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January 16, 2013

There is now a flurry of new trials at cutting-edge medical centers in Boston and elsewhere, and yesterday, a rigorous randomized trial found that most patients with serious, recurrent infections caused by the bacteria C. difficile got better when donor feces were infused into their intestines. George Russell, HMS instructor in pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is quoted.

January 16, 2013

Leana Wen, HMS clinical fellow in medicine and Joshua Kosowsky, HMS assistant professor of medicine, both emergency physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-authored the new book, “When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.”

January 16, 2013

An experiment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that surgeons, nurses, and other staff members can vastly improve their handling of critical situations by reviewing checklists, an approach used by pilots during airplane mishaps. Atul Gawande, HMS professor of surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study. Charles Pozner, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, was also one of the authors.

January 16, 2013

In a new study, researchers analyzed 68 studies that compared added sugar intake in sweetened beverages and other foods with weight changes and found that when participants were advised to lower their sugar intake they lost an average of nearly two pounds over six to eight months. Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and David Ludwig, HMS professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, wrote an editorial that accompanied the study.

January 16, 2013

Local coordination of brain activity is impaired in people with autism, according to a new study. Tal Kenet, HMS instructor in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is a study corresponding author.

January 15, 2013

Alexander Leaf, the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus, who led the preventive medicine department at Harvard Medical School after stepping down as chief of medicine at MGH, died of pneumonia Dec. 24 at the age of 92.

January 15, 2013

According to a new study, when people outside of hospitals go into cardiac arrest, their brains are better preserved one month out if emergency medical responders use an older, lower-tech method called bag-valve-mask ventilation in conjunction with CPR to preserve the supply of air to the lungs than if they try to manage the situation more aggressively. Kohei Hasegawa, HMS instructor in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of the authors.

January 15, 2013

Chicago residents have a new way of curing a hangover or flu: getting an IV. John Kelly, HMS associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

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