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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
April 18, 2014

A new app called Wellapets teaches children how to care for their asthma with virtual pets. The app was created by HMS student Alex Ryu.

April 18, 2014

Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. George Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

April 17, 2014

In a major safety advisory, the FDA discouraged surgeons from using a powered cutting tool to remove uterine fibroids. Isaac Schiff, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital; Robert Barbieri, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Hooman Noorchashm, lecturer on surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted. The agency’s review was prompted by media coverage of the case of Amy Reed, instructor in anaesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

April 17, 2014

The world’s largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients. Lowell Schnipper, the Theodore W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the task force chairman.

April 16, 2014

At least 1 in 20 adult outpatients receives an incorrect diagnosis from their doctor, according to a new study. Gordon Schiff, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Lewis Levy, clinical instructor in medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, are quoted.

April 16, 2014

With air pollution getting worse everywhere, we may have to resort to injecting ourselves with oxygen particles. Injectable oxygen has actually been in development for a while now. Cardiologist John Kheir, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is leading the charge.

April 15, 2014

Gifts and payments to US doctors from drug firms are seen by some as encouraging unnecessary prescriptions. Do such transfers make any difference and will President Obama’s healthcare reform help, by forcing companies to disclose them? Research by Eric Campbell, professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is cited. Tom Stossel, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is also quoted.

April 15, 2014

Young adults who occasionally smoke marijuana show abnormalities in two key areas of their brain related to emotion, motivation, and decision making, raising concerns that they could be damaging their developing minds at a critical time, according to a new study by Boston researchers. Jodi Gilman, instructor in psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the lead author. Staci Gruber, associate professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is also quoted.

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