Daily Rounds: Caritas Hearing Today; Motherhood Triggers Brain Growth; Lifestyle Influences Genetics; The Oldest Galaxy Discovered: House Calls On Facebook

Cerberus has history of tough decisions – The Boston Globe “Over the past decade, it has shut down a Houston mortgage company and fired nearly 800 employees, after first canceling their health insurance. It took a bottling company public without disclosing that it had just lost a major client, then let go hundreds of workers. And it shuttered a Wisconsin paper mill three years after entering the paper business…This morning, at a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court hearing, Caritas and Cerberus face the final hurdle in an approval process that began in the spring.” (Boston Globe)

The real 'mommy brain': New mothers’ grew “Motherhood may actually cause the brain to grow, not turn it into mush, as some have claimed. Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain.” (EurekAlert)

Lifestyle Factors May Alter Genetic Traits, Study Finds | WBUR & NPR“Morris set up an experiment with lab rats to see if the biological consequences of a father overeating could somehow get passed on to his daughters.” Incredibly, it seems, they could. When the researcher looked specifically at the daughters, he found that “all of them had a similar genetic makeup, but those with overweight fathers had some of the same problems that their dads did. They weren't overweight, but their production of insulin was impaired. The finding, says Andy Feinberg, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, is "a way it's saying the metabolic sins of the father can be visited on the daughters.” (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

Astronomers Say They've Found Oldest Galaxy So Far – “Hidden in a Hubble Space Telescope photo released earlier this year is a small smudge of light that European astronomers now calculate is a galaxy from 13.1 billion years ago. That's a time when the universe was very young, just shy of 600 million years old. That would make it the earliest and most distant galaxy seen so far.” (The New York Times)

Nurse spots cancer on Facebook picture | News | Nursing Times ( “Nurse Nicola Sharp…was browsing through friend Michele Freeman’s profile when she saw a flash photo of Michele’s daughter Grace. It showed the two-year-old with a white pupil in her left eye instead of the usual “red eye” effect. Ms. Sharp knew this could indicate an eye tumour and, as a result, the child was diagnosed and treated for retinoblastoma.

Daily Rounds: Stop Texting Now! Mammogram Mixed Messages; Innovation Chief Snapshot; The ADHD Gene; A New Nurturing Planet?

Mass. texting while driving ban begins Thursday – “The new law also prohibits scanning the Internet on a phone or mobile device while driving and bans anyone under 18 from talking on a cell phone while driving. Violators will face fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses. The ban still applies when drivers are at a stoplight.” (

Mammogram Benefit Is Seen for Women in Their 40s – “The study’s conclusions contrast with those of a report last year by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group that issues guidelines on cancer screening, questioning the benefit of screening women younger than 50.” (The New York Times)

New 'Innovation' Chief Comes From 'Model' Health Care System – Kaiser Health News Dr. Richard Gilfillan was just appointed the new acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. "It is one of the most important positions in HHS because almost all of the reform of the delivery system potential hinges on this innovation center. It is as key a position as there is," said Gail Wilensky, who ran the Health Care Financing Administration — now CMS — from 1990 to 1992.” (

Kids with ADHD more likely to have missing DNA – “Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to have missing or extra chromosomes than other children — the first evidence that the disorder is genetic, a new study says.” (Boston Globe)

New Planet May Be Able to Nurture Organisms – It might be a place that only a lichen or pond scum could love, but astronomers said Wednesday that they had found a very distant planet capable of harboring water on its surface, thus potentially making it a home for plant or animal life.” (The New York Times)