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November 5, 2012

In 1938, a group of researchers began an intensive study of 268 students at Harvard. The plan was to track them through their entire lives, measuring, testing and interviewing them every few years to see how lives develop. George Vaillant, HMS professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study’s director.

November 5, 2012

Anaesthetists have been putting people to sleep for years, but how the drugs they use send you into a slumber is still largely a mystery. New research suggests it involves the obliteration of long distance communication in the brain. Patrick Purdon, HMS instructor in anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, was one of the researchers.

November 5, 2012

Harvard affiliates have been powerful voices in this year’s debate over physician-assisted suicide—an unsurprising reality, given the effect the initiative could have on those at the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the 17 affiliated hospitals and research institutes, and even professors in the Law School or government department. David Jones, the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at HMS; Lachlan Forrow, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Robert Truog, HMS professor of anaesthesia (pediatrics) at Boston Children’s Hospital; Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine; and Lisa Lehmann, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted.

November 5, 2012

James M. Perrin, HMS professor of pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, who last month became the president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, participated in a Q&A with The Boston Globe about the biggest health issues facing today’s kids.

November 5, 2012

Taking a daily multivitamin didn't cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in a study that followed more than 14,500 men for over a decade. There was a small reduction in cancer risk, according to results from the study released in October. Howard Sesso, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is one of the authors of the study. Dariush Mozaffarian, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is also quoted.

November 5, 2012

As a result of a new federal program, hospitals are rolling out new programs to lower readmission rates. Elizabeth Brem, HMS clinical fellow in medicine; Julius Yang, HMS assistant professor of medicine; Peter Zimetbaum, HMS associate professor of medicine, all of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Donald Berwick, HMS lecturer on health care policy, are quoted. An article by Karen Joynt, HMS instructor in medicine and Ashish Jha, HMS associate professor of medicine, both of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is also mentioned.

November 5, 2012

According to a new study, the number of smokers lighting up on hospital grounds has fallen about seven percentage points since 1995. Susan Regan, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the lead author.

November 5, 2012

Orthopedic surgeons-in-training said they were tired less often after rules regulating how much they could work went into place, according to a U.S. survey. Debra Weinstein, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, was one of the researchers. But the results published in the Annals of Surgery found the trainee doctors didn't actually get any more sleep under the limited work hours policy, and also said they felt less prepared as doctors and were less satisfied with their education.

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