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February 3, 2014

David Israel, assistant professor of radiology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, died in his Newton home on Jan. 23 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 60.

February 3, 2014

Gay and bisexual teenage boys are more than five times more likely to misuse steroids than their heterosexual counterparts, U.S. researchers say. Aaron J. Blashill, instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, and Steven A. Safren, professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, both of Massachusetts General Hospital, were authors on the study.

February 1, 2014

For thousands of years, humans have turned to opioids to relieve their pain. But it’s well known that opioids have a dark side, so scientists are working to develop an effective, nonaddictive painkiller. Clifford Woolf, professor of neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

January 31, 2014

Jason Wasfy, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and others report that recurrent chest discomfort is the most common cause for readmission after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

January 31, 2014

At 83, Roman DeSanctis, the Evelyn and James Jenks and Paul Dudley White Professor of Medicine, is the oldest practicing doctor that Mass. General leaders can recall. Today DeSanctis retires after six decades at the hospital.

January 30, 2014

Women who take estrogen-only hormone-replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms might also be reducing their risk for a common form of the eye disease glaucoma, according to new research. Louis Pasquale, associate professor of ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is an author on the paper. Angela Turalba, instructor in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is quoted.

January 30, 2014

Cognitive ability and psychological well-being correlate directly with the amount of attention and nurturing children receive when they are young, according to recent research that includes studies of Romanian institutions. Research by Charles Nelson, professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is cited. Nelson is also the author of a new book on the topic due out this month called, “Romania’s Abandoned Children.”

January 30, 2014

Sam Dickman, HMS student; David Himmelstein, lecturer on medicine; Danny McCormick, associate professor of medicine; and Steffie Woolhandler, lecturer on medicine; all of Cambridge Health Alliance, authored this blog post that estimates the number and demographic characteristics of people likely to remain uninsured as a result of states’ opting out of Medicaid expansion as well as the likely health and financial impacts of states’ opt-out decisions.


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