This week on Thrive: May 3 – May 7

Here’s a look at what Thrive posted earlier in the week.

As Massachusetts’ new anti-bullying laws gained national attention, a teenager shared her story of how she was a victim of bullying at school and online with Thrive readers.

George Taylor, MD, a Children’s Hospital Boston radiologist, recently went to Nepal to work with doctors at the Patan Hospital. He wrote about his experiences for Thrive, saying the trip was inspiring and that he hopes to return to that part of the world and work with Nepalese doctors in the near future.

Yesterday signified the end of Children’s Mental Health Week. Thrive caught up with David DeMaso, MD, psychiatrist-in-chief at Children’s, to discuss Children’s multi-tiered approach to supporting the mental health of children.

For an upcoming series Thrive will feature the writing and photographs of Children’s staffers recently back from Haiti, where they were part of the hospital’s largest relief effort to date. The first post was written by Sarita Chung, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine.

Three years ago scientists perfected a technique to reprogram adult human cells into a pluripotent state, where they could then be studied like embryonic stem cells. This was a medical breakthrough because it gave researchers access to embryo-like cells, while avoiding the sticky ethical issues that accompany the use of cells from human embryos.

Now, researchers at Children’s have found that in at least one instance there are distinct differences between iPS cells and embryonic cells: the way they model diseases.