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June 18, 2014

Justina Pelletier, who spent 16 months in state custody, is returning to her parents’ custody and the family’s home today.

June 18, 2014

What happened after the federal government warned a decade ago that antidepressants might raise the risk of suicidal thoughts among young people? Instead of declining as hoped, suicide attempts over the next six years showed a small but meaningful uptick among people ages 10 to 29, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal BMJ. That increase followed a substantial drop in the use of antidepressants. Christine Y. Lu, instructor in population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, is the lead author of the study. Steven B. Soumerai, professor of population medicine, is a coauthor. Joseph Gold, assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is also quoted.

June 18, 2014

Two major studies by leading research groups published on Wednesday independently identified mutations in a single gene that protect against heart attacks by keeping levels of triglycerides — a kind of fat in the blood — very low for a lifetime. Sekar Kathiresan, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led one of the studies.

June 18, 2014

The latest study finds no significant increase in heart malformations in babies whose moms used antidepressants during pregnancy. Krista Huybrechts, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study.

June 18, 2014

Edward M. Phillips, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, coauthored this article about the important role doctors can play in promoting lifestyle medicine.

June 17, 2014

As Lyme disease becomes an increasingly challenging public health threat across the Northeast, a growing number of tests for the vexing ailment may be misdiagnosing patients when telling them that they have – or don't have – the tick-borne illness. Andrew Onderdonk, professor of pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

June 17, 2014

Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the healthcare law that President Obama signed four years ago. Kao-Ping Chua, clinical fellow in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is the lead author of the study. Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, also co-authored the new paper.

June 17, 2014

Even as cancer therapies improve, basic questions about drug resistance, tumour spread and the role of normal tissue remain unanswered. Joan Brugge, chair of the Department of Cell Biology at HMS, is quoted.

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