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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
May 16, 2012

A new study examines the damage to the connections between the networks in Phineas Gage's brain, finding that this probably contributed to Gage's documented behavioral changes. The article mentions that Gage’s skull is on display at the Warren Anatomical Museum.

May 15, 2012

According to new research, the disconnect between our social calendars and our biological clocks is creating a kind of jet lag which can lead to being overweight or obese. Matthew Gillman, HMS professor of population medicine, is quoted.

May 14, 2012

Donald Berwick, HMS lecturer on health care policy, wrote an editorial in today’s Boston Globe about bills now under consideration by the Massachusetts House and Senate for controlling health care costs in the state.

May 14, 2012

Colon cancer screenings that don’t require laxatives are almost as effective as colonoscopies and may encourage more people to be tested, researchers said. Michael Zalis, HMS associate professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study’s lead author.

May 14, 2012

A study led by John Meara, HMS associate professor of surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, found that performing Caesarean deliveries extensively in 49 poor countries would save 16,800 mothers’ lives annually and prevent many fistulas — vaginal tears so severe that they reach the rectum, causing lifelong anguish.

May 14, 2012

The first National Alzheimer’s Plan sets a deadline of 2025 to finally find effective ways to treat, or at least stall, the mind-destroying disease. Reisa Sperling, HMS associate professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

May 14, 2012

As the cost of mapping a person’s genome falls, some experts and health-care companies are predicting that genome sequencing will one day become common practice in doctors' offices and hospitals as a means of guiding prevention and treatment of illnesses. Robert C. Green, HMS lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is leading a trial to see what patients and their primary-care doctors do with the genetic information, including changing lifestyle, prescribing drugs and ordering additional tests.

May 14, 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital in the next few weeks will launch a large, long-awaited test of whether a controversial cutting-edge proton beam therapy is more effective than standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Jason Efstathiou, HMS assistant professor of radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Karen Marcus, HMS associate professor of radiation oncology at Children’s Hospital Boston, are quoted.

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