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February 26, 2015

Pretreating human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with a small molecule called Ro-31-8425, researchers can increase the expression of the surface receptor CD11a to improve the cells’ ability to target to inflamed tissue, according to a recent study. Such improved homing of MSCs could improve the efficacy of the more than 400 MSC-based treatments currently in clinical trials. Jeffrey Karp, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is senior author; Charles Lin associate professor of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a co-author.

February 26, 2015

There is a delicate balance between preserving individual rights and protecting public health when it comes to vaccines, experts argued at a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on Wednesday. Nir Eyal, associate professor of global health and social medicine, is mentioned.

February 25, 2015

Analyzing blood samples from healthy human fetuses from all three trimester of gestation, researchers have comprehensively mapped the progression of the developing adaptive immune system.  Luigi Notarangelo, Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a co-leader of the research.

February 25, 2015

Concerns have been raised that an increasing number of young men in London are using anabolic steroids. Harrison Pope, professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is mentioned.

February 25, 2015

In 2004, out of the 302 Harvard applicants to medical school, about 40 percent were seniors aiming to continue schooling directly after graduation. The remaining 60 percent were alumni who had taken at least one year off, opting to pursue projects such as a travel fellowship, a different graduate degree like a Master’s or Ph.D., a research project, a teaching or community service experience, or paid employment. Robert J. Mayer, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Medicine and faculty associate dean for admissions, is quoted.

February 25, 2015

Social media platforms—Twitter chief among them—have conspired to blur the boundaries between the trolls and the trolled, with the voices of the unknown amplified, and those of the powerful brought low in the democratized landscape. James Niels Rosenquist, instructor in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted. 

February 25, 2015

Faced with mounting evidence that general anesthesia may impair brain development in babies and young children, experts said Wednesday that more research is greatly needed and that when planning surgery for a child, parents and doctors should consider how urgently it is required, particularly in children younger than 3 years. Charles Berde, professor of anaesthesia (ediatrics)at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted. 

February 24, 2015

A new study tried to tease out the relative importance of genetics vs. environment when it comes to obesity risk. Jean Fain, teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambrdige Health Alliance, is quoted. 


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