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June 17, 2013

Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.  A study by Eva S. Schernhammer, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is cited.

June 17, 2013

Boston Children’s Hospital is announcing Monday that it has started the world’s first hand transplant program for youngsters,  with the goal of restoring limbs to victims of devastating infections, fires, or accidents. Amir Taghinia, HMS assistant professor of surgery and William Harmon, HMS professor of pediatrics, both of Boston Children’s Hospital; and Bohdan Pomahac, HMS associate professor of surgery of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted.

June 17, 2013

Reisa Sperling, HMS professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is highlighted in this issue about Alzheimer’s researchers seeking a new approach. Groopman is the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

June 17, 2013

Black and Hispanic children with autism are markedly less likely than children from white families to receive specialty care for complications tied to the disorder, a new study finds. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, HMS clinical fellow in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the lead author.

June 17, 2013

Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University, participated in The Wall Street Journal’s The Experts section to answer the question: If you could tell the average American to make one dietary change, what would it be?

June 17, 2013

When scientists vie for limited federal funding to support their research, they know their proposals will be evaluated based on scientific merits, but other factors come into play, too: a few years ago, the National Institutes of Health asked reviewers to evaluate the overall impact and significance of the work being proposed. Marc Kirschner, the John Franklin Enders University Professor of Systems Biology and chair
of the Department of Systems Biology, has written an editorial about the two criteria.

June 16, 2013

Not so long ago, people who provided DNA in the course of research studies were told that their privacy was assured. Their DNA sequences were on publicly available Web sites, yes, but they did not include names or other obvious identifiers. David Altshuler, HMS professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the leader of a new study. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, is also quoted.

June 14, 2013

While many in the scientific community lauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that naturally occurring human genes may not be patented, several geneticists at Harvard Medical School on Friday said they believe the decision warrants a more lukewarm response. David A. Sinclair, HMS professor of genetics; George M. Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics; and Raju S. Kucherlapati, the Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics, were quoted.

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