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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
June 21, 2013

Isaac Kohane, the Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and director of the Countway Library of Medicine at HMS, offered his perspective on the government’s use of big-data surveillance.

June 21, 2013

Michael Jackson died while preparing to set a world record for the most successful concert run ever, but he unknowingly set another record that led to his death. Charles Czeisler, the Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D. Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, testified at the wrongful death trial.   

June 20, 2013

The same molecules that endow naked mole rats with springy, wrinkled skin also seem to prevent the homely rodents from contracting cancer. New research identifies a sugary cellular secretion that stops the spread of would-be tumors. Vadim Gladyshev, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

June 20, 2013

The folds, creases and intricate internal structures that make up the human brain are being revealed in unprecedented detail. A new three-dimensional map called BigBrain is the most detailed ever constructed, and should lead to a more accurate picture of how the brain's different regions function and interact. Van Wedeen, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

June 19, 2013

Biologist Jessica U. Meir has devoted her life to studying animals that thrive in Earth’s most extreme environments, hoping to unlock the secrets of high-flying geese that soar over Mount Everest and emperor penguins that dive thousands of feet under the Antarctic ice. But all the while, the 35-year-old Meir has hoped, too, that she would have a chance to explore the most extreme environment of them all: outer space. Meir is an assistant professor of anesthesia at HMS and Massachusetts General Hospital.

June 19, 2013

Large independent doctor practices that focus on primary care tend to spend less money and are more likely to meet guidelines for Americans on Medicare than smaller groups, according to a new study. J. Michael McWilliams, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, led the research.

June 19, 2013

Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University, participated in a recent discussion in The Wall Street Journal’s The Experts section about how physicians are paid.

June 19, 2013

HMS researchers are leading a new checklist project to improve end-of-life care. Atul Gawande, HMS professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Rachelle Bernacki, HMS instructor in medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and Susan Block, HMS professor of psychiatry at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are leading the study. William Berry, HMS research fellow in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, is helping to launch the safe-surgery checklist in South Carolina hospitals.

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