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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 17, 2014

Kenneth Mayer, professor of medicine at Fenway Community Health Center, authored this opinion piece for The New York Times' Room for Debate section about the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to curb H.I.V. infections and AIDS.

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.

June 17, 2014

Arnold Relman, professor of medicine, emeritus, who led the New England Journal of Medicine for more than 13 years, died of cancer early Tuesday on his 91st birthday.

June 16, 2014

Confusion about cholesterol is common: Surveys of adults around the world show that although most people are concerned about their cholesterol, fewer than half know recommended cholesterol levels or understand what those numbers mean for their health. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine, and Paul Ridker, the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, both of Brigham and Women's Hospital, are quoted.

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