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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
November 10, 2013

Good news for everyone whose go-to afternoon snack is a handful of almonds. Researchers from HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found an association between nut consumption and decreased risk of pancreatic cancer in women. Ying Bao, HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the study researcher.

November 9, 2013

Alzheimer's disease has no cure or effective long-term treatment. Many drug trials have failed to show lasting delays or reversals of symptoms in people who already have dementia. That's why scientists are exploring what signatures Alzheimer's disease might create in the body before symptoms ever begin. Rudy Tanzi, the Kennedy Professor of Neuroscience at HMS and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Reisa Sperling, HMS professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, are quoted.

November 8, 2013

WBUR features the story of a mother whose daughter was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a fatal genetic disorder. It is primarily an audio piece with a written introduction. Annie Brewster, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a producer of the audio, as well as author of the piece.

November 8, 2013

U.S. researchers began an early stage clinical trial of a vaccine to prevent genital herpes disease by removing two key proteins so the virus cannot multiply. The vaccine was developed by David Knipe, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology and chair of the Harvard Program in Virology at HMS.

November 8, 2013

The U.K.’s newly launched Personal Genome Project seeks volunteers. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, started the first Personal Genome Project in the U.S.

November 7, 2013

Rumor has it the worst time and place to be sick is in a teaching hospital in July, when new doctors-in-training enter the wards and others are promoted. A new study of heart attack patients shows this pattern of worse outcomes known as the "July effect" may indeed be true - but only for the sickest people. Anupam Jena, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, led the research.

November 7, 2013

Lecia V. Sequist, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this post about lung cancer. She explains how it is the deadliest cancer, responsible for more than 25 percent of all cancer deaths. It kills roughly twice as many women as breast cancer, and almost three times as many men as prostate cancer.

November 7, 2013

A local nonprofit in San Francisco is raising funds for a Harvard study to find out whether lung cancer can be inherited because of a gene mutation. Geoffrey Oxnard, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.



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