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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.

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.

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