medical research

For one-quarter of the patients in US children’s hospitals taking at least one antibiotic, the treatments are unnecessary or otherwise “suboptimal,” according to new research. “Antibiotic resistance is a growing danger to everyone; however, there is limited data on children. Data on adults have suggested that 30% to 50% of antibiotics used in hospitalized adults… Read more

When she was 24, Susannah Cahalan developed a sudden psychosis. She grew paranoid — convinced her apartment was infested with bedbugs, that people were spying on her, that her boyfriend was cheating. She started to believe she could age people with her mind. As she recounted in her 2013 bestseller, “Brain on Fire: My Month… Read more

Female scientists were 21% less likely to contribute invited commentaries to medical journals during a five-year period than males with similar scientific expertise, seniority, and publication metrics, indicates a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health[1]. They found that the disparity was larger for women who were further progressed… Read more

An existing technique has been adapted to study the melting behaviour of proteins so that it can be used for the study of bacteria. Thermal proteome profiling (TPP) was developed in 2014 (Savitski et al., Science 2014) and enables scientists to compare the melting behavior of all proteins in a cell or organism before and… Read more

Some medical experiments are more daunting than others. The one that neurologist Helen Mayberg came up with to test a model of depression she had developed over about 15 years involved drilling two holes in the top of a patient’s skull and sliding two low-voltage electrodes deep into the brain until they reached a region… Read more