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July 27, 2015

Earlier this month, the federal health program for the elderly proposed to start paying physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to talk with patients about their end-of-life wishes. Details of the plan are expected later this year, with possible adoption next year. Jennifer S. Temel, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Lachlan Forrow, associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Susan Block, professor of psychiatry at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Holly Thomas, instructor in population medicine; and Angelo E. Volandes, assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital are quoted. 

July 27, 2015

Last summer the Stoneham resident suffered a devastating brain stem stroke that left her unable to walk, dress herself, or sing a note.  The stroke seemed like a fluke. And yet, strokes are far more common in younger adults than previously thought. Aneesh Singhal, associate professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted. 

July 24, 2015

There's no doubt that sleeping just four hours a night catches up to people within a few nights, leading to impairments of attention, learning and memory and worse performance in school and at work.  Matt Bianchi, assistant professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Charles Czeisler, Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D. Professor of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, are quoted.

July 23, 2015

Understanding how drugs are developed matters crucially because the government and companies pour billions of dollars into the endeavor. Jon Clardy, Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Daniel A. Haber, Kurt J. Isselbacher/Peter D. Schwartz Professor of Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Thomas Bernhardt, associate professor of microbiology and immunobiology, are quoted.

July 23, 2015

As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines and the rationale for charging what they do. Jerry Avorn, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted.

July 22, 2015

Amid an opioid addiction crisis, which killed more than 1,000 people last year in Massachusetts, there's a big need for treatment. But some advocates for children say the state should also focus on prevention - and it needs to start early, as soon as middle school. John Kelly, Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 22, 2015

By bridging the gaps that divide cancer, immunology, and microbiology, researchers may yet find creative and affordable ways to address the growing problem of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Rakesh Jain, A. Werk Cook Professor of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 22, 2015

Scientists have found yet another reason not to overuse the drugs - they're turning bacteria into better infectious agents. David Skurnik, assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women¹s Hospital, is senior author of the paper.

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