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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
February 7, 2014

Eating less than one teaspoon of salt per day remains the ideal goal for Americans, according to a new study. Nancy Cook, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the lead author of the study.

February 7, 2014

It is the moment “The Biggest Loser” viewers anticipate all season. But when Rachel Frederickson, 24, walked onto the studio stage 155 pounds lighter than at the start of Season 15, the reaction was not one of awe, but shock, apparent even on the trainers’ frozen faces. Jennifer J. Thomas, assistant professor of psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-author of the book “Almost Anorexic,” is quoted.

February 6, 2014

A drug given to pregnant mice prevented autism-like behavior in their offspring, encouraging researchers they’re on the right track in testing the medicine in children with the disorder. Susan Connors, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a co-author of an editorial accompanying the study.

February 6, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said yesterday it will work jointly with New England Baptist Hospital to provide orthopedic and musculoskeletal care. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS professor of medicine, is quoted.

February 6, 2014

Concerns are increasing among doctors about the safety of a procedure performed on tens of thousands of women a year in the United States who undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus. Robert L. Barbieri, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

February 6, 2014

Already, scientists in laboratories across the world have begun dipping mature cells in acid, hoping to see whether this simple intervention really can trigger a transformation into stem cells, as reported by a team of Boston and Japanese researchers. Charles Vacanti, chair of the Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the research reported last week. Leonard Zon, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at FAS and Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

February 5, 2014

A new study has found that epidurals are associated with an even longer duration in the second stage of labor than is generally recognized, suggesting that some women may be subject to unnecessary interventions by doctors who wrongly fear labor has become prolonged. Robert L. Barbieri, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Jeffrey Ecker, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

February 5, 2014

Hot on the heels of the news that simply dipping adult mouse cells in acid could turn them into cells with the potential to turn into any cell in the body, it appears that the same thing may have been done using human cells. Charles Vacanti, the Vandam/Covino Professor of Anaesthesia and head of the Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Koji Kojima, assistant professor of anaesthesia, also of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, led the research.

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