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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
September 21, 2012

Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. In this essay, a surgeon examines five simple ways to make health care safer. Jan Walker, principal associate in medicine and Tom Delbanco, HMS professor of general medicine and primary care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are cited.

September 20, 2012

An experimental drug can improve sociability in patients with fragile X syndrome and may be helpful as a treatment for autism, according to the authors of a new study. Christopher McDougle, Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

September 20, 2012

Researchers have found that a computer game helped people who are visually impaired to navigate a building. The study also hints at the possibilities of using audio games to teach visually impaired people in a way that sticks better than other methods. Lotfi Merabet, HMS assistant professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, was one of the developers of the game.

September 20, 2012

Third Rock Ventures LLC, a venture capital firm, announced the formation of MyoKardia Inc. with a $38 million Series A financing of the company. MyoKardia is developing a pipeline of novel small molecule therapeutics that address key clinical needs for patients with genetic heart disease. Christine Seidman, Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Jonathan Seidman, Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation Professor of Genetics at HMS, are mentioned as cofounders of the company.

September 19, 2012

Scientists are sequencing their own genes in an effort to learn how to use this flood of information as well as the benefits and downsides of sequencing. Robert Green, HMS lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

September 19, 2012

Big Pharma's image problem, fueled by numerous high-profile scandals, may have made doctors so skeptical of the industry that it's warping their judgment, a new survey suggests. Aaron Kesselheim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study. Jeffrey Drazen, Parker B. Francis Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, authored an editorial published along with the survey.

September 18, 2012

Radio Boston takes a look at ballot question 2, the so-called “Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act,” which would make it legal for an adult resident with a terminal illness to receive a prescription for drugs to end his or her life. Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine, was a guest on Radio Boston to discuss this issue.

September 18, 2012

Over the past decade, the cost of sequencing a human-sized genome has dropped dramatically and many predict that sequencing will soon become part of routine medical care. George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, is quoted.

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