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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
September 25, 2012

A team from Boston Children’s Hospital is tracking reported cases abroad of a new virus identified this week as being from the same family of viruses that cause common colds and serious acute respiratory syndrome, the infection better known as SARS that killed hundreds around the world in a 2003 outbreak. John Brownstein, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the founder of the technology that tracks the disease.

September 25, 2012

A trial of a repurposed experimental cancer drug has given parents, physicians, and scientists their first tantalizing evidence that it is possible to affect the course of a rare, fatal disease that causes children to age prematurely and die before reaching adulthood. Mark Kieran, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, led the trial. Leslie Gordon, HMS lecturer on anaesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, is also quoted.

September 25, 2012

A class of drugs commonly given to children undergoing tonsillectomy is not likely to increase the risk of serious bleeding after surgery, according to a new U.S. study. Christopher Hartnick, HMS professor of otology and laryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is a co-author of the study.

September 25, 2012

It wasn't all that long ago that it took hundreds of scientists years, and billions of dollars, to analyze just one genome. But now, a few lab techs using high-speed sequencers can unravel anyone's DNA for just thousands of dollars, in weeks. Robert Green, HMS lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

September 25, 2012

The first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer is reshaping our understanding of the disease, pointing the way to a cure. Judy Garber, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was a guest on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, to discuss this analysis.

September 24, 2012

As states loosen their laws around limited marijuana use, raising concerns that it could cause an increase in use by teenagers, recent studies have found that marijuana dependency among teens can change their brains for the long term. Sion Kim Harris, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital; John Knight, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Lester Grinspoon, HMS associate professor of psychiatry, emeritus, are quoted.

September 24, 2012

Scientists have known for a while that breast cancer is really four different diseases, with subtypes among them, an insight that has helped improve treatment for some women. But experts haven't understood much about how these four types differ. A new report provides a big leap in that understanding. Matthew Meyerson, HMS professor of pathology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is one of the study’s authors.

September 23, 2012

Nearly 10% of American young people have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives and figuring out how to best help those teens can be tricky, say counselors, psychiatrists and adults with ADHD, because everyone's situation and form of ADHD is different. Craig Surman, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

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