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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
October 6, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will not approve a drug if there is more than a 2.5 percent chance that it doesn’t work—no matter the disease or how poor the prognosis. And in a recently published paper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology finance professor Andrew Lo took the FDA to task for not being more flexible. Jagpreet Chhatwal (Mass General) is quoted.​

October 5, 2015

A new study of people who had an inexpensive heart scan found that half of those who were statin candidates had no signs of plaque in their heart and very little chance of having a heart attack in the next decade. Peter Libby (Brigham and Women’s) is quoted.​

October 5, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to encourage testing of medicines that have been around longer than the modern FDA itself, and so have never gotten formal approval.  Companies that do the tests are rewarded with licenses that can temporarily give them monopoly pricing power as most rivals are eased or kicked off the market. The result has been a surge in the cost of drugs. Aaron Kesselheim (Brigham and Women’s) is quoted.​

October 5, 2015

Research from Harvard Medical School has calculated how many minutes patients spend seeking medical care—and the dollar value of their lost time. Ateev Mehrotra (HMS) is senior author of the study.​​

October 5, 2015

Mass killings like the one Thursday at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, scraped nerves raw, commanded headlines and prompted an anguished President Barack Obama to take to the airwaves—again—to condemn gun violence. Helen Farrell (Beth Israel Deaconess) is quoted.​​

October 4, 2015

Genetic tests to identify the most effective psychiatric drugs are the hot new technology in the race to create personalized treatments based on people’s DNA. Bruce Cohen (McLean Hospital) is quoted.​

October 3, 2015

Australian scientist David Sinclair (HMS) is at the forefront of a global quest to develop an anti-aging pill–a drug worth untold billions. 

October 2, 2015

Herbert Benson (Mass General) will speak to attendees about the impact of stress on health and well-being at this HUBweek event.​



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