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How brains make sense of the visual world 

Successful field trial in Sierra Leone is potential game changer for treatment and containment

Gene previously linked to obesity is unrelated, says new study

Early Europeans, not only Middle Easterners, interbred with ancient human counterparts

Engineered variants double the target range and improve the precision of gene-cutting enzyme

Upcoming symposium on precision medicine highlights importance of patient activism

HMS in the News

July 1, 2015

A landmark report published by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery argues that a lack of access to safe surgical care has a major impact on the health and well-being of people around the world. A public conference at Harvard Medical School on May 6 marked the report’s launch, following a similar meeting in London. John Meara, Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the field of Global Surgery and professor of surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, is one of three commission co-chairs. Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, instructor in surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital; Robert Riviello, instructor in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, are quoted.

June 23, 2015

Researchers will begin recruiting cancer survivors who completed treatments at least six months earlier but are still experiencing moderate to severe levels of cancer-related fatigue for an open-label placebo trial. Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is a coleader of the research.


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