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April 1, 2013

Novartis’s defeat in its India patent battle Monday raises a number of questions, not the least of which is whether the Swiss drug maker — and other drug giants — now could see other countries rise up and challenge its patents. Aaron Kesselheim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, recently authored an article on the extension of drug patents.

March 31, 2013

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jerome Groopman, the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

March 31, 2013

With the proliferation in personal blogs and consumer websites such as Yelp and Angie’s List, there has been an increase in claims brought by doctors against former patients, and sometimes their relatives, over negative ratings and reviews they have posted on the Internet, lawyers say.

March 29, 2013

President Barack Obama’s public-private initiative to create an activity map of the human brain will cost more than $3 billion, projections say, or $300 million annually for 10 years and all involved hope that the initiative will move brain science forward with the same kind of money and focused effort that drove the Genome Project. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, is quoted.

March 28, 2013

A method described in Nature this week makes X-ray crystallography of small molecules simpler, faster and more sensitive, largely doing away with the laborious task of coaxing molecules to form crystals. Jon Clardy, the Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at HMS, wrote an editorial accompanying the paper.

March 27, 2013

A massive collaboration between cancer researchers at more than 160 institutions worldwide has nearly doubled the number of genetic regions known to be associated with three major cancers: breast, ovarian, and prostate. Leif Ellisen, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Philip Kantoff, HMS professor of medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are quoted.

March 27, 2013

A unique video series hopes to help patients and families understand their options at life's end. Angelo Volandes, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the co-founder of the nonprofit foundation Advance Care Planning Decisions.

March 27, 2013

A new study concludes that one of the most common and effective forms of bariatric surgery, called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, melts away pounds not - or not only - by re-routing the digestive tract, as long thought, but by changing the bacteria in the gut. Lee Kaplan, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the senior author of the study.



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