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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
October 17, 2012

Public health officials, physicians, and patients are grappling with many challenges in the current national meningitis outbreak: Fungal meningitis is usually exceedingly difficult to diagnose, and the treatment is risky and arduous. Paul Sax, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and James P. Rathmell, the Henry Knowles Beecher Professor of Anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

October 15, 2012

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans, and a much larger contributor to chronic disability and health care costs than this ranking suggests. There’s no question that preventing strokes is important. But a big question is how best to do so and in whom. Michael Belkin, HMS professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

October 15, 2012

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers has created the first three-dimensional piece of artificial tissue that’s wired with electronics. Daniel Kohane, HMS professor of anaesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, was one of the senior researchers.

October 15, 2012

Seven decades after penicillin revolutionized the treatment of infections by killing bacteria, medicine is poised for another revolution. The central idea: Many bacteria, rather than creating disease, actually protect against it. Ramnik Xavier, HMS associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

October 15, 2012

For years, virtually every new mother has been sent home from the hospital with a gift bag full of free product samples, including infant formula. Now health authorities and breast-feeding advocates are leading a nationwide effort to ban formula samples. Melissa Bartick, HMS instructor in medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and Rachel Freedman, HMS instructor in medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are quoted.

October 14, 2012

Mitchell Rabkin, HMS professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, coauthored this opinion piece about the ailing fee-for-service model that could be replaced by salaried-physician groups working within a fixed budget.

October 14, 2012

A researcher named Hisashi Moriguchi claims to have run a clinical trial at HMS in which cardiac muscle cells were grown from induced pluripotent stem cells, and transplanted into six US patients with severe heart failure. Moriguchi has no current affiliation with Harvard.

October 13, 2012

Boston hospital officials say a new policy on beverages is helping create a healthier hospital, sets a good example and provides choices to patients and staff. Shari Nethersole, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.


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