Latest Harvard Medical School in Boston Stories

2012-11-29 13:21:48

CHICAGO — Visceral, or deep belly, obesity is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). "It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss," said Miriam Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of...

Coffee Linked With Decreased Risk For Skin Cancer
2011-10-25 13:36:14

New research announceded on Monday offers evidence that drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of a common and slow-growing type of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma. Scientists from Brigham and Women´s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston examined the risks of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma in connection with coffee consumption and found the decreased risk was only seen in BCC. The team presented their...

2010-11-01 22:07:23

Researchers, clinicians and parents gather to discuss latest autism research The Autism Consortium, an innovative Boston area collaboration of researchers, clinicians, funders and families dedicated to catalyzing research and enhancing clinical care for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), announced that it will begin a new initiative on Translational Medicine and Autism Therapeutics. The new focus was introduced at the Consortium's fifth annual symposium held October 26th, 2010, at Harvard...

2009-11-05 14:03:48

The Autism Consortium, an innovative collaboration of researchers, clinicians, funders and families dedicated to catalyzing research and enhancing clinical care for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), held its fourth annual symposium on October 28th, 2009, at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The meeting gave scientists, clinicians, advocates and parents an opportunity to gather for the latest information on causes of autism and their implications for diagnosis, prognosis and therapies for...

2009-07-23 09:55:00

Overweight and obese people may face more struggles with losing weight during tough economic times, according to a report issued on Wednesday. Lead researcher Dr. Jason Block of Harvard Medical School in Boston said that although doctors know that stress can be the root of many health issues, experts have little evidence to show its impact on weight gain. "Where you start in terms of your weight seems to matter in how stress is associated with weight gain," Block, who conducted the research...

2008-12-30 16:19:52

Women who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements, according to data from a randomized controlled trial in the December 30 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Epidemiological studies have suggested that people whose diets are high in fruits and vegetables, and thus antioxidants, may have a lower risk of cancer. Results from randomized trials that address the issue,...

2008-12-03 12:40:00

It was announced on Tuesday that there is no evidence that brand-name drugs given to care for heart and other cardiovascular situations work any more effectively than their less expensive generic equivalents.  The data opposes the opinions of several doctors and patients that more expensive brand-name drugs are clinically more advanced, stated Dr. Aaron Kesselheim of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, who was the leader of the study. Kesselheim and...

2008-10-20 06:00:22

TheraGenetics Limited, a personalized medicine diagnostics company that is developing and commercializing a portfolio of pharmacogenetic diagnostic tests to guide and improve the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders, announced today that Richard Kivel, Chief Executive Officer of TheraGenetics will present at the 2008 Boston Biotech R&D Conference, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on October 22, 2008 at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. TheraGenetics' presentation will be...

2008-09-26 09:00:00

Researchers claim they developed a safer way to make powerful stem cells from ordinary skin cells, improving research focused on so-called regenerative medicine.They used a common cold virus to carry transformative genes into ordinary mouse cells and made them look and act like embryonic stem cells.If it can be replicated with human cells, it may offer a safe way to test cell therapy to treat diseases such as sickle cell anemia or Parkinson's, Konrad Hochedlinger of Massachusetts General...

2008-05-19 10:15:00

Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston reported Sunday that pregnant women who are under stress due to financial problems, relationships or other issues may be putting their babies at greater risk for allergies, asthma and other conditions.   The research, presented in Toronto during a meeting of the American Thoracic Society, suggests that stress during pregnancy could have long-lasting health effects on the baby. "This research adds to a growing body of evidence that...

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