Massachusetts Institute of Technology

How the immune system fights off malaria

The parasites that cause malaria are exquisitely adapted to the various hosts they infect—so studying the disease in mice doesn't necessarily reveal information that could lead to drugs effective against ...

Jan 13, 2014
popularity 4 / 5 (2) | comments 0 | with audio podcast

Observing the observers

A kidney transplant is a lifesaving operation—and yet every year in the United States, about 10 percent of donated kidneys go unused, after being rejected by multiple potential recipients.

Jan 06, 2014
popularity 5 / 5 (1) | comments 0

Having Medicaid increases emergency room visits

Adults who are covered by Medicaid use emergency rooms 40 percent more than those in similar circumstances who do not have health insurance, according to a unique new study, co-authored by an MIT economist, that sheds empirical ...

Jan 02, 2014
popularity not rated yet | comments 0 | with audio podcast

Brain: Balancing old and new skills

To learn new motor skills, the brain must be plastic: able to rapidly change the strengths of connections between neurons, forming new patterns that accomplish a particular task. However, if the brain were ...

Dec 09, 2013
popularity 4.8 / 5 (8) | comments 0 | with audio podcast

Biologists ID new cancer weakness

About half of all cancer patients have a mutation in a gene called p53, which allows tumors to survive and continue growing even after chemotherapy severely damages their DNA.

Nov 14, 2013
popularity 4.6 / 5 (10) | comments 0 | with audio podcast

Schizophrenia linked to abnormal brain waves

Schizophrenia patients usually suffer from a breakdown of organized thought, often accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have observed the neural activity that ...

Oct 16, 2013
popularity 4.9 / 5 (15) | comments 6 | with audio podcast

Creating a permanent bacteria barrier

Any medical device implanted in the body attracts bacteria, proteins, and other microbes to its surface, causing infections and thrombosis (blood clotting) that lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually. ...

Oct 11, 2013
popularity 5 / 5 (3) | comments 0 | with audio podcast