23andMe and Your Genetic Status
23andMe and Your Genetic Status, Genome
Discovering that you or your child may have a rare genetic disorder through a direct-to-consumer genetic test can be empowering.
A New Driver for Research
Disease foundations that use a venture capital model get a stake in the breakthroughs they fund. Not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
This piece won second place in the “Business – small” category of the 2013 AHCJ Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Journalism.
From the Bottom Up
From the Bottom Up, Proto
Infusing colons with donated feces has led to remarkable cures and big questions about what’s safe and what’s next.
In a Heartbeat: Mandatory Screening Saves Infant Lives
A simple blood oxygen level test helps detect critical congenital heart problems.
Seeing Into the Future
Seeing Into the Future, Genome
The first gene therapy for hereditary blindness is close to approval.
Where Have All the Microbes Gone?
Martin Blaser is the director of the Human Microbiome Program at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and a long-time researcher on the effects of microbes on health. His recent book, Missing Microbes, considers why the vast ecosystem of bacteria and other microscopic life is rapidly becoming less diverse—and the dangers that this situation poses.
Are Face-Blindness and Synesthesia Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Are Face-Blindness and Synesthesia Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders?, DanaFoundation.org
Researchers have long known that people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders are not neurologically typical in terms of the structure and function of their brain. Now scientists have started to connect two unusual sense- and perception-related neurological differences to autism: prosopagnosia and synesthesia.
Cannabis and Chronic Pain
Cannabis and Chronic Pain, HealthCentral.com.
Cannabis is legal in more and more states for medical use. What is the evidence for its treatment of chronic pain? What do you need to know before you apply for your medical card?
Artists in the Building
Artists in the Building, HHMI Bulletin
Artist Daniel Kohn spent eight years painting alongside scientists as they worked with test tubes and gene sequencers at the Broad Institute.
Aging Immune System May Explain Cancer Better Than Genetic Mutations
The function of the body’s immune system deteriorates as we age, making us more susceptible to infection. Now, a study published in PNAS in February suggests it could also be a key factor in the development of cancer.
How Depression and Anxiety Can Harm Diabetes Patients
How Depression and Anxiety Can Harm Diabetes Patients, HealthCentral.com
People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know
What a Tick Expert Wants You to Know, HealthCentral.com
What does a CDC epidemiologist want you to know about ticks and tickborne disease?
The Awakening of Oliver Sacks
The final illness of the physician and author happens 100 years after the greatest outbreak of encephalitis lethargica.
Pioglitazone Could Treat Prediabetes After Stroke or TIA
Pioglitazone Could Treat Prediabetes After Stroke or TIA, HealthCentral
New research suggests that the drug pioglitazone could limit stroke risk when used to treat prediabetes in people who have had strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs).
A New Weapon Against Sepsis?
A New Weapon Against Sepsis?, Proto
MGH researcher Biju Parekkadan may have discovered a breakthrough treatment for this global killer.
Speech Pathologist Helps Boston Children’s Turn Care for Lou Gehrig’s Patients Up a Notch
Speech Pathologist Helps Boston Children’s Turn Care for Lou Gehrig’s Patients Up a Notch, Hospitals & Health Networks
John Costello's work with pediatric patients and communication at Boston Children's Hospital has led to advances with ALS patients