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November 19, 2013

More and more American women are undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging to screen for cancer, according to two new studies. Natasha Stout, HMS assistant professor of population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, led one of the studies.

November 19, 2013

Boston’s teaching hospitals have been so widely praised for saving dozens of Marathon bombing victims that trauma surgeons worry the state will grow complacent. They met with legislators Tuesday to remind them that luck and timing played a role on Patriot’s Day, and that the trauma system still has gaps that require attention. Frederick Millham, HMS associate clinical professor of surgery, and George Velmahos, the John Francis Burke Professor of Surgery, both of Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

November 19, 2013

The story of human evolution just got even more bizarre. The genome of an extinct hominin species, the Denisovans, contains unusual snippets of DNA that seem to have come from yet another group. David Reich, HMS professor of genetics, presented his findings at a Royal Society discussion meeting on ancient DNA on Monday.

November 18, 2013

Why are some obese people healthy, apparently protected from the damaging effects of excess fat on the liver and other organs? Scientists are investigating this question as they look to understand how obesity disrupts normal organ function and causes inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes and other metabolic abnormalities. Research by Bruce Spiegelman, the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is cited.

November 18, 2013

Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University, participated in a recent discussion in The Wall Street Journal’s The Experts section about the Affordable Care Act.

November 18, 2013

For the second time in recent weeks, scientists have found a “non-natural” amphetamine-like compound in dietary supplements – yet federal regulators have issued no warnings to consumers about the ingredient. Pieter Cohen, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

November 18, 2013

As a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, Cesare T. Lombroso tried to figure out as much as possible about the neurological disorder that causes seizures, and over the years his research influenced how it was diagnosed and treated. Lombroso died on October 19 at the age of 96 and was also professor of neurology, emeritus, at HMS.

November 18, 2013

Further coverage of new guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. Paul M. Ridker, the Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine, and Nancy Cook, HMS professor of medicine, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, identified the problems with the calculator. Peter Libby, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is also quoted.

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