epidemiology

Can a KISS Predict Breast Cancer?

January 27, 2012

The most common cause of death from breast cancer is not the primary tumor, but metastatic disease, when the cancer travels and takes root in the brain. About 1 in 5 women with metastatic breast cancer will contract a brain lesion, and median [Read more]

Lonely Hearts, Disrupted Sleep

November 8, 2011

Loneliness has had a tough run of late, with a growing body of research blaming it for everything from high blood pressure to heart disease to depression and cognitive decline. The research group of John Cacioppo, director of the Center for [Read more]

How to Recycle Cancer GWAS Data

June 6, 2011

In the 2000s, a new kind of genetic experiment was born: the genome-wide association study, or GWAS. If geneticists could recruit enough people with a particular disease and compare them to an equal number of disease-free controls, they believed [Read more]

Two Public Health Wrongs Make It Worse

May 11, 2011

Today, nearly everyone is aware of the dangerous health effects of smoking cigarettes. Even fewer people would deny the harmful effects of drinking water contaminated with arsenic. But when these two toxic influences are mixed together, is the sum [Read more]