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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
November 9, 2012

If Congress doesn’t avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff,” billions of dollars worth of medical research and defense contracts would be slashed, and perhaps nowhere would that be more keenly felt than in Massachusetts. Harry Orf, HMS principal associate in genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

November 9, 2012

A study published recently in Nature found new genetic links between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two autoimmune gut diseases that affect as many as 1.4 million people in the United States. Ramnik Xavier, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, was one of the authors.

November 7, 2012

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed “lung-on-a-chip” technology that mimics the effects of pulmonary edema, a medical condition caused by fluid build up in the lung’s air sacs. The study was led by Dan Huh, in collaboration with Wyss Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Leslie; and a multidisciplinary team including Geraldine Hamilton, HMS senior staff scientist; Wyss Founding Director Donald Ingber; and Ben Matthews, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital.

November 7, 2012

Twenty-three teams of scientists from around the world have combed through the DNA blueprints of an 11-year-old boy and his parents to try to learn why he tired so easily, needing a scooter to walk longer than a few blocks and requiring a ventilator to help him breathe at night. The winner of a $15,000 prize was the Division of Clinical Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alan Beggs, Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, was a coorganizer of the contest.

November 6, 2012

John Lauerman writes about the experience of having his genome sequenced and the results he received. Joseph Thakuria, HMS instructor in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital; Robert Handin, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and David Kuter, HMS professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted. The work of George Church, the Robert Winthrop
Professor of Genetics, is also cited. John Lauerman was an HMS 2012 Media Fellow.

November 6, 2012

Attention is increasingly being drawn to incentives that are altering medical decisions, driving up costs and channeling men into prostate treatment that delivers negligible benefits when compared to less-expensive care, according to three studies in the past two years and seven doctors who’ve studied prostate treatment. Anthony Zietman, the Jenot W. and William U. Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology, is quoted.

November 6, 2012

A new study says 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, leisure time exercise is associated with roughly 3.4 years added to a person's life. I-Min Lee, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the senior author of the study.

November 5, 2012

Harvard affiliates have been powerful voices in this year’s debate over physician-assisted suicide—an unsurprising reality, given the effect the initiative could have on those at the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the 17 affiliated hospitals and research institutes, and even professors in the Law School or government department. David Jones, the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at HMS; Lachlan Forrow, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Robert Truog, HMS professor of anaesthesia (pediatrics) at Boston Children’s Hospital; Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine; and Lisa Lehmann, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted.


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