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January 8, 2013

Physicians on average spend over 10 percent of their careers fighting medical malpractice claims, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the RAND Corporation. Anupam Jena, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, is a corresponding study author.

January 8, 2013

Most adolescents who plan or attempt suicide have already received at least some mental health treatment, raising questions about the effectiveness of current approaches to helping troubled youths, according to the largest in-depth analysis to date of suicidal behaviors in American teenagers. Matt Nock, professor of psychology at FAS, is the lead author. Ronald C. Kessler, the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy, is a co-author of the study.

January 7, 2013

Legalization of marijuana takes health consumers into murky territory. Even though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, questions about its health effects remain. A. Eden Evins, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted. Studies by Staci Gruber, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, are cited.

January 7, 2013

President Obama has named three local professors — a biological oceanographer, a mathematician, and a biomedical engineer — as recipients of top national scientific awards. Robert Langer of MIT, who is also a senior lecturer on surgery at HMS, is one of the recipients.

January 7, 2013

Areas in the country that spend more on new screening technologies such as digital mammography are seeing more women diagnosed in the early stages of breast cancer but no corresponding drop in late-stage breast cancer diagnoses, according to a new study. Leigh Simmons, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Mara A. Schonberg, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are quoted.

January 7, 2013

In November, the NIH announced that starting as soon as this spring, any investigator who receives a research grant from the NIH and publishes the results in a scientific journal must submit an electronic version of the final peer-reviewed manuscript to the government's PubMed Central (PMC) repository to continue receiving federal funds. Scott Lapinski, digital resources and services librarian at the Countway Library of Medicine, is quoted.

January 7, 2013

Harvard Health Publications, the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School, is planning a series of short, original e-books on work, parenting, yoga and how to be a surgeon.

January 7, 2013

Why we and other animals itch remains something of a mystery, but now researchers in the United States and several universities in China have found a key piece of the puzzle, identifying sensory neurons in mice that are dedicated to relaying itchy sensations from the top layers of skin to the spinal cord. Ethan A. Lerner, HMS associate professor of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

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