New & Noteworthy

Domestic and international medevac memberships gain in popularity
A new resort in Northern Virginia focuses on well-being, from country pursuits to cozy spa treatments and healthful cuisine.
Southern California's Rancho Santa Fe hosts top cycling professionals for a personalized coaching program.
Sous vide locks in vitamins, minerals, and intense flavor.
For Wendy Schmidt, maintaining personal equilibrium also means paying attention to the balance of life systems around us. “Our personal health is linked to environmental health,” she says. “To be...
Their names grace jars of sauces, covers of cookbooks, and of course, the marquees of their four-star dining establishments. But so far, the nation’s master chefs have not lent their monikers to...
The debate over whether video games improve cognitive function or eat away at it like Pac-Man has been raging ever since Atari’s heyday. While no definite consensus has been reached, scientists at...
With the help of nanotechnology, scientists can now find the one cancerous cell in a blood sample. A new device, called the circulating tumor cell chip, or CTC, was developed at Massachusetts General...
The risk of developing diabetes increases as people grow older, heavier and less active; about 20 percent of the population between the ages of 60 and 74 has diabetes. Older individuals with diabetes...
Dr. Nestor R. Gonzalez came to the United States from his conflict-torn homeland to build a career and advance the frontiers of medical knowledge. With an unusual combination of expertise in both...
Our vision depends on exquisitely organized layers of cells within the eye’s retina, each with a distinct role in perception. Johns Hopkins researchers say they have taken an important step toward...
A packed winter social calendar, endless temptations for fattening holiday foods and mounting holiday expenses may make you want to hide under the covers until spring. Could you be suffering from the...
A team of surgeons, audiologists and nurses from the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently performed an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) on a 16-month-old patient – the youngest person...
Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients.
You’ve probably read about calcium and vitamin D in the news, where headlines highlight the need for these crucial nutrients — and the fact that most of us don’t get enough of them. What doesn’t make...
Does Angelina Jolie have you thinking about genetic testing? Read this first.
Massachusetts General Hospital research has found that insulin production may persist for decades after the onset of type 1 diabetes. Beta cell functioning also appears to be preserved in some...
Like many innovations in medicine, this discovery began as a problem. In the early 1990s, radiologists began using positron emission tomography, a type of body-scanning technology, to hunt for...
Many head and neck cancer patients and others requiring surgery for benign lesions of the mouth and throat — including sleep apnea patients — may be candidates for minimally invasive transoral...
A 72-year-old patient is losing weight. His primary care provider believes the cause may be a stomach virus he recently contracted, but it is hard to be certain – the weight loss has been gradual,...
Irene Pollin, a passionate health advocate and founder of a national organization devoted to heart disease prevention in women, has made a $10 million gift to the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention...
Dallas-based businesswoman, philanthropist, volunteer and environmentalist Lyda Hill has pledged $50 million to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program. Her transformational gift is the largest single...
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is an intricate network of neurons and glial cells present in the wall of the intestine and responsible for regulating critical functions of the gastrointestinal (GI...
For newlyweds Peter Mundel, MD, and Anna Greka, MD, PhD, the most wonderful wedding gift was learning that a paper they co-authored was accepted by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Greka...
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can be a complex disease to treat. As part of Massachusetts General Hospital's multidisciplinary approach for IBD management, patients receive treatment from an...
Vision evaluation should be a key part of any primary-care exam. Whether it's an easily treatable problem such as cataracts or warning signs of more serious conditions such as retinal detachment, age...
An assay designed to measure normal and abnormal forms of the huntingtin protein – the mutated form of which causes Huntington's disease – was successful in detecting levels of the mutant protein in...
More than one in 10 Americans takes one or more antidepressant medications, and for that large chunk of the population, recent events surely have been unsettling. Three books published in 2010 were...
Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that develop when bile - composed of water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins and waste - stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-...
New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in fibromyalgia patients. Results published in...

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