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October 3, 2012

Boston-area teaching hospitals and universities are bracing for deep cuts in the federal funding that has fueled biomedical research for decades, raising fears that breakthrough work on cancer cures, stem cells, gene therapy, and other research will suffer setbacks. Bill Chin, executive dean for research; Lee Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research; Peter L. Slavin, president of Massachusetts General Hospital; Stirling Churchman, HMS assistant professor of genetics; and David Scadden, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, are quoted.

October 2, 2012

For reasons doctors don't completely understand, a woman's risk of breast cancer actually goes up in the five years or so after she has a child, called postpartum breast cancer, and doctors are increasingly trying to understand why this occurs. Eric Winer, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

October 2, 2012

George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, participated in a Q&A about “Regenesis,” his new book about synthetic biology that he encoded into chunks of DNA.

October 2, 2012

New research suggests that beta-blocker pills don't prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiac deaths in patients with heart disease, but doctors are torn over whether there's enough in the study to make them want to stop prescribing the drugs. Christopher Cannon, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is a coauthor.

October 2, 2012

Taking vitamin D supplements does nothing to prevent colds or other forms of upper respiratory tract infections, according to a new study. Jeffrey Linder, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

October 1, 2012

Extending treatment with Roche's breast cancer drug Herceptin to two years from the one year current standard is not worth while, trial data showed on Monday, but shortening treatment to six months also looks unlikely to benefit patients. Richard Gelber, HMS professor of pediatrics, at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led the trial.

October 1, 2012

On any given day, children in the U.S. are exposed to nearly four hours of background TV -- a finding that experts say may take a toll on children's development. Michael Rich, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

October 1, 2012

Ben Warf, HMS associate professor of surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, has been named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, one of four Boston-area recipients of the “genius grant.”

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