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October 1, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration, in an attempt to ensure the safety of popular medicines, is partnering with one of the most prominent medical insurers in Massachusetts. It has awarded a contract for up to $150 million to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute ‹ a collaboration between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Harvard Medical School ‹ to spearhead a program that sifts through billions of prescriptions and other electronic health care data to investigate issues with FDA-approved drugs. Richard Platt, head of the Department of Population Medicine and professor of population medicine, is quoted.Read the full article 

October 1, 2013

A new analysis of hormone therapy for menopause reaffirms previous warnings that the drugs have more risks than benefits for most women — but also states that the harms are low early in menopause and that hormones are “appropriate for symptom management in some women.” JoAnn E. Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the first author. Elizabeth G. Nabel, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, wrote an editorial accompanying the report.

October 1, 2013

Researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary have devised a way of using the phones to perform fundus photography, which is the photographing of the retina. Shizuo Mukai, HMS associate professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is the senior author.

October 1, 2013

It has been nearly a year since voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure allowing medical use of marijuana. Kevin Hill, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, was a guest on “The Morning Show” to share his insight on the progress of the legislation.

September 30, 2013

The ancient Chinese practice of qigong shows promise in helping ease hypertension and depression. A study by Albert Yeung, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is cited.

September 30, 2013

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, HMS lecturer on medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, authored this opinion piece about the ethical issues surrounding the use of Big Data.

September 30, 2013

Researchers who analyzed records of more than 730,000 cancer patients found that married patients did significantly better than single people. They lived longer, received better treatment and were more likely to be diagnosed before metastatic cancers developed. Ayal Aizer, HMS clinical fellow in radiation oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is the lead author.

September 30, 2013

U.S. medical education is based on a century-old structure. Leading physicians are calling to streamline medical school to three years. How long does it take to make a doctor? An article by Richard Schwartzstein, the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medical Education and director of the Academy at HMS, is featured.

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