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January 15, 2015

Widespread uncontrolled inflammation, multiple organ failure, and death were the results of lymphocytic cytomegalovirus (LCMV) infection in mice that had been immunized with a vaccine that solely elicited a T helper cell response, according to research. The results suggest vaccines that activate multiple arms of the immune system are likely to be safest and most effective. Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research. Bruce Walker, professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

January 15, 2015

Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk of acquiring the virus that leads to AIDS if they have mental health problems, according to a new study. Matthew Mimiaga, associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, led the research.

January 15, 2015

Massachusetts residents with HIV are twice as likely as patients nationally to have the disease under control, according to a report from the state Department of Public Health with wider implications for other states and nations seeking to curb the spread of the virus. Kenneth Mayer, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Bisola Ojikutu, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, are quoted.

January 15, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 9,000 clinic visits for headaches over 10 years and found that the number of patients referred for a CAT scan or MRI, or referred to a specialist, like a neurologist, essentially doubled over the decade, and that counseling about lifestyle changes that could help prevent or treat headaches, fell considerably. John Mafi, research fellow in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the study.

January 14, 2015

Large multi-agency, multi-state hospices are fast becoming the primary source of end-of-life care in the U.S. According to a new study, chains cared for nearly half of all hospice patients in 2011, a dramatic increase from a decade before when small organizations (mostly non-profits) provided three-quarters of all care. Jesse Dalton, research analyst in the Department of Health Care Policy, David Grabowski, professor of health care policy, and Haiden Huskamp, professor of health care policy, coauthored the study. 

January 14, 2015

Last August and September, a nasty cold swept through the Harvard Medical School campus. As documented in the Harvard Medical Student Review, a survey of 400 students at HMS and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that it hit roughly a quarter of first-year students and a third of second-year students. Harvard Medical School student J. Bradley Segal conducted the survey.

January 14, 2015

Harvard has newly invested tens of millions of dollars in oil and gas companies, rebuffing campaigners’ demands to sever the wealthy university’s ties to the companies that cause climate change. Jim Recht, assistant professor of psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

January 14, 2015

Some of the differences in breast cancer outcomes between white and black women in the U.S. can be attributed to biology, suggests a new study. Nancy Keating, associate professor of health care policy, is quoted.

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