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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
June 2, 2014

Clinicians and others trying to improve end-of-life communication between doctors and their patient have turned for help to a set of videos. Developed by two Harvard doctors, the videos aim to better inform patients about their medical options while easing the way for frank discussions with health-care providers. Angelo Volandes, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, co-founded the nonprofit foundation in 2010 that makes and distributes the videos.

June 2, 2014

To level the playing field, some believe patients should be able to see what their doctor is writing about them. But note-sharing with mental health patients has been slower to develop. The leaders of OpenNotes Tom Delbanco, the Richard A. and Florence Koplow-James L. Tullis Professor of General Medicine and Primary Care, and Jan Walker, assistant professor of medicine, both of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are quoted.

June 1, 2014

A cheap, decades-old chemotherapy drug extended life by more than a year when added to standard hormone therapy for men whose prostate cancer has widely spread, doctors reported. Christopher Sweeney, associate professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the study.

June 1, 2014

Geneticist George Church tinkers with DNA to fight disease, create new biofuels, and perhaps even resurrect extinct species. Church is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS.

May 30, 2014

With new cancer drugs priced as high as $10,000 a month and more, and insurers tightening payment rules, patients who thought they were well covered increasingly find themselves having to make life-altering decisions about what they can afford. An HMS study is cited in the article.

May 30, 2014

Melvin J. Glimcher, the Harriet M. Peabody Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Emeritus, died on May 12 at the age of 88.

May 30, 2014

A former post-doctoral researcher at HMS intentionally falsified data, figures, and a “legend” used to interpret the figures in a paper submitted to the journal Nature, according to the federal Office of Research Integrity.

May 29, 2014

Vivek Murthy, instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and this year’s student choice as the HMS and HSDM Class Day speaker, urged the 160 HMS students and 36 HSDM students who graduated to find and stand up for their unique vision and values.

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