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July 14, 2014

Doctors hope students returning to school this fall have one crucial item checked off their back-to-school lists: receiving a pertussis booster shot. Lawrence Madoff, lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Jeffrey Gelfand, clinical professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

July 14, 2014

Fitness tracking monitors promise to lead to all sorts of results: You’ll melt off fat just by monitoring your steps; eat better by tracking your food intake; get better sleep. But the fitness devices can cost as much as hundreds of dollars, and often aren’t as helpful as users hope they will be. Consumers should consider carefully whether a fitness monitor is worth the purchase, researchers advise in a Harvard Health Publications report. Anne Thorndike, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 13, 2014

A simple test of a person’s ability to identify odors and noninvasive eye exams might someday help doctors learn whether their patients are at risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new studies. Research by Reisa Sperling, professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is featured. Matthew E. Growdon, a fifth-year student in a joint program between Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, was one of the researchers on the study.

July 13, 2014

In a few weeks, clinical psychologist Robert Franks will take over leadership of the Judge Baker Children's Center, a century-old Harvard affiliated center that addresses children’s mental health. There’s a lot more that can be done to support children’s mental health, said Franks, currently an assistant clinical professor at the schools of medicine at both Yale University and the University of Connecticut.

July 11, 2014

A campaign has been launched by the nonprofit Institute of Patient-and Family-Centered Care, called Better Together, to persuade hospitals to eliminate restrictive visiting hours and permit families, broadly defined, to remain with loved ones throughout their stays, even in intensive care units. Sharon Inouye, professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is quoted.

July 11, 2014

A new study indicates that malnutrition during pregnancy can affect the sperm of male offspring. Mary-Elizabeth Patti, assistant professor of medicine at Joslin Diabetes Center, is one of the leaders of the study.

July 11, 2014

A Boston-based team published proof Thursday that one of the most alluring ideas in cancer care can work: Exceedingly rare tumor cells can be filtered from a patient’s blood sample and used to noninvasively monitor the evolution of cancer and identify the most promising treatments. Daniel Haber, the Kurt J. Isselbacher/Peter D. Schwartz Professor of Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, oversaw the study.

July 9, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is considering adding a “black box” — its most serious safety warning — to the laparoscopic power morcellator due to reports that it can spread cancer. A panel of outside FDA advisers will hold a hearing on the issue Thursday and Friday. Hooman Noorchashm, lecturer on surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

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