With two major exceptions, overlapping surgeries are safe overall

Overlapping surgeries, in which more than one doctor performs sequential surgeries in different operating rooms, have raised concerns about potential adverse outcomes — but a new analysis shows they carry no greater risk for low-risk, noncardiac patients.

Jake Miller • harvard
Feb. 26, 2019 ~7 min

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Exercise, fasting shown to help cells shed defective proteins

A new study from the Blavatnik Institute finds that intense exercise and fasting activate hormones that boost cells’ capacity to dispose of defective proteins, which clog up the cell, interfere with its functions, and, over time, precipitate diseases including neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
Feb. 21, 2019 ~9 min

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Could an extremophile hold the secret to treatment of devastating injuries?

Proteins produced by the tardigrade are suspected of playing a role in the organism’s resilience, ultimately providing the basis for human therapies that halt tissue damage and prevent cell death.

Ekaterina Pesheva • harvard
Jan. 25, 2019 ~15 min

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