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November 7, 2012

Twenty-three teams of scientists from around the world have combed through the DNA blueprints of an 11-year-old boy and his parents to try to learn why he tired so easily, needing a scooter to walk longer than a few blocks and requiring a ventilator to help him breathe at night. The winner of a $15,000 prize was the Division of Clinical Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Alan Beggs, Sir Edwin and Lady Manton Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, was a coorganizer of the contest.

November 6, 2012

John Lauerman writes about the experience of having his genome sequenced and the results he received. Joseph Thakuria, HMS instructor in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital; Robert Handin, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and David Kuter, HMS professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, are quoted. The work of George Church, the Robert Winthrop
Professor of Genetics, is also cited. John Lauerman was an HMS 2012 Media Fellow.

November 6, 2012

Attention is increasingly being drawn to incentives that are altering medical decisions, driving up costs and channeling men into prostate treatment that delivers negligible benefits when compared to less-expensive care, according to three studies in the past two years and seven doctors who’ve studied prostate treatment. Anthony Zietman, the Jenot W. and William U. Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology, is quoted.

November 6, 2012

A new study says 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, leisure time exercise is associated with roughly 3.4 years added to a person's life. I-Min Lee, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is the senior author of the study.

November 5, 2012

For people who have had a negative colonoscopy, less-invasive screening options may work just fine for follow-up cancer tests, according to a U.S. study. Amy Knudsen, HMS instructor in radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the lead researcher.

November 5, 2012

Anaesthetists have been putting people to sleep for years, but how the drugs they use send you into a slumber is still largely a mystery. New research suggests it involves the obliteration of long distance communication in the brain. Patrick Purdon, HMS instructor in anaesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, was one of the researchers.

November 5, 2012

In 1938, a group of researchers began an intensive study of 268 students at Harvard. The plan was to track them through their entire lives, measuring, testing and interviewing them every few years to see how lives develop. George Vaillant, HMS professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the study’s director.

November 5, 2012

Harvard affiliates have been powerful voices in this year’s debate over physician-assisted suicide—an unsurprising reality, given the effect the initiative could have on those at the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the 17 affiliated hospitals and research institutes, and even professors in the Law School or government department. David Jones, the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at HMS; Lachlan Forrow, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Robert Truog, HMS professor of anaesthesia (pediatrics) at Boston Children’s Hospital; Marcia Angell, HMS senior lecturer on social medicine; and Lisa Lehmann, HMS associate professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, are quoted.

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