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Lee Zou, PhD: Understanding Cancer
An MGH Research Scholar Award is letting Lee Zou, PhD, pursue biomedical research into a protein...
New Hope for Stroke Patients
Several treatments are on the cusp of FDA approval…
Tangled Up in Tau
In Alzheimer’s, amyloid-beta protein gets the blame, but is tau the true culprit?
The Problem of Replication
What happens when groundbreaking research gets published in top journal but Replication studies...
No Easy Answers
A ductal carcinoma in situ diagnosis can spur premature action, so should it still be called cancer?
Does This Gene Look Patentable?
A Supreme Court ruling on whether genes can be patented did not give crystal clear answers.
Hard to Conceive
O n December 28, 1981, two days before his 71st birthday, gynecologic surgeon Howard Jones wrote a...
Age of Enlightenment
M uch of what science knows about the human brain has come through deduction. If a stroke or trauma...
Technetium: Nuclear Medicine's Crisis
Aging nuclear reactors often struggle to stay on line, a fact that’s just as true for small...
Model Organs in Miniature
D ruing the late 1990s, Linda Griffith was working in the laboratory of Joseph Vacanti, a pioneer...
Breath Tests: In One Breath
U sing breath to divine the inner workings of the human body is a practice as ancient as...
Same Genes, Different Fates
Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips were one of the most famous pairs of identical twins in the...
Do We Need So Much?
Bloodless surgery is something of a misnomer. There’s bound to be bleeding, even when an operation...
In Finer Focus
Xiaowei Zhuang couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Utilizing super-resolution microscopy...
On the Trail of Drug Risks
There’s a long and winding road to Food and Drug Administration approval for a new drug. First the...
Its nine million members make Kaiser Permanente a giant of American health care. They also put the...
A Second Act for Phages
Almost 100 years ago, in a Paris laboratory, Félix d’Hérelle peered at cultures packed with...
Medical Errors From the Patient’s View
One night a patient got out of bed, fell and hit his head; the incident report that clinicians...
Donald Abrams: The Integrative Oncologist
During the past 25 years, as mounting research has demonstrated the efficacy of treating patients...
Shared Decision Making: On the Same Page
It takes only a few hours to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placed in your...
Venture Philanthropy: A New Driver for Research
Nine-year-old Shan Rée of West Vancouver, British Columbia, was no stranger to hospitals. Since...
Medication: Timely Reminders
I t’s a sad fact of modern medicine that many diseases—cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s—remain...
Cutting Cancer's Power
In this era of cancer genetics, we’ve come to think of cancer as something like a car. Runaway cell...
The Off-Label Debate
About one in five prescriptions is “off label”—that is, a drug prescribed to treat a condition for...
A Malaria Vaccine Clears Another Hurdle
Developing a malaria vaccine is a particularly knotty problem: Vaccines typically can target only...
Are Physicians Wired for Empathy?
Brain studies suggest that doctors learn to suppress normal responses to patients’ suffering.
Multisystem Studies Speed Understanding of Innate Immunity
Recent work at the MassGeneral for Hospital Children’s Developmental Immunology Program reveals...
The Need for Compassion
It has been more than 20 years since the Association of American Medical Colleges last revised its...
Depression: Running Away from the Blues
Could taking a run or going for a swim be an effective alternative to drug therapy in treating...
Antidepressants: Somber Questions
More than one in 10 Americans takes one or more antidepressant medications, and for that large...
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