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July 26, 2012

Expanding U.S. state Medicaid programs may contribute to reduced death rates, as the poor, elderly and other vulnerable people benefit from greater access to health care, Harvard University researchers said in a report. Benjamin Sommers, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the study.

July 25, 2012

Each year since 2006, Hebrew SeniorLife, the large Harvard-affiliated senior care nonprofit, has selected a group of committed nursing assistants to be trained as licensed practical nurses. The latest class will be recognized during a pinning ceremony this evening.

July 25, 2012

Whooping cough is making a comeback with an unusually high number of cases reported in the U.S. so far this year. Darria Long Gillespie, HMS instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was a guest on My Fox Boston to discuss the issue.

July 24, 2012

Local scientists are among the leaders of a new national initiative to build “organs on a chip” -- living human tissue on a miniature platform that could be used to test potential medications for side effects, overcoming a major hurdle in drug development. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard will receive up to $37 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the initiative.

July 24, 2012

Relatively few clinical trials have tested the safety and effectiveness of medications in children - even when kids make up a large share of patients with the condition the drug treats, a newstudy finds. Florence T. Bourgeois, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the lead researcher. Kenneth D. Mandl, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

July 23, 2012

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) andseveral collaborating institutions have linked mutations in specific genes to each of the four recognized subtypes of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor of children. Scott Pomeroy, Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital, was the leader of the study.

July 23, 2012

Living in an orphanage can literally change the structure of a child’s brain, according to a new study that has implications for international adoptions as well as conditions like ADHD, traumatic brain injury and autism. Charles Nelson, HMS professor of pediatrics and Margaret A. Sheridan, HMS instructor in pediatrics, both of Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

July 23, 2012

It’s been two months since a government task force recommended against doctors routinely ordering prostate cancer screening tests. But many physicians disagree with the new guidelines, leaving men in a quandary: Should they continue to be screened with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam beginning at age 50, or should they skip the screening altogether? Leigh Simmons,
HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

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