From STAT, adapted from “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.” Author Carl Zimmer will be at Harvard Book Store. 7 pm, 5/30 Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Details, Abstract. "Thousands of species of microbes can live a single spoonful of soil. Although microbiologists have been naming species of bacteria … Continue reading Reading: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity.
Two items worth checking out. Robert Weisman's Globe story on technology to address hearing loss. Millions of boomers are now grappling with hearing loss — some of it caused by turning the volume to 11 — prompting companies to develop treatments that improve upon the expensive and often limited-value hearing aids and surgical implants that … Continue reading What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss
Gary Taubes' sugar takedown continued in the NYTimes SundayReview, including reference to the late Fred Stare, founder of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health. In the 1970s Stare was reportedly paid to exonerate sugar in journal supplement, “Sugar in the Diet of Man,” STATNews refers to the case of another Harvard … Continue reading At Harvard, heroes and villians, sugar and supplements
A local man has been crippled by a growth on his spine that developed after he traveled overseas to a so- called stem cell clinic. The growth was not from his own cells. So, not only is the treatment untested, doctors don't know what to do about the bad outcomes. Here's the technical explanation from … Continue reading NEJM: One man’s tragic try at “stem cell” therapy. Will we soon be seeing ads for overseas CRISPR clinics?
After pushing mammograms for years, breast cancer advocates have had a hard time pulling back. Still the evidence keep piling up that message about surviving breast cancer is more complicated than early detection. What this study by Boston researchers doesn't measure: the scores of women who say -- If there's a chance it's cancer, I … Continue reading 2 Boston studies: Breast cancer costs and medical records benefits
From CommonHealth Debating Vitamin D: Leading Docs Still Wrangling On Best Dose For Patients Globe on Snow Shoes for exercise. (It's too deep to x-country ski.) Strap on your snowshoes and head out. Snowshoeing is one of the best winter exercises for staying fit, says Matt Heid, a contributing editor and blogger for the Appalachian … Continue reading Coping with life in the snow maze #BOSnow