New & Noteworthy

Johns Hopkins researchers report that the deletion of any single gene in yeast cells puts pressure on the organism’s genome to compensate, leading to a mutation in another gene. Their discovery,...
Circumstantial evidence suggests a possible connection between the use of acetaminophen and the increasing rate of childhood asthma over the past three decades. However, two UCLA experts caution that...
MGH researchers and their colleagues have used digital versions of a standard molecular biology tool to detect a common tumor-associated mutation in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with brain...
Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a molecular marker called “Mig 6” that appears to accurately predict longer survival -- up to two years -- among patients prescribed two of the most widely...
It was Christmas Day 2011, when Maria Floyd received the call she’d been urgently awaiting. She’d placed a request to Ashish Kamat, M.D., associate professor of Urology at MD Anderson, asking to...
Culling together the results of several genetic research projects, Kimmel Cancer Center researchers and clinicians were able to develop a personalized treatment that has one pancreas cancer patient...
Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, associate professor of Neurology, says shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a serious neurological complication in which pain lingers in an area of previous...
Two newly approved pharmaceuticals – and others in development – may be elemental in a broader treatment strategy to reverse the worldwide obesity problem, a panel of pharmaceutical company...
Finding holds potential for avoiding joint replacement surgery.
Johns Hopkins researchers say that by measuring levels of certain proteins in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), they can predict when people will develop the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s...
“If we can eventually use ultrasound to predict whether certain treatments will work long term, we can improve treatment decision making and provide relief to patients much more quickly.”
Many infants and toddlers experience occasional episodes of wheezing caused by respiratory tract infections, but that doesn’t mean they suffer from asthma, a chronic disorder that causes swelling and...
Researchers say it’s clear that some cases of autism are hereditary, but have struggled to draw direct links between the condition and particular genes. Now a team at the Johns Hopkins University...
Who says a stationary cycle can’t take you places? For thousands of students at 89 universities across the United States who ride them during the Pi Kappa Alpha Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life...
Imagine not being able to feel pain or cold, not being able to swallow and needing an oxygen tank to fly in a plane. Imagine crying without producing tears. Children who have a rare disease called...
Harry Orf, PhD, is determined to make it easier for internal and external audiences to fully grasp the breadth and impact of MGH research.
The initial clinical trial of a novel approach to treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – blocking production of a mutant protein that causes an inherited form of the progressive neurodegenerative...
Exemestane, a synthetic steroid drug widely prescribed to fight breast cancers that thrive on estrogens, not only inhibits the production of the hormone, but also appears to protect cells throughout...
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute have found a chemical biomarker in blood that can predict...
A team of UCLA expertshas introduced refinements to targeted biopsy of prostate cancer, greatly improving the ability to distinguish men who should have treatment from those who could defer. The new...
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have described what may be a newly identified disease that appears to explain some cases of widespread chronic pain and other symptoms in children...
Genomic sequencing experts at Johns Hopkins partnered with pharmacologists at Stony Brook University to reveal a striking mutational signature of upper urinary tract cancers caused by aristolochic...
About half of the men diagnosed with prostate cancerhave low-risk tumors that make them good candidates for active surveillance: regular monitoring of prostate-specific antigen (PSA); annual biopsies...
The initial assessment of a blood test to help diagnose major depressive disorder indicates it may become a useful clinical tool. A team including MGH researchers reports that analyzing levels of...
A review of dozens of studies on the use of statin medications to prevent heart attacks shows that the commonly prescribed drugs pose no threat to short-term memory, and that they may even protect...
A new approach to investigating hard-to-find chromosomal abnormalities has identified 33 genes associated with autism and related disorders, 22 for the first time. Several of these genes also appear...
The field of autoimmunity is complicated and fast-moving, but innovations are changing the way we think about these diseases and, ultimately, how to stop them
Researchers using a new approach to identifying genes associated with depression have found that variants in a group of genes involved in transmission of signals by the neurotransmitter glutamate...
A good night's sleep is critical for a child's growing body and brain. A rested child learns better, remembers more and has an easier time staying focused at school. Children who get enough sleep...
Physicians may soon have a new way to screen patients for Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition usually caused by chronic exposure to stomach acid. Researchers at the Wellman Center for...

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