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May 15, 2013

Will people make smarter, more cost-effective choices when more of their own money is on the line? It’s a particularly urgent question for boomers, because it lies at the heart of some proposals to curb Medicare spending. J. Michael McWilliams, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, is quoted.

May 15, 2013

Nurse practitioners are staffing retail health clinics, diagnosing and treating ills from strep throat to conjunctivitis. They’re giving flu shots and prescribing drugs. A new survey shows a huge gap between what nurse practitioners think they can and should do, and what doctors think. Karen Donelan, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the research.

May 15, 2013

Actress Angelina Jolie made a wrenching choice after a blood test detected a genetic defect that made breast cancer all but certain in her lifetime: She opted to have her breasts surgically removed. Her decision starkly highlights the less-than-ideal options available to women confronting a similar diagnosis. Eric Winer, HMS professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and Sharon Bober, HMS assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are quoted.

May 14, 2013

Judy Garber, director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was a guest on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook to discuss Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

May 14, 2013

When it comes to approving new medical treatments, the Food and Drug Administration is balancing the need for patient safety against the urgency of making important new treatments available as quickly as possible. A team of experts recently faced off for an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion “The FDA's Caution Is Hazardous to Our Health.” Jerry Avorn, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was one of the participants.

May 14, 2013

For the first time in nearly a year, Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is publicly addressing a question about his personal health: why he lost his voice and continues to speak more hoarsely than is normal. Page announced that he will be funding a research program on vocal cord nerve function that will be led by Steven Zeitels, the Eugene B. Casey Professor of Laryngeal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

May 14, 2013

An unusual medical brawl erupted on Tuesday when the influential Institute of Medicine issued a report questioning the basis of years of advice for Americans to cut their salt intake in half. Elliott Antman, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate dean for clinical and translational research, is quoted.

May 14, 2013

The massive legal action brought by former players against the National Football League has been known as a concussion lawsuit. William Meehan, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted. The Harvard-NFLPA research partnership is mentioned.

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