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August 16, 2012

Chief executives for the Boston-area’s largest hospitals mostly earned pay packages between $1 million and $3 million in 2010, and several received bonuses for attracting more patients, improving care, or simply by agreeing to take the job.

August 16, 2012

In the latest effort to contend with exploding quantities of digital data, researchers encoded an entire book into the genetic molecules of DNA, the basic building block of life, and then accurately read back the text. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, and Sriram Kosuri, a senior scientist at the Wyss Institute for Biomedical Engineering, led the project.

August 16, 2012

The half-century-long quest to develop a male birth control pill has just gotten a boost from an unexpected corner: a Boston laboratory working to craft potent anti-cancer drugs. James Bradner, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the lead author. David Clapham, the Aldo R. Castaneda Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

August 15, 2012

The new Massachusetts cost-control law targets three Harvard- affiliated hospital systems — Partners HealthCare, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — to pay a one-time $60 million tax to fund health programs.

August 15, 2012

WBUR encourages readers to check out a new blog called: An Ounce of Evidence, featuring Ashish Jha, The C. Boyden Gray Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at HSPH.

August 14, 2012

Saumil Nalin Merchant, the Gudrun Larsen Eliasen and Nels Kristian Eliasen Professor of Otology and Laryngology at HMS and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, died of complications following a heart attack at the age of 51.

August 14, 2012

An independent panel of scientists and veterinarians enlisted by HMS to review its primate research facility is recommending that new leadership positions be created and that a committee be formed to ensure animal safety and foster closer ties with the main medical school.

August 14, 2012

In medicine, theconcept of pay-for-performance — in which doctors are rewarded for meeting certain specific quality targets such as preventing hospital-acquired infections or too many readmissions — sounds great. But in reality, there’s a dark side, according to a new editorial. David Himmelstein, HMS visiting professor of medicine and Steffie Woolhandler, HMS visiting professor of medicine, both of Cambridge Health Alliance, are two of the editorial writers.

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