BPA exposure disrupts human egg maturation

Contact: Tom Langford tlangford@partners.org 617-534-1605 Brigham and Women’s Hospital Brigham and Women’s Hospital research could explain why some couples have trouble conceiving              IMAGE:   Images of eggs examined in this study show a properly formed spindle structure with aligned chromosomes (image A) and eggs with spindles of various abnormal shapes and misaligned chromosomes…

83 percent of radiologists did not report seeing the LARGE gorilla in a lung nodule detection task

Contact: Jessica Maki jmaki3@partners.org 617-534-1603 Brigham and Women’s Hospital If you’re not looking for it, you probably won’t see it Brigham and Women’s Hospital study examines sustained inattentional blindness in expert observers Boston—If you were working on something at your computer and a gorilla floated across your computer screen, would you notice it? You would…

Mammogram rate did not decline after controversial USPSTF recommendations

Contact: Tom Langford tlangford@partners.org 617-534-1605 Brigham and Women’s Hospital In 2009, the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommended against annual mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 49 Boston – More than three years after the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine mammogram screening for women between the…

Salt identified as autoimmune trigger

Contact: Bill Hathaway 203-432-1322 Yale University For the past few decades, health officials have been reporting increases in the incidence of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Now researchers at Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute have identified a prime suspect in the mystery — dietary salt. In the…

First-Of-Its-Kind Self-Assembled Nanoparticle for Targeted and Triggered Thermo-Chemotherapy

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2012) — Excitement around the potential for targeted nanoparticles (NPs) that can be controlled by stimulus outside of the body for cancer therapy has been growing over the past few years. More specifically, there has been considerable attention around near-infrared (NIR) light as an ideal method to stimulate nanoparticles from outside the…

Popular pain-relieving medicines linked to hearing loss in wome

Contact: Marjorie Montemayor-Quellenberg mmontemayor-quellenberg@partners.org 617-534-2208 Brigham and Women’s Hospital IMAGE:This is Sharon G. Curhan, M.D. Click here for more information.  BOSTON, MA—Headache? Back pain? At the first sign of pain, you might reach for a pain-relieving medicine to sooth your bodily woes. Analgesics are the most frequently used medications in the United States and are…

Researchers identify phthalates in numeruous medicines and supplements

(Boston) –Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC), in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health, have found numerous prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements use certain chemicals called phthalates as inactive ingredients in their products. The findings appear on-line in Environmental Health Perspectives. Phthalates such as dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP)…