Trends in Medicine Weekly News Roundup: 5-26-17

Stay current on the latest medical news and trends!

Here are some of the stories we have been following from Harvard Medical School and our affiliated hospitals, instructors, and researchers for the week of May 22:

Mapping Protein Interactions – HMS News
HMS researchers have mapped the protein interactions of more than 5,800 genes—identifying more than 56,000 unique, and for the most part, previously unknown “protein-to-protein interactions.” The mapped data, known as the BioPlex network, have been made publically available to assist other researchers with their studies.
Read more: Social networking for the proteome, upgraded. by Kevin Jiang

Generating Blood-Forming Stem Cells – HMS News
The goal of generating human blood cells just got one step closer with the announcement that pluripoint blood cells were used to successfully generate blood forming stem cells in a study by researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.
Read more: Nearing the Finish Line by Nancy Fliesler

Testing an Anti-Aging Pill – CBS Boston
CBS News featured professor David Sinclair in this article about Sinclair’s discovery of a molecule “proven to reverse aging in mice.”
Read: Harvard Researcher To Begin Testing Anti-Aging Pill

Chronic Viral Infection – HMS Paper Chase
Studies “identifying miR-31 as an important regulator of T cell exhaustion in chronic infection” are highlighted in this abstract from researchers in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School.
Read: THE MICRORNA MIR-31 INHIBITS CD8(+) T CELL FUNCTION IN CHRONIC VIRAL INFECTION.

Robotic Rehab on the Horizon – Science Daily
Researchers studying walking and stability have made strides using robots to test how certain forces changed the gaits of test subjects wearing exoskeletons in a study to help them one day design robot-assisted gait therapy for rehab patients.
Read: Shedding light on how humans walk, with robots from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Studying Cardiovascular Exercise – Harvard Health Publications
The authors of this study touting the life-lengthening benefits of cardiovascular exercise performed extensive reviews of published research on the subject, including data from over 55,000 people who were followed for more than 15 years.
Read: Run for your (long) life by Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Be sure to visit HMS Global Academy often as we continue to upload new accredited and nonaccredited online courses over the coming months.


Coming Soon: Collaborative Care Approaches for the Management of OUD

This free accredited course focuses on collaborative care strategies for treating patients with opioid use disorder, including: provider roles and regulatory requirements; patient evaluation and patient education; transitioning between medications; potential misuse, relapse, and safer use; and caring for pregnant women and other special populations with OUD.


 

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