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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
September 5, 2012

Stephen Blacklow has been named chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School, effective Oct. 1, 2012. A member of both BCMP and the Department of Cancer Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Blacklow has deep roots at HMS, as an MD-PhD student, a post-doctoral trainee in pathology, and for the last 14 years, a faculty member in pathology and then at BCMP.

September 5, 2012

Scientists say they have mapped the underlying regulatory system that switches DNA on and off, potentially spurring a wave of new research into the molecular basis of complex diseases such as Type 1 diabetes. The ENCODE consortium and Bradley Bernstein, HMS associate professor of pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, are cited. Stephen Elledge, Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and of Medicine, is quoted.

September 4, 2012

For 25 years, hospitals and clinics have paid as much as $1,200 a year to use the most popular set of standards for the electronic exchange of health information. On Tuesday, the nonprofit organization responsible for developing those standards said its intellectual property will be available for use free of charge beginning in the first quarter of 2013.“This announcement is the most significant standards development in the past decade,” said John Halamka, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS professor of medicine.

September 3, 2012

Two major clinical trials are testing for the first time whether treating inflammation can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, potentially opening up a new line of attack in the battle against cardiovascular disease. Both trials are led by Paul M. Ridker, Eugene Braunwald Professor of Medicine at HMS and director of the center for cardiovascular-disease prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

September 2, 2012

Dr. Edmund B. “Ned” Cabot, a retired surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and scion of a Boston Brahmin family, drowned Saturday off the coast of Newfoundland when a rogue wave swept him from his yacht, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Sunday.

August 30, 2012

Years after a large study on hormone replacement therapy revealed health risks among older women using it to prevent chronic disease, the number of women who take hormones continues to decline, according to a new study. JoAnn Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is a leader of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).

August 30, 2012

A team in Burlington, MA, is developing what it hopes will be the first in a new class of treatments for autoimmune conditions and it involves swallowing the eggs of a pig parasite. Dennis Kasper, the William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

August 29, 2012

Michael Rich, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, was recently a guest on Boston Public Radio to discuss how media affects children and explains that violent media - videogames, television and movies could be the next public health threat. 

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