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February 4, 2013

Many cancer patients have found that poetry helps them cope with their feelings and experiences. Rafael Campo, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says he uses poetry in his practice, offering therapy groups and including poems with the medical forms and educational materials he gives his patients.

February 4, 2013

In 2010, Dr. Jonathan R. Welch’s mother died after a medical error that he watched unfold and felt powerless to do anything about. Now an HMS instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Welch recently wrote an essay in the journal Health Affairs about the care she received and medical errors more generally.

February 3, 2013

The placebo effect, in which patients perceive an effect from a fake drug, is even stronger than once believed. Host Laura Sullivan talks to Ted Kaptchuk, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, about his research on how sham treatments affect the way we feel.

February 2, 2013

As genomic medicine quickly evolves, a powerful computer packed with software has arrived to interpret sequences privately within the walls of a lab, in contrast to systems that use the Internet and distant servers. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics and co-founder
of Knome, the company that made the machine, is quoted.

February 1, 2013

WBUR’s Visionaries series profiles Anne Goldfeld, HMS professor of medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, who fights for human rights around the world, treats seriously ill patients in Cambodia and Ethiopia, and conducts research to help eradicate AIDS and tuberculosis.

January 31, 2013

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School conducted a novel investigation into the minds of doctors, performing brain scans on physicians while they believed they were treating patients. Ted Kaptchuk, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the lead author.

January 31, 2013

As the clock ticks on Congress’ agreement to temporarily avert the fiscal cliff, the authors write that we must ensure any attempt at a resolution does not include drastic cuts to investments in early stage research, the fuel of Massachusetts’ economic engine. Massachusetts continues to be home to the top five NIH-funded independent hospitals: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital.

January 30, 2013

A new method to noninvasively diagnose cancer and monitor its progression could eliminate the need for painful and sometimes life-threatening biopsies. Fred Hochberg, HMS associate professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of the researchers.

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