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November 24, 2014

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers say that health care reform hasn't affected the health of those with chronic diseases. Tomasz P. Stryjewski, clinical fellow in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, is the lead author of the study. J. Frank Wharam, assistant professor of population medicine, is the senior author.

November 24, 2014

Emergency treatments delivered in ambulances that offer “Advanced Life Support” for cardiac arrest may be linked to more death, comas and brain damage than those providing “Basic Life Support.” Prachi Sanghavi, a PhD student in the Harvard Program in Health Policy, is lead author of the study. 

November 23, 2014

Studies show that older African Americans are almost twice as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease for genetic, biological and socioeconomic reasons. Yet relatively few African Americans want to talk about Alzheimer’s, which is the leading cause of dementia. For historical reasons, even fewer want to participate in clinical research trials that could deliver benefits to themselves and future generations. Reisa A. Sperling, professor of neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted. Sperling is the principal investigator of a study involving 60 sites in the United States, Canada and Australia attempting to learn whether regular transfusions of an antibody will stop the cascading series of events that lead to memory loss, cognitive impairment and, eventually, death.

November 23, 2014

The anywhere, anytime gambling culture has changed the face of the industry over the past 15 years and brought fresh temptations to those who struggle to prevent a harmless flutter from becoming a dangerous addiction. HMS researchers have spent almost a decade working for online gambling company Bwin.Party to create an algorithm capable of identifying gambling addiction behavior, with a view to addressing customer issues before they become too entrenched. Howard Shaffer, associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, is one of the researchers.

November 21, 2014

Our growing reliance on computer automation may be exacting a high price. Worrisome evidence suggests that our own intelligence is withering as we become more dependent on the artificial variety. Research by Beth Lown, associate professor of medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, is cited.

November 21, 2014

New scrutiny over morcellator tool used in hysterectomies may save lives, but some women pay the grim price for decisions made before alarms rang. Christopher Awtrey, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is quoted.

November 21, 2014

Though they seem rare, kids' cancers have a huge impact; cancer is the second-leading cause of death among children, after accidents. Yet very few new drugs are developed specifically for kids' cancers; most drugs used for childhood cancer aren't approved for use in kids. Stephen Sallan, professor of pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

November 20, 2014

Saving money isn’t really the point of hospice care. Helping dying patients have the best possible remaining life, followed by a good death, is really the purpose. But whether hospice care saves money has prompted debate for years. Ziad Obermeyer, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.


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