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January 22, 2013

Celgene’s drug Abraxane prolonged the lives of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer by almost two months in a clinical trial, researchers reported, signifying an advance in treating a notoriously difficult disease but not as big a leap as some doctors and investors had hoped. Robert Mayer, the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is quoted.

January 22, 2013

Further coverage of George M. Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, quelling the story reported over the past few days about cloning Neanderthals.

January 21, 2013

Despite expert recommendations meant to encourage talks, many still do not spend their final days the way they would have chosen. Lachlan Forrow, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is chair of the panel. Angelo Volandes, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, led a study about end-of-life preferences.

January 20, 2013

A compassionate attitude – gentle words, a listening ear and encouragement – is an agent for physical healing, even if the concern is faked, according to a recent Harvard study. Ted Kaptchuk, HMS associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, led the research.

January 17, 2013

Network science, an emergent discipline drawing from sociology, medicine, and statistics, reveals just how innovation--much like the dreaded flu bug sweeping the nation--is contagious. Nicholas Christakis, HMS professor of healthcare policy (medical sociology) in the Department of Health Care Policy and professor of sociology at FAS, focuses on research in the field.

January 17, 2013

A team of Cambridge scientists reported that they used Internet searches and genealogy websites to discern the names of nearly 50 people who had anonymously provided genetic samples listed in a publicly-accessible research database, demonstrating that like credit card and bank account numbers, genetic information is vulnerable to hacking. George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, is quoted.

January 16, 2013

There is now a flurry of new trials at cutting-edge medical centers in Boston and elsewhere, and yesterday, a rigorous randomized trial found that most patients with serious, recurrent infections caused by the bacteria C. difficile got better when donor feces were infused into their intestines. George Russell, HMS instructor in pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, is quoted.

January 16, 2013

Leana Wen, HMS clinical fellow in medicine and Joshua Kosowsky, HMS assistant professor of medicine, both emergency physicians at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-authored the new book, “When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.”

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