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Recent Coverage of HMS in the News
July 23, 2012

Vanessa Kerry, HMS instructor in medicine and director of the Global Public Policy and Social Change Program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at HMS, talked to GlobalPost about the partnership she spearheaded between her non-profit and the Peace Corps.

July 23, 2012

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) andseveral collaborating institutions have linked mutations in specific genes to each of the four recognized subtypes of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor of children. Scott Pomeroy, Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology and chair of the Department of Neurology at Boston Children's Hospital, was the leader of the study.

July 23, 2012

Living in an orphanage can literally change the structure of a child’s brain, according to a new study that has implications for international adoptions as well as conditions like ADHD, traumatic brain injury and autism. Charles Nelson, HMS professor of pediatrics and Margaret A. Sheridan, HMS instructor in pediatrics, both of Boston Children’s Hospital, led the study.

July 23, 2012

It’s been two months since a government task force recommended against doctors routinely ordering prostate cancer screening tests. But many physicians disagree with the new guidelines, leaving men in a quandary: Should they continue to be screened with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam beginning at age 50, or should they skip the screening altogether? Leigh Simmons,
HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is quoted.

July 22, 2012

Should all U.S. children get tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids. Matthew Gillman, HMS professor of population medicine and Sarah De Ferranti, HMS assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, are quoted.

July 20, 2012

Ronald Schouten, HMS associate professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, talked with The LA Times about the issues the victims of Friday’s shooting in Colorado will face on their road to mental and physical recovery.

July 20, 2012

U.S. doctors tend to share patients with colleagues who have similar personal and practice styles, according to a new study. Bruce Landon, HMS professor of health care policy, is the lead author of the study.

July 19, 2012

As scientists successfully decode and isolate human DNA in the race for new drugs, the ability to protect and profit from what they find has yet to be mapped. A federal appeals court is poised to tie that loose end when it hears arguments on whether it should be legal to obtain U.S. patents on genetic material and on methods of using that DNA for medical diagnoses and treatments. Madeleine Ball, HMS research fellow in genetics, is quoted.

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