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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
February 15, 2012

Researchers have discovered a defective gene that's responsible for more than one-quarter of cases of inherited dilated cardiomyopathy, a serious heart muscle disease that often leads to heart failure by middle age. Jonathan Seidman, the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation Professor of Genetics at HMS, and Christine Seidman, the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at HMS and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are co-authors of the study.

February 14, 2012

Health care leaders are concerned about the growing problem of drug shortages linked to manufacturing problems and the rise of what the speakers described as a “gray market,’’ in which drug suppliers stockpile medications, then sell them at inflated prices. David Frank, HMS associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

February 14, 2012

According to a new study, wealth and, more broadly, socioeconomic status, play a powerful role in determining how long we live. Research by George Vaillant, HMS professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is highlighted.

February 14, 2012

Car exhaust and other air pollution, even at levels considered safe by federal regulations, may substantially increase the risk of a stroke, according to new research. Murray A. Mittleman, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is an author of the study.

February 13, 2012

Medicare’s first public effort to identify hospitals with patient safety problems has pinpointed many prestigious teaching hospitals in Boston and around the nation, raising concerns about quality at these places but also bolstering objections that the government’s measurements are skewed.

February 13, 2012

A new study has shown that childhood abuse leads to permanent changes in a seahorse-shaped area of the brain that can cause adult depression and drug abuse. Martin Teicher, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital, is an author of the study.

February 13, 2012

Dallas Wiens, who received a full facial transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2011, is profiled.

February 13, 2012

Attempts to develop a vaccine to prevent the spread of herpes have failed, but three local efforts to develop therapeutic vaccines may eventually provide a solution for those with herpes, as well as a wide range of other illnesses. Research by Darren Higgins, HMS professor of microbiology and immunobiology, and David M. Knipe, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology and chair, Harvard Virology
Program, is highlighted.

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