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June 29, 2008

International team identifies 21 new genetic risk factors for Crohn’s disease
An international consortium of Crohn’s disease researchers has combined data from three independent studies to identify 21 new genetic variants associated with the inflammatory bowel disorder, bringing the total number of risk factors to 32.

June 20, 2008

Cardiovascular risk assessment, treatment vital for HIV patients on therapy
Antiretroviral medications have dramatically reduced the overall death rate among patients with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but those same patients may now face an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

June 18, 2008

Physician Adoption of Electronic Health Records Still Extremely Low, But Medicine May be at a Tipping Point
Despite the promises it offers health care and quality improvement, only a small minority of U.S. physicians have embraced electronic health records (EHR) as a routine part of practice, says a study in the June 19 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

June 16, 2008

Hormone disorder may contribute to lack of menstruation in teenage athletes
Researchers from MGH have found a way to predict which teenage female athletes will stop menstruating, an important risk factor for bone thinning, according to a preliminary study.

June 10, 2008

CT Lung Cancer Screening No Cure-All for Smokers
Screening for lung cancer with computed tomography (CT) may help reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, but it won't protect them from other causes of death associated with smoking.

June 04, 2008

Simple membranes could have allowed nutrients to pass into primitive cells
An MGH research team has found that the sort of very simple membrane that may have been present on primitive cells can easily allow small molecules – including the building blocks of RNA and DNA – to pass thorough.

June 02, 2008

Report confirms increased risk of smoking, substance abuse in bipolar adolescents
An MGH study - the largest and first controlled such investigation - supports previous reports that adolescents with bipolar disorder are at increased risk for smoking and substance abuse.

June 02, 2008

NARSAD Researchers Identify Specific Genes and Family Traits Linked to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Depression
New findings from research conducted by Harvard-affiliated scientists are providing important clues into how genes work to impair various aspects of attention, memory and perception -- the behaviors associated with many psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.


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