Taking the “Ewww”… out of snail cream
June 17, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

Great news for all those women (and men) who have wanted to try the beautifying effects of snail slime but could never get past the “ick” factor. 20yrsyounger.com promises to get rid of the Ewww… while still letting women reap the anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits of snail slime cream. The process itself is called lyophilisation [...]

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How Mosquitoes Detect People
December 16, 2013 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
How Mosquitoes Detect People

How Mosquitoes Detect People Researchers discovered a receptor that mosquitoes use to detect both carbon dioxide and skin odor, and they identified compounds that interact with the receptor. The findings may help guide strategies to control mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. Mosquitoes have an amazing ability to zero in on us from afar and [...]

Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment

Gut Microbes May Affect Cancer Treatment The effectiveness of certain cancer therapies may depend on microbes that live in the intestine, according to a study in mice. The findings suggest that antibiotics used to treat infections might hinder the effects of anti-cancer therapies. The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut. Credit: Centers [...]

Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease

Study Reveals New Targets for Parkinson’s Disease Scientists used a novel approach to identify dozens of genes that may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The discoveries may also yield insights into other disorders that involve mitochondria, the organelles that serve as power plants for our cells. Mitochondria convert compounds derived from food into the molecules that [...]

Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing
December 9, 2013 – 8:24 pm | No Comment
Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing

Genetic Testing Doesn’t Improve Warfarin Dosing Adding genetic data to clinical information doesn’t improve the ability to determine initial doses of warfarin, a common blood thinner. The finding contradicts earlier studies and highlights the importance of using clinical trials to assess the role of genetics in optimizing treatments. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, is an [...]

Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism
November 25, 2013 – 8:10 pm | No Comment
Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism

Eye Contact Declines in Young Infants with Autism Beginning as young as 2 months of age, infants later diagnosed with autism show a steady decline in eye contact that might be the earliest marker yet for the disorder. If confirmed, the finding might lead to earlier autism diagnosis and treatment. Autism is a complex brain [...]

Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
November 25, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment
Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gut Microbes Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis The presence of a specific type of gut bacteria correlates with rheumatoid arthritis in newly diagnosed, untreated people. The finding suggests a potential role for the bacteria in this autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in [...]

Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed
November 25, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment
Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed

Key HIV Protein Structure Revealed Researchers have developed a more detailed picture of the protein largely responsible for enabling HIV to enter human immune cells and cause infection. The findings could help guide vaccine design. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infects more than 34 million people worldwide. Once in the body, HIV attacks and [...]

Strong sense of purpose unites Harvard’s six Rhodes Scholars
November 24, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment
Strong sense of purpose unites Harvard’s six Rhodes Scholars

A new setting — Oxford — for bold visions Their interests range from exploring the nexus of medicine, psychology, and sexuality to applying statistics to immunology research, but one thing Elizabeth Byrne, Alexander Diaz, Aurora Griffin, Andrew Lea, Paolo Singer, and Katherine Warren have in common is a desire to change the world for the [...]

How Rwanda Is Dramatically Expanding Its Health Workforce
November 21, 2013 – 10:07 pm | No Comment
How Rwanda Is Dramatically Expanding Its Health Workforce

How Rwanda Is Dramatically Expanding Its Health Workforce Innovative partnership aims to bridge human resource On the heels of a World Health Organization warning in Brazil last week that the world faces a shortage of 7.2 million health workers, a special report published Nov. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine marks a pivot [...]

Head of the Class
November 21, 2013 – 9:30 pm | No Comment
Head of the Class

Head of the Class Giant skull and foot models donated to Warren Anatomical Museum Thomas Dwight lectures to medical students in 1906 using two skull models. The one at right has just been donated to the Warren Anatomical Museum, while the one at left is still used today in the teaching of anatomy. Image: Photograph [...]