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January 14, 2015

Researchers have uncovered a major genetic risk for heart failure — a mutation affecting a key muscle protein that makes the heart less elastic. Christine Seidman, Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and HMS professor of genetics, is a study coauthor.

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 13, 2015

A new drug, LCZ696, may mark a significant improvement in heart failure treatments. The drug acts as both an angiotensin receptor blocker and utilizes a neprilysin inhibitor, which limits the hormones that cause blood vessel constriction.  Scott Solomon, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

January 13, 2015

While most cancer cells multiply quickly, some do not, and it's those "slow proliferators" that may play a key role in a cancer becoming resistant to certain drugs which are designed to kill the fast-growing type. Now, researchers have identified the cause of slowly-dividing cancer cells, paving to way for research into new therapies to target them. Sridhar Ramaswamy, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, led the study.

January 13, 2015

A new cancer drug, Opdivo, is working so well that pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb announced Monday it is stopping a trial in lung cancer two years ahead of schedule. Pasi Janne, professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

January 13, 2015

Actor Michael J. Fox had holes drilled into his brain as part of his treatment for Parkinson's Disease, according to one of his doctors. Allan Ropper, professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

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