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November 5, 2014

Researchers may have figured out why different species develop different kinds of genitalia. In snakes and reptiles, the genitals grow to mimic leg buds—producing twin organs. In humans, the genitals grow to mimic a tail bud—so the penis ends up as a single structure. Clifford Tabin, George Jacob and Jacqueline Hazel Leder Professor of Genetics and head of the Department of Genetics, led the research. Patrick Tschopp, research fellow in genetics, is the study's first author.

November 5, 2014

Changing how doctors communicate during shift changes in hospitals reduced the risk of adverse events in patients by 30 percent, a new study found. Amy Starmer, lecturer on pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, led the research.

November 5, 2014

Researchers have determined that the genitalia of mammals and reptiles develop from two different tissues, but the structures share common genetic programs and molecular induction signals. Clifford Tabin, George Jacob and Jacqueline Hazel Leder Professor of Genetics and head of the Department of Genetics, led the research. Patrick Tschopp, research fellow in genetics, is the study's first author.

November 4, 2014

Recently, brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard decided to end her life with pills prescribed by her doctor in Oregon—one of three states that have “death with dignity” laws—but doctors, medical ethicists and patient rights activists in the Boston area remain divided over whether doctors should actively participate in patient deaths. Marcia Angell, senior lecturer in social medicine, Lachlan Forrow, associate professor of medicine and director of ethics programs and palliative care programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Lisa Lehmann, associate professor of medicine and head of the Center for Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted. 

November 4, 2014

Claire McCarthy, assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, authored this blog post about the importance of speaking to babies. 

November 4, 2014

A group at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital are testing a novel way to track the virus in real time, and are calling on sniffly and sneezing New Englanders for help. Rumi Chunara, instructor in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, is the chief researcher behind the flu crowdsourcing website GoViral.

November 4, 2014

University Benefits Committee members Michael Chernew, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy; Barbara J. McNeil, Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy; and Joseph Newhouse, John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, co-authored this opinon peice about the process and the thinking behind the recommendations to change Harvard University's health benefits.

November 4, 2014

Steve Schlozman, assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, authored this opinion piece about the impact of systematic stress placed on teenagers.

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