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July 11, 2015

The same forces that have made instant messaging and video calls part of daily life for many Americans are now shaking up basic medical care. Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor of health care policy, is quoted.

July 10, 2015

In an audit that is believed to be the first of its kind, Harvard Medical School researchers have tested 23 online “symptom checkers” and found that, though the programs varied widely in accuracy of diagnoses and triage advice, as a whole they were astonishingly inaccurate. Hannah Semigran, research assistant in health care policy, and Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor of health care policy, are the study coauthors.

July 10, 2015

Elderly patients may be willing to let family members access their medical records and make decisions on their behalf, but they also want to retain granular control of their health information, a study suggests. Bradley Crotty, instructor in medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research.

July 10, 2015

The House of Representatives is planning to consider a bill Friday that could give a big cash infusion to medical research, which has been struggling in recent years. But the bill would also tweak the government's drug approval process in a way that makes some researchers nervous. Jerry Avorn, professor of medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, is quoted.

July 9, 2015

According to professors at HMS, studies show that engaging in artistic expression can help healthcare providers reduce burnout and foster empathy, and enhance their ability to communicate and connect with patients. Suzanne Koven, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; David S. Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine; and Lisa Wong, assistant professor of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, are mentioned.

July 9, 2015

Proposed legislation that would allot $8.75 billion in new NIH grants over the next five years comes at a cost that’s too high in the eyes of critics. They say the bill, backed by the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical-device industries, would weaken Food and Drug Administration scrutiny and jeopardize patient safety. Jerry Avorn, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is quoted.

July 9, 2015

Researchers tested 23 online symptom checkers and found that the correct diagnosis was provided first on a list of potential illnesses only about a third of the time. That means symptom checkers are spitting out wrong diagnoses two-thirds of the time.  Ateev Mehrotra, associate professor of health care policy, led the research.

July 8, 2015

Inherited conditions account for at least half of all childhood deafness. More than 70 genes are known to cause various forms of hereditary deafness. Jeffrey Holt, associate professor of otology and laryngology at Boston Children's Hospital, and his team are the first to use gene therapy to treat hereditary deafness.

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