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October 28, 2012

An implant system called Braingate that reads brain activity led by Leigh Hochberg, HMS visiting associate professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Clinical Query, a program that turns medical records into a searchable database led by John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS professor of medicine, are mentioned as two of the medical breakthroughs of the year by The Boston Globe Magazine.

October 28, 2012

Doctors can often figure out pretty quickly where cancer started — most commonly the lung, breast, colon, or prostate — and the treatment is targeted to that particular form of the disease. But for others, the doctors can’t pinpoint the cancer’s origin in any of the usual ways, making it difficult, if not impossible, to treat. That’s cancer of unknown primary, or CUP. The profiled patient’s treatment by Alexi Wright, HMS instructor in medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is mentioned.

October 26, 2012

A public forum took place at HMS yesterday about Question 2 on this November’s general election ballot for Massachusetts, known as the “Death With Dignity” Initiative. Panelists included: Lachlan Forrow, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine; Robert D. Truog, HMS professor of anaesthesia (pediatrics) at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Christine Mitchell, HMS associate director of clinical ethics in the Department of Social Medicine. Gary S. Gray, director, technology and innovation of Harvard Catalyst, is also quoted.

October 25, 2012

The main supporter and main opponent of the ballot question have appeared on WBUR in recent weeks to debate the merits of assisted suicide. Now, they speak with WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer about their very personal reasons for their stances. Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine, is one of the participants.

October 25, 2012

Partners HealthCare System has struck a new four-year contract with insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care that both sides said will help control Massachusetts health care costs by putting Partners’ large hospitals and doctors practices on budgets and limiting future reimbursement increases to between 2 and 3 percent annually, roughly the rate of inflation.

October 25, 2012

Physician health programs in most states are designed to help doctors with substance-use and other problems get the care they need and, when appropriate, return to work while protecting patient safety. But two Harvard doctors who have been involved with the Massachusetts program say there is too little oversight of operations in programs across the country and no clear standards. J. Wesley Boyd, HMS assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance and John R. Knight, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, authored a review article about this issue.

October 25, 2012

Recognizing the possibility of failure is a key to excellence in both teaching and medicine, Atul Gawande, HMS professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said at a lecture at the Graduate School of Education Wednesday.

October 24, 2012

An HMS-affiliated hospital is backing away from its decision to promote a paper linking the artificial sweetener aspartame and cancer, now saying the evidence was “weak.”

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