7.2 million over the next four years. The new Harvard Center for Integrated Approaches to Undiagnosed Diseases will combine the resources of Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, and Boston Children’s hospitals. A coordinating center at HMS will help route patients to centers across the country and facilitate the sharing of data among the programs. 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, is quoted.

July 1, 2014

Elliott Antman, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate dean for clinical and translational research at HMS, is profiled.

June 30, 2014

Anne Becker has been studying eating disorders for nearly three decades, but it was from her twin 13-year-old daughters that she learned the term “thigh gap.” Her daughters got their Seventeen magazine and pulled up Web site images to show Becker, a psychiatrist and eating disorders specialist at Harvard Medical School, what a thigh gap looks like. “They said kids at school talk about it offhandedly like, ‘Well, you have a thigh gap, so you can have the extra ice cream,’ ” Becker says.

June 19, 2014

New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder. Nadine Gaab, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is one of the researchers.

June 19, 2014

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood advocacy group on Wednesday launched a campaign to protest AT&T’s BabyFirst interactive app, demanding that the company end its partnership with BabyFirstTV, referencing infant learning and development researchers who the CCFC says believe adding a second screen to a baby’s learning environment is "a worrisome escalation." Susan Linn, instructor in psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted.

June 19, 2014

A study published on Thursday found that chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation triggers the release of endorphins - the so-called feel-good hormones - that function through the same biological pathway as highly addictive opiate drugs such as heroin and morphine. David Fisher, the Edward Wigglesworth Professor of Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the study.

June 19, 2014

For women who suffer from symptoms of overactive bladder such as urgency, frequency, and leaking, treatment options include pelvic muscle exercises, bladder management techniques, prescription medications and a newly available over-the-counter patch called Oxytrol for Women. Eman Elkadry, instructor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Mount Auburn Hospital, is quoted.

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