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October 25, 2012

Recognizing the possibility of failure is a key to excellence in both teaching and medicine, Atul Gawande, HMS professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said at a lecture at the Graduate School of Education Wednesday.

October 24, 2012

A majority of patients with advanced lung and colorectal cancer harbor the fundamental misperception that treatments that can extend life and alleviate pain might also cure them, according to a new study. Jane Weeks, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the team. Deborah Schrag, HMS associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is a co-author. David Ryan, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is also quoted.

October 24, 2012

Israel-based Neuronix, which has developed a non-invasive medical device to help to treat Alzheimer's disease, expects the system to be approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in late 2014. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, HMS professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is leading a trial of the system.

October 24, 2012

An HMS-affiliated hospital is backing away from its decision to promote a paper linking the artificial sweetener aspartame and cancer, now saying the evidence was “weak.”

October 24, 2012

Aspirin, one of the world’s oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that’s thought to play a role in the disease. Among patients with the mutations, those who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn’t, a major study found. Andrew Chan, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the study.

October 24, 2012

A patient’s genetic makeup may explain the “placebo effect,” in which people perceive that a fake treatment makes them feel better, according to a study that may help researchers design better clinical trials. Kathryn Hall, HMS research fellow in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the lead author. Ted Kaptchuk, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is also an author of the study.

October 23, 2012

Ravi Parikh, a fourth-year student at HMS, was a guest on Radio Boston to discuss Question 2, the Mass. ballot question about physician-assisted suicide.

October 22, 2012

Knee replacement surgeries are skyrocketing. A new study highlights the role of communication and shared decision-making between doctors and patients in determining who gets knee replacements and other elective procedures. Elena Losina, HMS associate professor of orthopedic surgery and Jeffrey Katz, HMS professor of medicine, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Karen Sepucha, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

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