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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.

July 9, 2014

Researchers say architectural design cues make people want to gamble, perhaps more than digital environments do. HMS studies are cited. Howard Shaffer, associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, was one of the authors.

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 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 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

Nature today published a retraction of two controversial papers that had reported a new, astoundingly simple way of generating pluripotent stem cells.

July 2, 2014

Tibetans are comfortable at high altitudes where the air is thin. Now it seems a gene variant that gives them an edge over other people did not evolve in modern humans. It comes from an extinct species of human called the Denisovans. David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, is quoted.

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