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December 4, 2013

On Tuesday, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital provided some of the first good evidence that a more structured patient handoff improves care.  Amy Starmer, HMS lecturer on pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the lead author of the study.  Christopher Landrigan, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the senior author.

December 4, 2013

The train derailment that killed four passengers in New York on Dec. 1 has put a spotlight on sleep after investigators announced the train's engineer may have nodded off shortly before the accident. Charles Czeisler; the Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D. Professor of Sleep Medicine at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Russell Sanna, executive director of the Division of Sleep Medicine, and Stuart Quan, the Gerald E. McGinnis Professor of Sleep Medicine at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, were guests on HuffPost Live.

December 4, 2013

Thomas F. Burke, HMS assistant professor of surgery, and the chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital, argued that the greatest inequality on earth is health care for women in poor countries during a talk at Ticknor Lounge at Harvard University.

December 3, 2013

The article presents five reasons why patient portals can lead to better health. Jan Walker, principal associate in medicine, and Daniel Sands, HMS assistant clinical professor of medicine, both of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are quoted.

December 3, 2013

Though smoking is, by far, the greatest risk factor in developing lung cancer, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S. have never smoked. Geoff Oxnard, HMS assistant professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is the co-principal investigator of a new study.

December 3, 2013

The idea that people can be obese and still be “healthy” is called into question by a new study, that finds that, at least over the long term, obesity itself may confer a small increased risk of death. Pieter Cohen, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

December 3, 2013

A radioactive smart bomb might help mop up the last bits of AIDS virus hiding out in a patient’s body, even getting into the brain, researchers reported. Clyde Crumpacker, HMS professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

December 2, 2013

In a new study, researchers chip away again at the traditional view of carbon monoxide as a menace. They found that administering carbon monoxide to cancer cells in a dish could increase the cells’ susceptibility to chemotherapy 1,000-fold, while protecting normal cells. In mice with prostate and lung cancer, carbon monoxide inhibited tumor growth. Leo Otterbein, HMS associate professor of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research.



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