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July 24, 2012

Relatively few clinical trials have tested the safety and effectiveness of medications in children - even when kids make up a large share of patients with the condition the drug treats, a newstudy finds. Florence T. Bourgeois, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the lead researcher. Kenneth D. Mandl, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

July 24, 2012

Local scientists are among the leaders of a new national initiative to build “organs on a chip” -- living human tissue on a miniature platform that could be used to test potential medications for side effects, overcoming a major hurdle in drug development. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard will receive up to $37 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the initiative.

July 23, 2012

Living in an orphanage can literally change the structure of a child’s brain, according to a new study that has implications for international adoptions as well as conditions like ADHD, traumatic brain injury and autism. Charles Nelson, HMS professor of pediatrics and Margaret A. Sheridan, HMS instructor in pediatrics, both of Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

July 23, 2012

It’s been two months since a government task force recommended against doctors routinely ordering prostate cancer screening tests. But many physicians disagree with the new guidelines, leaving men in a quandary: Should they continue to be screened with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam beginning at age 50, or should they skip the screening altogether? Leigh Simmons,
HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 23, 2012

The 19th International AIDS Conference, which opened in Washington on Sunday, is demonstrating like no other forum that, when it comes to AIDS, science and advocacy have the same goals. Ken Mayer, HMS visiting professor of medicine at the Fenway Community Health Center, is quoted.

July 23, 2012

In their quest to build a beating heart from scratch, Harvard University researchers looked to the sea for inspiration, building a tiny swimming “jellyfish” out of rat heart cells and a thin, jellyfish-shaped polymer film. Harald Ott, HMS instructor in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 23, 2012

Vanessa Kerry, HMS instructor in medicine and director of the Global Public Policy and Social Change Program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS, talked to GlobalPost about the partnership she spearheaded between her non-profit and the Peace Corps.

July 23, 2012

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) andseveral collaborating institutions have linked mutations in specific genes to each of the four recognized subtypes of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor of children. Scott Pomeroy, Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital, was the leader of the study.

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