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March 25, 2015

Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed two years ago in The New York Times, taking millions of readers on an intimate journey behind her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. On Tuesday, the actress boldly acknowledged in the Times that she has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to minimize her cancer risk. Reactions to her article were swift and generally positive from many in the medical community, as well as from women who, like the actress, have a BRCA gene mutation. Ursula Matulonis, associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Christopher Crum, professor of pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted. 

March 25, 2015

Experts weigh in on why portrayals of psychopaths on TV draw so many viewers. Ronald Schouten, associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hosptial, is quoted.   

March 25, 2015

Mattel Inc.’s Hello Barbie, a new doll that can hold Siri-like conversations with kids, was meant to help spur a turnaround for the company. Instead, it’s drawn the ire of one of the toy industry’s most influential critics.  Susan Linn, instructor in psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted. 

March 24, 2015

In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them. Lu Qi, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

March 24, 2015

Over the last decade, oxytocin has been steadily making quite a name for itself. Study after study has shown that the brain chemical plays a crucial role in how we connect to others by encouraging pair bonding and fostering trust, all the while calming our fears and anxieties. And as a bonus, it appears the “love” or “cuddle” hormone is also instrumental in maintaining healthy body weight. Now, a series of experiments at Harvard Medical School may start to shed some light as to why this is. Elizabeth Lawson, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the latest study. 

March 24, 2015

If you've been watching infomercials or flipping through a magazine lately, you may think testosterone could be a cure-all. The "low T" movement, also known as "andropause," targets aging men for their declining testosterone levels. And over the past decade, it's become a multibillion-dollar industry. Abraham Morgentaler, associate professor of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted. 

March 24, 2015

Anew Cambridge biotech will be working on a treatment using stem cells that could let children and adults with Type 1 diabetes do something their bodies currently cannot: produce their own insulin, the hormone that keeps blood sugar levels in balance. Douglas Melton, Xander University Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology, and Peng Yi, member of the faculty of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, are mentioned. George King, professor of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, is quoted. 

March 23, 2015

In a Finnish study spanning 26 years, kids exposed to parental smoking were more likely to develop plaque in their carotid arteries as young adults than kids who were not exposed to secondhand smoke. Karin Michels, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted. 

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