How many #marijuana puns can you fit in a lead? Find out as #Massachusetts opens its first recreational #pot shops.

Hey bud. It’s a green day in Massachusetts. Not to be blunt, but it's a stone-cold fact –  marijuana /weed/ kush/grass goes on sale legally at two stores today. Medical marijuana has been on sale for a more than a year. Now, leaf peepers can score over the counter. Recreational operations  with names like Commonwealth … Continue reading How many #marijuana puns can you fit in a lead? Find out as #Massachusetts opens its first recreational #pot shops.

STAT: :Neuroinflammation is where we’re going to find [Alzheimer’s] drugs.”

That's what Rudolph Tanzi, a prominent Alzheimer's researcher at MGH says about the work of Robert Moir, a member of his team.  A story in STAT last week -- which ran in today's Globe - chronicles Moir's struggle to get funding for a theory that Alzheimer’s disease is a triggered by microbes in the brain. "If true, the … Continue reading STAT: :Neuroinflammation is where we’re going to find [Alzheimer’s] drugs.”

Talk: Can we predict and #prevent #suicide?

Students are rolling back into town, and many of them will already be stressed out. Some will try suicide; some will succeed. As the CDC reported this summer, suicide rates are rising. Can suicide be prevented? A top researcher asking that question will be in town Thursday. It's a bit of a hoof and in … Continue reading Talk: Can we predict and #prevent #suicide?

From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

Not at the same time. Two Boston items. SEPSIS Public Citizen argues that a clinical trial of a new approach to sepsis is unethical. One of the lead investigators is at BIDMC. From NPR: A consumer advocacy organization is asking federal health officials Tuesday to halt a large medical study being conducted at major universities … Continue reading From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

Biogen Blues Band rocks East Cambridge block party

Some co-workers organize softball teams. Others start bands. There are enough of them in Cambridge for an annual Battle of the Biotech Bands. Last week, the Biogen Blues Band played for a local block party. https://youtu.be/Z7nTP0uxIrc

Don’t like your #selfie? BU docs say more are asking for facial asymmetry and eyelid #surgery

The term "Snapchat dysmorphia" is a little deceiving.  Two BU plastic surgeons, writing   in a JAMA plastic surgery journal,  say:  A new phenomenon, dubbed “Snapchat dysmorphia,” has patients seeking out cosmetic surgery to look like filtered versions of themselves instead, with fuller lips, bigger eyes, or a thinner nose.7 This is an alarming trend because those filtered … Continue reading Don’t like your #selfie? BU docs say more are asking for facial asymmetry and eyelid #surgery

8/6 Science in the News in the summer in a bar in Somerville

From Science by the Pint Monday, August 6th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144) (directions) Dr. Elma Zaganjor, Ph.D. and Dr. Jessica Spinelli, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Scientists Dr. Marcia Haigis’s Lab, Harvard Medical School Fuel for the Fire: How cancer cells alter their metabolism during tumor development (247 Elm St, Somerville, … Continue reading 8/6 Science in the News in the summer in a bar in Somerville

Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

Not sure how STAT played this on their site. In the the print version of The Boston Globe, it ran it on A1 Thursday Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease The follow-up in today's print edition ran on B12, with this headline: Interpreting an Alzheimer's trial. Have yet to find in on … Continue reading Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

Umass doc weights in on this. Also see research from Silent Spring Institute. AAP release here.   From Times: “Because hormones act at low concentrations in our blood, it is not surprising that even low-level exposures to endocrine disrupters can contribute to disease,” said Laura N. Vandenberg, an assistant professor in the department of environmental health … Continue reading UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest

Probably not, but you never know. Maybe someone will get lucky. Also know that today's (Thursday) cancer mini-golf tournament is rescheduled to Friday. Be a Medicine Hunter April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Novartis, 22 Windsor St. Cambridge USA  Novartis scientists are hunting for new medicines that will change the practice of medicine and improve patients’ lives. Meet … Continue reading Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest