Real estate investment trust Healthpeak Properties Inc. plans to expand its local portfolio with a $320 million acquisition of The Post, a redeveloped former U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Waltham that is set to be home to the headquarters of robotics company Boston Dynamics. Irvine, California-based Healthpeak (NYSE: PEAK) disclosed the purchase agreement in its fourth-quarter earnings release. The Post spans 426,000…
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In a new discovery, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have detected widespread inflammation in the brains of veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Illness (GWI). These findings, published online in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity on February 3, could serve as a guidepost for identifying and developing new therapies for people with GWI, as well as many other chronic conditions that…
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The Forsyth Institute and former Boston Bruins hockey player and Hall of Famer Ray Bourque are hosting a reception on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Bourque’s North End restaurant, Tresca. Forsyth’s CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Wenyuan Shi and Director of ForsythKids, Kerry Maguire, will give opening remarks. The event will kick off a campaign leading up to Forsyth’s…
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As the coronavirus outbreak shows, viruses are a constant threat to humanity. Vaccines are regularly developed and deployed against specific viruses, but that process takes a lot of time, doesn’t help everyone who needs protection, and still leaves people exposed to new outbreaks and new viruses. Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have uncovered a novel potential antiviral drug…
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Retro Style

A Caenorhabditis elegans worm squirms its way through a compost heap, sensory neurons in its nose helping it navigate oxygen and carbon dioxide cues as it searches for food. The lab of Harvard Medical School geneticist Max Heiman studies these neurons to illuminate nervous system development and uncover clues about how things go awry in humans, leading to neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegeneration. Get more…
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In 2016 and 2017, a surge of mumps cases at Boston-area universities prompted researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to study mumps virus transmission using genomic data, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local university health services. As the outbreaks unfolded, the teams analyzed mumps virus genomes collected from patients, revealing new links…
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everal medications successfully treat an active migraine. But a review of the medical literature from Boston Children’s Hospital finds only weak evidence that drug treatment prevents migraine in children and adolescents. Only two medications — topiramate and propranolol — showed any difference in preventing migraine in this age group compared with a placebo. Joe Kossowsky (Jacob Murphy) The authors reviewed…
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Mind the Gaps

Wearable technology and other mobile data-gathering devices should replace self-reporting diaries to track symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease, a new study from a large industry and academic collaboration argues. The study was published January 17 in Nature Partners Journal Digital Medicine. “For clinicians to effectively manage the disease and for researchers to develop new therapies, high quality data are critical,”…
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Once widely considered an antibiotic- and hospital-associated pathogen, recent research into C. difficile has shown the infection is more frequently acquired outside of hospitals. Now, a team of researchers has shown that GI disturbances, such as those caused by food poisoning and laxative abuse, trigger susceptibility to colonization by C. difficile, and carriers remain C. difficile-positive for a year or longer. “Our work helps…
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Lawyers from one of the area’s biggest law firms will be assisting drug and medical device company founders, thanks to the company’s new partnership with an emerging, venture capital-backed life sciences accelerator. Goodwin has paired up with local life sciences accelerator Petri on the first of what the law firm anticipates could be many early-stage legal assistance initiatives, called Goodwin Labs. The setup…
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