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Researchers are narrowing in on a compelling explanation for narcolepsy: the body at war with itself.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2010, Ben Blackwell, a five-year-old living near Dublin, Ireland, began complaining of headaches and a squealing noise in his head. And even though he’d stopped taking naps t...
Can a refresher course in the laws of natural selection help doctors better understand human health and illness?
Dementia care has an end-of-life problem. The author explores the system’s shortfalls through her mother’s last days.
The next generation of medical software offers extraordinary support. But how can such tools be used to the best effect?
A brief history of quarantine in policy and popular prose.
Exploring 75 years of data, researchers trace the emotional highs and lows in the lives of hundreds of men and their descendants.
Infusing colons with donated feces has led to remarkable cures and big questions about what's safe and what's next.
The success of pediatric cancer therapies has a downside: adults with lingering health problems caused by their treatments.
Telehealth technology takes primary and specialty care to distant patients. But will nagging issues slow its rapid growth?
Using 3-D printers to create skull implants or replacement joints is exciting; running off living organs would be revolutionary.
For patients to be effective partners in their own care requires a basic grasp of medical terms that, shockingly, many don't have.
Trouble with the protein may underlie most kinds of dementia, potentially including Alzheimer's. New drugs could help.
When troubled kids erupt, the traditional view calls for tougher parenting. A new approach substitutes skill building for punishment.
Stephen Friend is looking for new cures in the genes of a million volunteers.
Researchers have harnessed the power of the immune system to remove foreign pathogens from the blood.
A shortfall has repercussions in policy and an international black market.
Wilhelm Röntgen stumbled upon one of medicine’s first imaging techniques 120 years ago.
What is empathy, and how can it be taught to young doctors?
Animals may hold a key to cancer’s origins and treatment.
Five state legislatures now allow terminal patients to circumvent the FDA. Will this new path to experimental drugs help or hurt?
An immigrant physician’s daughter defines her American dream.
New approaches can combat the steep costs of caring for dementia patients.
A wounded World War II veteran transformed thinking about artificial limbs.
In one metric — inpatient stays — hospitals are seeing a steady decline.
Treating the epidemic means re-evaluating a public health tool with a storied past.
New digital systems can help keep infectious agents at arm’s length — or further away.
A new documentary explores health care inequality in rural America, and why the Affordable Care Act isn’t enough.
New research suggests that having a positive outlook may improve health and longevity.
Internist and researcher Martin Blaser believes that disturbances in the gut may underlie several modern maladies.
Reflections on being a minor character in a disaster drill.
Beds for psychiatric care are steadily declining. What can be done?
The mysteries of celiac disease prove to be more intricate than expected.
A funding shift may encourage more fundamental brain research.
Cartoonist Ben Schwartz discusses the visual side of learning medicine.
Longitudinal studies have provided both puzzles and insights about human health and well being.
Epidemiologist Carolyn Greene aims to use electronic health records to track chronic disease trends.
A brief history of the observation and study of PTSD
A century ago, chemist Søren Sørensen invented what would become a crucial diagnostic tool: the pH scale.
A new micro-imaging “pill” lets doctors peer inside the esophagus and beyond.
Families of returning veterans sometimes develop mental health problems of their own. An MGH team studies the problem and looks for solutions.
An MGH program in South Africa partners with young women to research the earliest phase of HIV infection.
The storied award from MGH goes to a molecular biologist breaking new ground in cancer genetics.
The connection between aspirin use and a reduced risk for certain cancers is becoming clearer. MGH researcher Andrew Chan outlines who stands to benefit most.
Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak discusses how research on chromosomes led to current investigations into Earth's first organisms.
MGH’s pioneering telestroke network brings virtual consultations to outlying hospitals
Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana on the value of reproducing research.
MGH’s clinical research center, opened in 1925, created a model for the NIH to open similar facilities across the country.
In the 1980s physician Miguel Ribeiro took stunning photographs of his South African patients. How has the nation’s health care fared in the years since?
The move to electronic medical records may be helping identity thieves.
Artist Danny Quirk paints the living structures of the body on live models.
Artists use medical scans of tumors to make stunning, informative sculptures
SARS led to the discovery of "super-spreaders," who can infect dozens of people. They also exist, it appears, in other infectious diseases.
Charting the progression of today’s hospital terror.