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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
July 9, 2014

Nearly 1 in 9 children have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and most take prescription stimulant drugs for years to calm their behaviors and help them focus in school. While drug manufacturer clinical trials clearly demonstrate that these drugs — which include methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) — work to alleviate symptoms, very few were designed to investigate the long-term safety of these drugs, according to a new study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital researchers. Florence Bourgeois, assistant professor of pediatrics, is the lead author of the study. Kenneth Mandl, professor of pediatrics, is a coauthor.

July 8, 2014

A woman in the US has developed a tumor-like growth eight years after a stem cell treatment to cure her paralysis failed. George Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

July 8, 2014

In recent years, generics have curbed the rise of drug prices, saving the American health care system billions of dollars. But increasingly, experts say, the costs of some generic drugs are going the other way. Aaron Kesselheim, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

July 7, 2014

Many kids today don’t get outside enough, especially those without generous backyards or parents eager to lead them on nature walks. So area pediatricians are increasingly writing prescriptions to encourage kids and teens to spend time outside, particularly during the summer months, when the weather is good and the lack of structured activity can lead to weight gain. Christina Scirica, HMS instructor at MGH, is quoted.

July 7, 2014

A pilot project at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center allows patients to read their therapists' notes. Tom Delbanco, the Richard A. and Florence Koplow-James L. Tullis Professor of General Medicine and Primary Care, is one of the leaders of OpenNotes. Kenneth Duckworth, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, and Michael W. Kahn, assistant professor of psychiatry, are also quoted.

July 2, 2014

For prostate cancer specialists, beliefs about active surveillance and their actions are two very different things, according to the findings of a new survey. Paul Nguyen, radiation oncologist at HMS, is quoted.

July 2, 2014

Representatives of the National Institutes of Health's Undiagnosed Diseases Program announced today that six medical centers will join the program, forming a network of sites to investigate intractable cases from patients around the country. Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts GeneralHospital are among the grant recipients. HMS will serve as the program's coordinating center.

July 2, 2014

Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the early detection of breast cancer. Daniel Kopans, HMS professor of radiology at MGH, is quoted.

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