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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
September 25, 2012

A team from Boston Children’s Hospital is tracking reported cases abroad of a new virus identified this week as being from the same family of viruses that cause common colds and serious acute respiratory syndrome, the infection better known as SARS that killed hundreds around the world in a 2003 outbreak. John Brownstein, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the founder of the technology that tracks the disease.

September 25, 2012

A trial of a repurposed experimental cancer drug has given parents, physicians, and scientists their first tantalizing evidence that it is possible to affect the course of a rare, fatal disease that causes children to age prematurely and die before reaching adulthood. Mark Kieran, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, led the trial. Leslie Gordon, HMS lecturer on anaesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

September 25, 2012

A class of drugs commonly given to children undergoing tonsillectomy is not likely to increase the risk of serious bleeding after surgery, according to a new U.S. study. Christopher Hartnick, HMS professor of otology and laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is a co-author of the study.

September 24, 2012

As states loosen their laws around limited marijuana use, raising concerns that it could cause an increase in use by teenagers, recent studies have found that marijuana dependency among teens can change their brains for the long term. Sion Kim Harris, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital; John Knight, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Lester Grinspoon, HMS associate professor of psychiatry, emeritus, are quoted.

September 24, 2012

Scientists have known for a while that breast cancer is really four different diseases, with subtypes among them, an insight that has helped improve treatment for some women. But experts haven't understood much about how these four types differ. A new report provides a big leap in that understanding. Matthew Meyerson, HMS professor of pathology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is one of the study’s authors.

September 23, 2012

Nearly 10% of American young people have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives and figuring out how to best help those teens can be tricky, say counselors, psychiatrists and adults with ADHD, because everyone's situation and form of ADHD is different. Craig Surman, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

September 22, 2012

Scientists have begun to tease apart how stress, social isolation, and deprivation early in life can harm children’s brains and lead to behavior and mental health problems later in life. Gabriel Corfas, HMS professor of neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study. A study by Margaret Sheridan, HMS instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also cited.

September 21, 2012

Three new studies, conducted by researchers in Boston and elsewhere, show how much sugar-sweetened beverages can expand our waistlines and provide strong evidence in favor of government policies to curb consumption of soft drinks and fruit juices in schools. David Ludwig, HMS professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, coauthored a clinical trial on obese children. Lu Qi, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a coauthor of a study at HSPH.

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