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January 20, 2015

Continued coverage of the tragic death of Michael Davidson, HMS assistant professor of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

January 19, 2015

VSED, short for “voluntarily stopping eating and drinking,” is not unheard-of as an end-of-life strategy, typically used by older adults who hope to hasten their decline from terminal conditions. But now ethicists, lawyers and older adults themselves have begun a quiet debate about whether people who develop dementia can use VSED to end their lives by including such instructions in an advance directive. Susan Mitchell, professor of medicine, is quoted.

January 19, 2015

Stillbirth may seem to be rare, but it actually occurs in about 1 of every 160 pregnancies. Of these stillbirths, 10 to 20 percent occur during labor and delivery. But U.S. doctors can offer pregnant women little help in assessing their risk for stillbirth and even less help in preventing it. Ruth Fretts, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

January 18, 2015

Boston Children’s Hospital has embarked on one of the nation’s most ambitious programs to integrate 3-D printing technology into medical care with the aim of avoiding surgical complications, reducing the length of operations, and ultimately cutting costs. The hospital has one printer buzzing 24 hours a day and will add two more, at the cost of $400,000 each, later this year. Peter Weinstock, associate professor of anaesthesia at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted. Joseph Madsen, associate professor of neurosurgery at Boston Children's Hospital, and John Meara, associate professor of surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, are mentioned.

January 17, 2015

More than 6,800 patients received the e-mails over the past three months telling them they had been approved for the state’s medical marijuana program. The e-mails contained detailed personal information — a practice specialists say constituted a clear violation of privacy standards. John Halamka, professor of emergency medicine and chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

January 16, 2015

Following a multiyear process of self-reflection and review, Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University, has announced the establishment of a new Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI). It will officially become a Quad-based department on July 1, 2015. Isaac “Zak” Kohane, co-director of the HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics, director of the Countway Library of Medicine and the HMS Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, will be the department’s inaugural chair.

January 16, 2015

Anne Brewster, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, coauthored this piece about art as a form of therapy.

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.

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