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March 2, 2015

Harvard Medical School researchers have identified a specific class of neurons that help synchronize activity in the cortex, triggering brain waves characteristic of consciousness, perception, and attention. The findings may help to identify therapies in disorders such as schizophrenia. Robert McCarley, professor of psychiatry at Boston VA Medical Center, is co-senior author of the research.

March 2, 2015

The federal government is embarking on a massive study of young people’s use of marijuana, a project with implications for the legalization debate. Staci Gruber, associate professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is quoted.

March 1, 2015

Palliative-care teams—which may include specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others—provide an added layer of support for people facing serious health problems and for their families. Vicki Jackson, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Janet Abrahm, professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Joanne Wolfe, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital; Susan Block, professor of psychiatry at Dana-Farber; Atul Gawande, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Angelo Volandes, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

March 1, 2015

Increased collagen expression is a common feature of many different pathways to extended longevity in worms. Collin Ewald, research fellow in medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Jess Abate, animal technician at the New England Primate Research Center, are coauthors of the research. Keith Blackwell, professor of genetics at Joslin Diabetes Center, is co-senior author. 

March 1, 2015

Lisa Diller, professor of pediatrics at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, participated in a radio interview about how childhood cancer treatments influence life decades later, how survivors can get treatment they need, and new ways of treatment can lessen late effects. 

February 27, 2015

In viral debate over dress’ true color, scientists explain why our brains see objects differently. Joseph Rizzo, David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, is quoted.

February 27, 2015

Nancy Rappaport, associate professor of psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, participated in an interview about the effectiveness of online chat as tool for suicide prevention. 

February 27, 2015

Recent research demonstrates today’s toys are divided by gender at historically unprecedented levels. Campaigns such as Let Toys Be Toys and No Gender December have made international headlines for championing desegregated toy aisles, recommending reorganization by theme or interest. Susan Linn, instructor in psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted.

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