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August 7, 2014

According to new research, three-quarters of astronauts in a 10-year study reported using sleeping pills such as zolpidem and zaleplon during nights in space, a worrisome finding because the medications can jeopardize the ability to quickly wake up and respond to emergencies, the researchers said. Laura K. Barger, instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the lead author.

August 7, 2014

After nearly a year of campaigning to ban a procedure favored by the medical community and dealing with his wife's life-threatening cancer diagnosis, Hooman Noorchashm, lecturer on surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said he finally feels his family is on solid ground again. Noorchashm, a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and his wife Amy Reed, a certified-anesthesiologist, spearheaded a campaign last fall to ban the practice of using laparoscopic power morcellation in the removal of uterine fibroids or the uterus due to possible cancer risks.

August 6, 2014

Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and HMS professor of medicine, was recently a guest on Boston Public Radio to discuss his new book, Thinfluence, an examination of all the environmental factors — friends, family, advertisements, entertainment — that influence our weight.

August 6, 2014

Sheila Nutt, director of educational outreach in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, authored this post about mentoring. She features the work of Joan Y. Reede, dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, who launched the Minority Faculty Development Program to increase diversity among the HMS faculty and Project Success, which aims to increase awareness about and exposure to careers in the biomedical sciences for students from under-represented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who reside in Boston and Cambridge. Edward K. Brown Jr, who graduated from HSDM, is also featured.

August 6, 2014

A computer program run by epidemiologists in Boston had already alerted key agencies of the U.S. government about West Africa's Ebola outbreak four days before the World Health Organization first announced it. John Brownstein, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is a cofounder of Healthmap.org, a group that scours social media and online news sources for early signs of disease outbreaks.

August 6, 2014

Research showing that graduate students in psychology learn little about military medical ethics and international human rights laws is featured in this piece on the connection between ethics education and torture. J. Wesley Boyd, lead author of the study and an HMS assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

August 6, 2014

A Cambridge-based biotech company that has developed an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus is urging federal officials to consider allowing the unproven medication to be used on patients who have been infected in Africa’s deadly outbreak and brought to the United States for treatment. Research by Sean P. J. Whelan, professor of microbiology and immunobiology, is cited.

August 6, 2014

Annie Brewster, instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this post and produced the audio about a patient who shared her story about navigating infertility.

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