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July 6, 2012

Should patients be compensated for donating tissue? Three Boston ethicists explore that question with a recent case. Robert Truog, professor of anaesthesia (pediatrics) at Boston Children's Hospital; Aaron Kesselheim, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Steven Joffe, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, authored a recent article about this issue.

July 6, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick is scheduled to sign a new $32.5 billion state budget that would probably loosen a ban on gifts to doctors from drug and medical device companies. David Tian, an HMS student, is quoted.

July 6, 2012

Representatives from the Indian Health Service and Massachusetts General Hospital — the teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School — visited South Dakota Urban Indian Health in Pierre recently to explore the possibility of bringing resident physicians to underserved Native health care centers in the state. Patrick Lee, HMS clinical instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Matthew Tobey, HMS clinical fellow in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

July 6, 2012

(Subscription required) Assessing the tenure of the CEO, who announced in June that he is retiring in 2013. A dozen years ago, Len Fishman was at a crossroads. He was considering returning to his original career as a lawyer — after heading a national association of senior care providers and serving as New Jersey commissioner of health — when he heard about an opportunity in Boston.

July 5, 2012

An interview with John Halamka, CIO for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, explores his argument for why health information exchanges should use an “opt-in to disclose” policy to safeguard patient data.

July 5, 2012

Studying the stem cells of people with Parkinson's disease can help point to better treatments, according to a study led by Ole Isacson, HMS professor of neurology at McLean Hospital. A portion of the research involved reprogramming patients' skin cells into neurons — cells specific to the nervous system that are destroyed by Parkinson's — and examining the neurons under different conditions.

July 5, 2012

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard have developed a novel biomimetic strategy that delivers life-saving nanotherapeutics directly to obstructed blood vessels, dissolving blood clots before they cause serious damage or even death. The research was led by Wyss Director Donald Ingber, Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS, and Wyss Technology Development Fellow Netanel Korin.

July 4, 2012

The delirium that sometimes follows surgery may leave older heart patients with lingering problems with their mental function, including memory and attention, according to research from Hebrew SeniorLife, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

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