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July 1, 2015

A landmark report published by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery argues that a lack of access to safe surgical care has a major impact on the health and well-being of people around the world. A public conference at Harvard Medical School on May 6 marked the report’s launch, following a similar meeting in London. John Meara, Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine in the field of Global Surgery and professor of surgery at Boston Children's Hospital, is one of three commission co-chairs. Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, instructor in surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital; Robert Riviello, instructor in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, are quoted.

June 23, 2015

Researchers will begin recruiting cancer survivors who completed treatments at least six months earlier but are still experiencing moderate to severe levels of cancer-related fatigue for an open-label placebo trial. Ted Kaptchuk, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is a coleader of the research.

June 23, 2015

Harold Bursztajn, part-time associate professor of psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, fielded questions and comments during a CNN Parents Facebook chat about mental illness and addiction.

June 23, 2015

New research suggests that inflated diagnoses by health insurance companies  and companies they consult with cost the government billions a year. Timothy Layton, research fellow in health care policy, is a study co-author.

June 22, 2015

A gene once believed to contribute to human obesity has nothing to do with body weight, according to a new study. This new work overturns an accepted finding about the genetics of obesity. Steven McCarroll, assistant professor of genetics, and Joel Hirschhorn, the Concordia Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, are co-senior authors.

June 22, 2015

A profile of fourth-year medical student Brian Powers, who has published 20 academic articles, many of which have made their way into some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals.

June 22, 2015

Doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are developing and testing a smartphone app that they hope will help patients and their doctors better manage chronic pain, and in so doing, help shrink the escalating medical costs associated with the condition. Robert Jamison, professor of anesthesia at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

June 22, 2015

Recent research has revealed that all non-Africans living today retain a genetic trace—1-3 percent of the genome—of Neanderthal ancestry. And 40,000 years ago, human genomes may have contained twice as much Neanderthal DNA, according to a new study. David Reich, professor of genetics, is a senior author on the study.

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