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May 9, 2013

Low cognition hinders U.S. seniors' Medicare choices and it calls into question potential effectiveness of a Medicare voucher system, researchers say. J. Michael McWilliams, HMS assistant professor of health care policy, is the senior author of the study.

May 7, 2013

Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, wrote a blog post about the new study by scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute who have discovered a hormone that might slow or stop the progression of diabetes. Douglas Melton, the Xander University Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and his postdoctoral fellow, Peng Yi, led the research.

May 7, 2013

Companies and managers are equipped to handle job fatigue among employees, but what happens when burnout—described as persistent fatigue, detachment or resentment triggered by excessive work and stress—strikes the top boss? Srini Pillay, HMS assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is conducting the study of burnout among senior leaders.

May 6, 2013

One of the economic mysteries of the last few years has been the bigger-than-expected slowdown in health spending, a trend that promises to bolster wages and help close the wide federal deficit over the long term — but only if it persists. Major new studies from researchers at Harvard University, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and elsewhere have concurred that at least some of the slowdown is unrelated to the recession, and might persist as the economy recovers. Michael E. Chernew, HMS professor of health care policy, is one of the lead authors.

May 6, 2013

In a new study, Harvard researchers found that two pairs of dopamine-producing neurons in fruit flies may be exclusively linked with aggressive behavior. Edward A. Kravitz, the George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology, is lead author of the study. Olga V. Alekseyenko, postdoctoral fellow at HMS, is the study’s first author.

May 6, 2013

Doctors often struggle with conversations about death — navigating the murky waters of when and how to convey the risks of procedures and prospects for life expectancy. When doctors are less than forthcoming, out of sensitivity or haste, difficult situations become even more complex. Beth Lown, HMS associate professor of medicine at Mt. Auburn Hospital, was a guest on the program.

May 6, 2013

More than 150 neuroscientists descended on Arlington, Virginia this week to begin planning the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—an ambitious but still hazy proposal to understand how the brain works by recording activity from an unprecedented numbers of neurons at once. Van Wedeen, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

May 5, 2013

In the last three years, dozens of youth concussion clinics have opened in nearly 35 states — outpatient centers often connected to large hospitals that are now filled with young athletes complaining of headaches, amnesia, dizziness or problems concentrating. The proliferation of clinics, however, comes at a time when there is still no agreed-upon, established formula for treating the injuries. Several HMS affiliated faculty members are featured.

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