Study: Binge Drinking Alters Brain Development

New research out of UMass-Amherst and Louisiana State University suggests that binge drinking during adolescence may reduce neural connections in the pre-frontal cortex — at least in rats. The study was released this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Hospitals Step Up Apology Process Around Medical Errors

Patient safety advocates say the best way to reduce medical errors is for hospitals to openly acknowledge mistakes and learn from them. But the fear of malpractice lawsuits has gotten in the way of that. A couple years ago, Massachusetts passed a law that supports a more open apology process. Now, two hospital systems are taking that process one step further.

Study: Anesthetic Gas Could Help Treat PTSD

New research out of McLean Hospital suggests that Xenon gas, when administered to rats after a fearful event, can interfere with memory consolidation. Scientists hope these results can eventually lead to a treatment for PTSD in humans.