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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
March 18, 2014

A new test that checks stool for signs of colon cancer caught 90 percent of cases — far better than current stool tests, researchers reported. But it’s still no substitute for a colonoscopy, experts cautioned. Andrew Chan, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

March 18, 2014

Deirdre Barrett, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance, and Robert Stickgold, associate professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discuss the case of Dion McGregor, a sleep talker whose vivid and expansive somniloquies are the subject of the album, Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor.

March 18, 2014

Fried food is bad for everyone, but it might be especially bad for people with the “wrong” genes, researchers reported Tuesday. Lu Qi, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the study.

March 17, 2014

Fish is often called “brain food.” It’s an excellent source of lean protein, rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and iodine, and pregnant women are encouraged to eat it. There’s just one, ah, catch: Fish also may have mercury, which can harm the developing brain. Research by Emily Oken, associate professor of population medicine, is cited.

March 17, 2014

Martin Nweeia, clinical instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has been traveling to the Arctic for fourteen years to study narwhals, and, in particular, their tusks. He and a team of colleagues have published a detailed account of their studies on the narwhal tusk and conclude that the tusk is a sense organ that lets male narwhals perceive the ocean, possibly helping them find mates or food.

March 17, 2014

HMS student Rena Xu authored this piece about telemedicine.

March 17, 2014

Transplant leaders are debating national rules for the distribution of deceased donors’ faces and hands, tackling ethically challenging questions such as which disfigured patients across the country should get priority for these surgeries as they become more common. Bohdan Pomahac, associate professor of surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Amir Taghinia, assistant professor of surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, are quoted.

March 17, 2014

Boston scientists are launching a major study to finally answer the question on the lips of many chocoholics: Do components of dark chocolate protect the heart? JoAnn Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will lead the trial. Howard Sesso, associate professor of medicine, also of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a co-leader of the study.

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