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Fall 2010

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The Teenage Brain

Adolescence is the brain's boom time, a period of rapid development, specialization—and a heedless propensity for excess.

Megastore Medicine

Retail clinics brought grocery-aisle convenience to strep tests and flu shots. Now they're aiming to manage chronic conditions.

Multiple Complications

There's an exceptionally long list of possible causes for multiple sclerosis, and growing evidence that almost all may play a role.

Entry Fee

Zinc fingers could pull gene therapy back from the brink—but only if more researchers can get their hands on the remarkable proteins.

A Trip to Therapy

Untouchable for decades, hallucinogenic drugs are back in the lab, with new research into how they work and what they might achieve.

Message from the MGH

Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana suggest an updated approach to intellectual property rights to optimize innovation.

Second Opinion

Proto readers opine on the effectiveness of physician recertification, Judith Warner’s take on medicating children, stemming a brain drain and reversing blindness.

A “True Superbug”?

A strain of the sometimes-deadly bacteria is defying antibiotics.

The Mind's Healing Power

A pioneer in meditation reflects on the past and future of research into the mind body connection.

Exam Room Jitters

For some patients, doctors provide the cause of, not the cure for, high blood pressure.

Paging Through Mental Illness

Will the next edition of the definitive guide to assessing mental health be too broad?

Lord of the Fly Room

Thomas Hunt Morgan's discoveries won him the Nobel Prize and forever altered American Laboratories.

Should Genes Be Patented?

A federal court recently ruled that they couldn't, whereas supporters and critics continue to debate whether patents foster or hinder innovation.

Simulators Surge

High-tech mannequins and simulation software are becoming more prevalent in medical schools.


Genetic tests can be fraught with false positives and insignificant findings that may undermine their effectiveness.

The Scarlet V

For one woman, a scar left behind by her husband's cancer treatment isn't a disfigurement, but a mark of survival.

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