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September 27, 2012

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy aimed at killing cancer cells may have the undesirable effect of helping to create cancer stem cells, which are thought to be particularly adept at generating new tumors and are especially resistant to treatment, researchers say. Chiang Li, HMS lecturer on medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the lead author of the study.

September 26, 2012

As sugar-packed sodas gain a deservedly bad reputation for packing pounds on kids, sports drinks are emerging as a “healthier” alternative -- but for most kids they’re just empty calories in disguise, a new study says.  Yet they often turn up in school vending machines --and use is rising especially in boys. Alison Field, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

September 26, 2012

Vanessa Kerry, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, has created a partnership with the Peace Corps to send doctors and nurses abroad. In return a non-profit pays off part of school loans.

September 26, 2012

A cellular signature seen in the blood of multiple sclerosis patients may help determine their likelihood of relapse, potentially influencing which therapy physicians prescribe, a study found. Philip De Jager, HMS associate professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is an author of the study.

September 26, 2012

Thanks to the recent findings of a team of Harvard researchers, scientists can now view more than four microspecies at once using fluorescent microscopy—a development which will give scientists a fuller understanding of the samples they are examining. Peng Yin, HMS assistant professor of systems biology; William Shih, HMS associate professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, led the team.

September 25, 2012

It wasn't all that long ago that it took hundreds of scientists years, and billions of dollars, to analyze just one genome. But now, a few lab techs using high-speed sequencers can unravel anyone's DNA for just thousands of dollars, in weeks. Robert Green, HMS lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

September 25, 2012

The first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer is reshaping our understanding of the disease, pointing the way to a cure. Judy Garber, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was a guest on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, to discuss this analysis.

September 25, 2012

Raymond T. Chung, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently spoke in Exeter, NH, about a potential cure for hepatitis C, but ethicists said in interviews that Chung’s comments appear to have breached ethics principles by potentially leaving his audience with outsize hope for drugs undergoing testing.

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