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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
October 18, 2012

Harvard Magazine looks at the Boston area as a mecca of medicine, home to some of the most prestigious hospitals and medical schools, physicians and medical scientists in the world.

October 17, 2012

A new study hasfound that a high percentage of survivors of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., have battled depression and post-traumatic stress, regardless of whether they suffered burn injuries in the deadly blaze. Jeffrey Schneider, HMS assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, is the lead researcher.

October 17, 2012

Researchers announced that a large clinical trial of nearly 15,000 older male doctors followed for more than a decade found that those taking a daily multivitamin experienced 8 percent fewer cancers than the subjects taking dummy pills. J. Michael Gaziano, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System, is the lead author. David Chapin, HMS assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, participated in the trial.

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.

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