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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.

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

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.

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.

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