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How a seahorse-shaped brain structure may help us recognize others

(Harvard Medical School) Study in mice reveals an oxytocin-sensitive brain circuit that regulates social memory formation, recognitionResults shed light on brain's ability to sort out confusion by reconciling conflicting social stimuliScientists...Show More Summary

Study Reveals Cancer Therapy's Double-Edged Sword... And How to Blunt It

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Systems Biology have discovered that the remains of tumor cells killed by chemotherapy or other cancer treatments can actually stimulate tumor growth by inducing an inflammatory reaction. Show More Summary

Researchers develop new technique to model transplantation of the human liver

A team of scientists, physicians, and engineers from the Center for Engineering in Medicine (CEM) and the Transplant Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA reported the development of a new technology that enables researchers to better study liver transplantation in a pre-clinical setting. Show More Summary

Pay-for-performance fails to perform

(Harvard Medical School) The first large Medicare pay-for-performance program for doctors and medical practices, which ran between 2013 and 2016, failed to deliver on its central promise to increase value of care for patients.The program...Show More Summary

Social networks and survival: Social ties could help with cancer management

(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital led by Ying Bao, MD, ScD, an epidemiologist in BWH's Channing Division of Network Medicine and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, have found that...Show More Summary

Harvard scientist gets American Heart Association award for identifying optimal treatments for cardiovascular disorders

(American Heart Association) The American Heart Association presented its newest honor, the Joseph A. Vita Award, to Laura Mauri, M.D., of Harvard Medical School and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital, for her "leadership of transformative clinical investigations identifying and clarifying optimal treatment methodologies for a variety of cardiovascular disorders."

Cancer Drug Parity Laws Lower Costs for Many, but Not Everyone

In an analysis of the impact of parity laws published in JAMA Oncology, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and collaborators from Harvard Medical School report modest improvements in costs for many patients. However, patients who were already paying the most for their medications, saw their monthly costs go up.

Parasites suck it up

(Harvard Medical School) Depletion of a fatty molecule in human blood propels malaria parasites to stop replicating and causing illness in people and instead to jump ship to mosquitoes to continue the transmission cycle, according to a new study by an international research team.

Sight unseen

A study led by scientists from Harvard Medical School reveals "hidden" variability in how tumor cells are affected by anticancer drugs, offering new insights on why patients with the same form of cancer can have different responses to...Show More Summary

Is Alzheimer's disease a disorder of energy metabolism?

A team of investigators from McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, led by Kai C. Sonntag, MD, PhD, and Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, has found a connection between disrupted energy production and the development of late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). The findings appear in the current issue of Scientific Reports.

New study reveals breast cancer cells recycle their own ammonia waste as fuel

At a glance: Breast cancer cells secrete ammonia as a byproduct of cellular metabolism, which accumulates in the tumor's surrounding environment. New study in mice and cultured tumor cells by Harvard Medical School researchers reveals...Show More Summary

New study reveals breast cancer cells recycle their own ammonia waste as fuel

(Harvard Medical School) Breast cancer cells recycle ammonia, a waste byproduct of cell metabolism, and use it as a source of nitrogen to fuel tumor growth, report scientists from Harvard Medical School. The insights shed light on the biological role of ammonia in cancer and may inform the design of new therapeutic strategies to slow tumor growth.

Oncotarget: Researchers identify novel therapeutic strategy for drug-resistant thyroid cancers

(Chempetitive Group) New findings by a Harvard Medical School team suggest that palbociclib, a drug that is FDA-approved to treat advanced breast cancer, may be able to overcome vemurafenib resistance in PTC.

Brain training shows promise for patients with bipolar disorder

(McLean Hospital) Researchers at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have discovered for the first time that computerized brain training can result in improved cognitive skills in individuals with bipolar disord...

A dean of admissions on affirmative action in medical school

The news that the Department of Justice is supporting a case against affirmative action at Harvard has led me to reflect on my 38 years of experience in admissions at a New York medical school. When I started out in the late seventies, affirmative action legislation had already been in place for a decade. One of its […]

"Wired" bandage delivers meds on a schedule

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Imagine if a wound dressing could release fresh doses of medication over time, or even different types of medication at specific times. Well, researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have developed...Show More Summary

Harvard Medical School Scientists Receive NIH Director's Awards

Four Harvard Medical School scientists are among 86 recipients nationwide honored by the National Institutes of Health High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.

Smart bandage could promote better, faster healing

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harvard Medical School and MIT have designed a smart bandage that could eventually heal chronic wounds or battlefield injuries with every fiber of its being.

Wear Your Health on Your Sleeve With Color-Changing Tattoo

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

At the corner of science and art, you’ll find smart tattoo ink: a burgeoning technology capable of monitoring health by changing color. Researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and MIT’s Media Lab in […] The post Wear Your Health on Your Sleeve With Color-Changing Tattoo appeared first on Geek.com.

New study from Harvard examines gender differences in obtaining first NIH research award

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A study of more than 5,400 instructors and assistant professors at Harvard Medical School compared differences between males and females for receipt of their first National Institutes of Health research award.

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