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February 13, 2015

For doctors, there are rarely easy decisions to be made when it comes to the care of someone who is critically ill. In some cases, a bleak prognosis may require them to advise a patient against continuing their treatment. Other times, they may see cause for optimism, however remote it may seem. Knowing how or when to make that determination is the tricky part. Michael Belkin, professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Nicholas Sadovnikoff, assistant professor of anaesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, participated in a discussion about treating patients who are nearing the end of life. Atul Gawande, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is mentioned.

February 13, 2015

Steve Schlozman, assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Gene Beresin, professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, coauthored this article about anorexia and the restrictions on insurance coverage of the treatment of eating disorders

February 13, 2015

Leaders from several Boston hospitals met with Boston police to review safety procedures following last month’s fatal shooting of a cardiovascular surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

February 13, 2015

We’ve all heard stories of injured athletes taking the field, wounded soldiers completing missions, or panicked parents exhibiting superhuman endurance to rescue their children. Such dramatic stress pumps up dopamine and adrenaline, improving focus and distracting from pain. But everyday stress acts differently, new research shows. It can push dopamine levels down, making pain feel worse and harder to ignore, according to a new study. Randall Paulsen, assistant professor of psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

February 12, 2015

A mysterious group of humans from the east stormed western Europe 4,500 years ago — bringing with them technologies such as the wheel, as well as a language that is the forebear of many modern tongues, suggests one of the largest studies of ancient DNA yet conducted. David Reich, professor of genetics, led the research.

February 11, 2015

Joel Hirschhorn, Concordia Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, participated in a Q&A about the link between genes and weight.

February 11, 2015

Dozens of cardiologists in communities outside major metro areas are performing catheterization procedures – such as diagnostic angiograms and artery-clearing angioplasties – at higher rates than doctors working at big city hospitals that serve as major cardiac referral centers. News data say it raises a critical question: How many of these catheterization procedures are medically advisable and how many put patients at unnecessary risk and add billions of dollars to the nation’s medical bill? David Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, is quoted.

February 11, 2015

Atul Gawande, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, brought his-best selling book on end-of-life care, "Being Mortal," to the small screen Tuesday night in an hour-long documentary providing a deeply intimate look at patients in their final days, their families, and the doctors wrestling with patients' expectations — as well as their own.

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