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February 2, 2015

The hope of scientists working on diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer is that the so-called precision medicine plan that President Obama proposed last week would speed efforts to understand genetic variations within diseases and to develop treatments for them. Robert Green, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

February 2, 2015

Mental distress is a universal condition. The World Health Organization has made global access to mental health care one of its key goals. But just as words for depression and anxiety get lost in translation, so can treatments. Devon Hinton, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

February 2, 2015

Lie detectors are used for background checks and job screenings—and in police investigations when officers want to extract information from a suspect. But lie detectors aren't allowed inside the courtroom during criminal cases. Judith Edersheim, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

January 29, 2015

Dhruv Khullar, clinical fellow in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this blog post about the powerful effects early childhood experiences, as well as by the struggles and triumphs of our parents and grandparents may have on our health. 

January 29, 2015

More than 30 million families are shouldering the significant health care demands of an ill loved one. Some families are fortunate enough to live in one of the handful of states that have paid family leave or earned sick time laws that allow workers to earn a portion of their pay while taking time off to address the health needs of a family member. Most families, however, must rely on the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, a law that guarantees 12 weeks of parental or sick leave but covers little more than half of all workers and does not include pay. Mark Schuster, William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted. 

January 29, 2015

Harvard Medical School will launch a new Department of Biomedical Informatics on July 1, according to Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University. The new department will build on a center in biomedical informatics,  which was established in 2005. HMS professor Isaac S. Kohane, Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of the current Center for Biomedical Informatics, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new department.

January 29, 2015

About 20 patients who would have had to cancel their appointments Tuesday as Boston was getting pummeled with snow instead had “virtual visits” with their doctors, which are like a video chat. Jason Wasfy, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Lee Schwamm, professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted. 

January 29, 2015

Harvard genomics researchers could see increased funding for their work should Congress approve a White House proposal to allocate millions more dollars to the research of medical treatments personalized to a patient’s genetic information. Heidi Rehm, associate professor of pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Patrick Ellinor, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted.

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