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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
July 19, 2012

As scientists successfully decode and isolate human DNA in the race for new drugs, the ability to protect and profit from what they find has yet to be mapped. A federal appeals court is poised to tie that loose end when it hears arguments on whether it should be legal to obtain U.S. patents on genetic material and on methods of using that DNA for medical diagnoses and treatments. Madeleine Ball, HMS research fellow in genetics, is quoted.

July 18, 2012

A new colon cancer study is the first part of the $100-million-a-year Cancer Genome Atlas project, a sweeping effort that is expected to produce a flood of discoveries for a wide range of cancers. Raju Kucherlapati, the Paul C. Cabot Professor of Genetics at HMS, is the lead researcher of the colon cancer project. Charles Fuchs, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is an author of the paper. Todd R. Golub, HMS professor of pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is also quoted.

July 18, 2012

The Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is being dedicated today in Rwanda. Organizers of the project, which include the Rwandan ministry of health, Partners In Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, hope the only specialized cancer facility in the country can serve as a model for addressing the rapid rise of cancer in the developing world. Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS; Neo Tapela, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Lawrence Shulman, HMS associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are quoted.

July 18, 2012

The vast majority of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer have surgery or other harsh treatments that can cause permanent side effects, but a study found that men in their 60s who had surgery did not live significantly longer than those whose cancers were merely monitored. Michael Barry, HMS clinical professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a study co-author. Anthony D’Amico, HMS professor of radiation oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Philip Kantoff, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are also quoted.

July 18, 2012

Researchers have uncovered the first evidence that the adult human lung is capable of growing back -- at least in part -- after being surgically removed. James Butler, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the author of the study.

July 18, 2012

A new study found that women who rate their jobs as highly demanding and stressful were at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or dying from heart disease. Michelle Albert, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is one of the study’s authors.

July 17, 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital earned the top spot in US News and World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings for the first time in the survey’s 23-year history, the media group announced. Brigham and Women’s Hospital ranked ninth in the magazine’s honor roll. Peter Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital and HMS professor of health care policy, is quoted.

July 17, 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the No. 1 spot on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Hospitals in America.

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