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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
January 29, 2013

The National Football League players union is funding a 10-year, $100 million research project at Harvard Medical School to reduce the impact of on-the-field injuries and improve the long-term health of players. Lee Nadler, HMS dean for clinical and translational research, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and director of Harvard Catalyst, is the director of the new project. Ross Zafonte, Earl P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the co-director.

January 29, 2013

The National Football League players union, alarmed that its members die nearly 20 years earlier on average than other American men, has selected Harvard University to oversee a $100 million accelerated research initiative aimed at treating and ultimately preventing the broad-ranging health problems plaguing the athletes.

January 29, 2013

For the millions of Baby Boomers coming up on retirement, making investments in exercising, having fun, making new friends and continuing to learn are the closest thing to finding the fountain of youth, according to Harvard researchers. Robert Waldinger, HMS associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the director of the study.

January 27, 2013

The paradox of modern medicine is that the increasing specialization that has revolutionized care has also depersonalized it. When a mistake is suspected, it may be unclear who from a team must step in to take responsibility. A recent study by Harvard researchers about medical liability costs is cited.

January 27, 2013

Researchers are working on understanding “superbugs,” which are extraordinarily resilient bacteria that tend to infect hospital patients, and even kill those who are extremely ill.Robert Moellering, the Shields Warren-Mallinckrodt Professor of Medical Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is one of the scientists studying this issue.

January 25, 2013

The chief executive officer of an HCA-owned hospital recently went undercover, wearing a two-day-old beard and a baseball cap to pose as a patient entering his hospital. His goal: spot service flaws and get them fixed. Steffie Woolhandler, a visiting professor of medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and Kenneth Sands, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are quoted.

January 24, 2013

Massachusetts General Hospital has hired the first woman to lead its huge Department of Medicine. Katrina Armstrong, a professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, will become physician-in-chief of the medicine department on April 15.

January 24, 2013

Scientists at Harvard Medical School have spotted DNA mutations linked to a common brain tumor that more often affects women, in a study that may pave the way for treating the sometimes fatal disease with drugs targeting genes that spur its growth. Rameen Beroukhim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was the senior author on the study.

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