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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
September 30, 2012

For the first time ever, thanks to a handful of drug approvals over the past 2½ years, there are now multiple options for treating advanced prostate cancer. Philip Kantoff, HMS professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

September 28, 2012

A protein that drives the generation of new muscle fibers from stem cells during development and after injury paradoxically also appears to be responsible for the gradual decline in our muscles’ ability to repair as we age. Andrew S. Brack, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the study.

September 27, 2012

Researchers can now order a “plug-and-play” human genome interpretation system from Knome, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based genome analysis company co-founded by George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS.

September 27, 2012

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy aimed at killing cancer cells may have the undesirable effect of helping to create cancer stem cells, which are thought to be particularly adept at generating new tumors and are especially resistant to treatment, researchers say. Chiang Li, HMS lecturer on medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is the lead author of the study.

September 26, 2012

Thanks to the recent findings of a team of Harvard researchers, scientists can now view more than four microspecies at once using fluorescent microscopy—a development which will give scientists a fuller understanding of the samples they are examining. Peng Yin, HMS assistant professor of systems biology; William Shih, HMS associate professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, led the team.

September 26, 2012

As sugar-packed sodas gain a deservedly bad reputation for packing pounds on kids, sports drinks are emerging as a “healthier” alternative -- but for most kids they’re just empty calories in disguise, a new study says.  Yet they often turn up in school vending machines --and use is rising especially in boys. Alison Field, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

September 26, 2012

Vanessa Kerry, HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, has created a partnership with the Peace Corps to send doctors and nurses abroad. In return a non-profit pays off part of school loans.

September 26, 2012

A cellular signature seen in the blood of multiple sclerosis patients may help determine their likelihood of relapse, potentially influencing which therapy physicians prescribe, a study found. Philip De Jager, HMS associate professor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is an author of the study.

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