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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
April 26, 2012

A recent Harvard study does suggest that people who get a good night’s rest find it easier to resist overeating — especially when it comes to gorging on high-calorie foods like ice cream, cheeseburgers or French fries.  HMS assistant professor of psychology William Killgore is quoted.

April 26, 2012

Two years ago, Harvard Medical School received an anonymous $30 million donation to study and improve primary care. Harvard Medical School dean Dr. Jeffrey Flier and Center for Primary Care director Dr. Russell Phillips tell Emily why primary care in the US is in a “crisis.”

April 26, 2012

Sweet and refreshing, berries are thought of as a summer treat, but new evidence suggests that these fruits eaten regularly may also help preserve brain function. Clifford Saper, HMS professor of neurology, is quoted.

April 23, 2012

A growing number of hospitals say they are fielding requests from families to have children present during delivery and relaxing policies to accommodate them. Toni Golen, HMS assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

April 23, 2012

After a three-decade tripling in childhood obesity rates, the trend has leveled off and, for the first time, appears to be on a substantial decline - at least among Massachusetts infants and preschoolers, according to a new study. Xiaozhong Wen, HMS research fellow in population medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, is the lead author. David Ludwig, HMS professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston, is also quoted.

April 23, 2012

A new documentary on HBO offers some insight into the obesity epidemic in the country, particularly with America's children. Elsie Taveras, HMS assistant professor of population medicine and Greg Lewis, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are both featured in the four-part series.

April 23, 2012

Scientists may have identified the cause of “brain freeze” as a change in the brain's blood flow associated with consuming cold drinks or desserts. Jorge Serrador, HMS instructor in neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study.

April 20, 2012

The results of a study showed that administering psilocybin to terminally ill subjects could be done safely while reducing the subjects’ anxiety and depression about their impending deaths. John Halpern, HMS assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is also mentioned as a physician who used psychedelic drugs in an effort to ease end-of-life anxieties in two patients with Stage 4 cancer. 

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