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December 12, 2012

Dying cancer patients are less likely to want aggressive end-of-life care if they watch a short video about CPR than if they simply hear about it, according to a new study. Angelo Volandes, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study’s lead author.

December 12, 2012

In Massachusetts, thousands of physicians receive more pay if their patients stay healthy and avoid costly medical care. It could become a national template. Kevin Tabb, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Nancy Turnbull, associate dean for educational programs at HSPH; and Tom Lee, HMS professor of medicine, are quoted. An analysis by HMS researchers about the Alternative Quality Contract is also mentioned.

December 11, 2012

A government task force recommended that doctors discuss the dangers of smoking with all patients ages 10 to 17, citing evidence that children who learn about the dangers of smoking from their doctors will be less likely to become addicted to cigarettes. Claire McCarthy, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

December 11, 2012

Primary care doctors provide superior care for patients with diabetes, according to a new study. Alexander Turchin, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the study’s senior author.

December 10, 2012

Leana Wen, HMS clinical fellow in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, authored this article about her experience and use of the emergency room.

December 10, 2012

Women who have higher levels of nutrients commonly found in vegetables may have alower risk of developing breast cancer, say researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

December 10, 2012

In a new analysis, investigators found that the majority of researchers who led the most influential studies — papers from the past decade that received more than 1,000 citations by other scientists — did not have current funding from the National Institutes of Health, the predominant funder of biomedical research in the United States. Erin K. O’Shea, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at FAS, is quoted.

December 10, 2012

A blue-ribbon panel of scientific and technology advisers to President Obama warns that the nation risks losing its longstanding supremacy in food production because research in agriculture has not kept up with new challenges like climate change, depleted land and water resources and emerging pests, pathogens and invasive plants. Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and an HMS professor of systems biology, is a co-chair of the panel.

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