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March 14, 2015

Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors' future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found. Marc Sabatine, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, led the study.

March 14, 2015

Experts in analytical testing say the New York Attorney General’s office may have used the wrong kind of test when it announced in its headline-grabbing investigation in February that store-brand herbal supplements sold by GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens contained little to none of the substances their labels claimed. Pieter Cohen, assistant professor at Cambridge Health Alliance, is quoted.

March 13, 2015

Nearly all of the limited healthcare resources of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone were diverted last year to cope with the Ebola crisis, leading to a drop in vaccination rates that could portend bigger measles outbreaks in the future, according to a study published this week. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, is quoted.

March 12, 2015

Google-backed genetic testing company 23andMe is launching its own drug development unit, betting that it can translate its database of customer DNA information into novel medicines. Robert Green, associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

March 12, 2015

Scientists should refrain from studies that alter the genome of human embryos, sperm, or egg cells, researchers warn in a commentary published today in Nature. George Daley, professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is quoted.

March 12, 2015

Walk the halls of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale and you’ll be struck by what you don’t hear: the beep, beep, beep of alarms. Typically, care facilities attach alarms to beds and wheelchairs of patients considered at risk of falling. The pressure-sensitive devices have been used since physical restraints were outlawed in the 1990s. But do alarms really keep residents safer? Are they worth the price of leaving them in fear of making the slightest move, interrupting their sleep and that of their roommates, and driving nurses and nursing aides to distraction every time one goes off? Hebrew SeniorLife is a Harvard Medical School affiliate.

March 12, 2015

If Congress increases the tobacco purchase age to 21 from 18, it will “substantially” reduce the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who begin smoking, according to the results of an independent study conducted for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Jonathan Winickoff, associate professor of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, is mentioned.

March 11, 2015

Stanford University researchers were stunned when they awoke Tuesday to find that 11,000 people had signed up for a cardiovascular study using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit, less than 24 hours after the iPhone tool was introduced. C. Michael Gibson, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted. 

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