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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
July 24, 2014

An initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital gives patients online, written and visual information to involve them in shared decision-making. One of the goals is to make risk understandable — bridging the gap between percent probabilities and words. Karen Sepucha, assistant professor of medicine; Leigh Simmons, assistant professor of medicine; and Andy Freiberg, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, are quoted.

July 23, 2014

More than a year after the Boston Marathon bombings, charities and researchers are taking note of an increasingly noticeable aftereffect: a large group of civilians with blast-related ear injuries more commonly seen in the military. Problems range from dizziness to reduced hearing to tinnitus—a ringing or buzzing noise in one ear or both. Daniel Lee, associate professor of otology and laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is quoted.

July 23, 2014

Wearable health tech promises to save lives, so startups like MC10 are working to create something you’ll never forget to put on. Joseph Kvedar, associate professor of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 23, 2014

Surveys of more than 400,000 Americans confirm earlier reports that suggested more than 10 million people who were not insured before got health insurance under Obamacare, researchers said this week. Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study.

July 22, 2014

The Broad Institute has received the biggest gift worldwide for psychiatric research, a $650 million commitment that could help scientists unravel the genetic underpinnings of diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and begin to develop better treatments. Steven Hyman, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at FAS; Eric Lander, professor of systems biology and founding director of the Broad Institute; and Steve McCarroll, assistant professor of genetics at HMS, are quoted. The gift coincides with the publication of the largest genomic study of schizophrenia, which identified more than 100 spots in the genome that are associated with the disease.

July 22, 2014

A deaf toddler who underwent surgery to have a radical auditory device implanted into his brainstem to help him hear is showing vast improvement after undergoing the surgery a second time, his doctors said, giving new hope that the device could one day be a common treatment option for deaf children. Daniel Lee, associate professor of otology from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and a team of specialists from Massachusetts General Hospital, implanted a device called an Auditory Brainstem Implant, or ABI, into Alex’s brain last year.

July 22, 2014

Runners race for a middle ground between earlier design trends. Irene Davis, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is quoted.

July 21, 2014

A decade-long effort by hundreds of scientists worldwide has uncovered 128 genes involved in the brain disorder schizophrenia, findings that point to new research avenues while suggesting a cure may not be achievable with a single treatment. Steve McCarroll, assistant professor of genetics at HMS and head of genetics at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, and Mark Daly, associate professor of medicine and chief of analytic and translational genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital, were authors on the study and quoted in the article.

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