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Findings may help meet growing need for blood transfusions worldwide

Common genetic variant influences whether aspirin prevents cardiovascular disease—or raises risk

Drug shows potential for reducing risk of fatty liver disease in HIV-infected patients

Wade Harper will succeed Joan Brugge

Genome editing tool offers strategy to tackle insect-borne disease

A new study shows how an HMS primary care initiative has been transforming medical practices.

HMS in the News

July 24, 2014

An initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital gives patients online, written and visual information to involve them in shared decision-making. One of the goals is to make risk understandable — bridging the gap between percent probabilities and words. Karen Sepucha, assistant professor of medicine; Leigh Simmons, assistant professor of medicine; and Andy Freiberg, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, are quoted.

July 24, 2014

For the first time, researchers have determined the genetic markers that determine the timing of a woman’s first period, opening the doors to determining a woman’s risk for disease later in life. Douglas P. Kiel, professor of medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, is quoted.

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