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Lauren E. Claus

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Recognizing Imperfections

Perhaps if patients and families more fully recognize how and why health care practitioners make mistakes, then they can become more active agents in preventing the consequences.

Finding a Balance

Neither medicine nor literature need become neglected if one engages in both English and premedical courses—students who pursue this academic path actually have much to gain.​

Storytelling as Therapy: Alexievich's 'Zinky Boys'

Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature Svetlana Alexievich captures the essence of the medical humanities in works such as her nonfiction book "Zinky Boys"

Premeds in Search of MCAT Prep Say Harvard Classes Provide Insufficient Instruction

With the Association of American Medical Colleges slated to introduce a new MCAT in 2015, Harvard students say that the premed track at Harvard does not adequately prepare them for the exam. And, they say, they often face prohibitively expensive costs when they turn to classes run by test preparatory companies for instruction.

Hormone May Help Fight Diabetes, Research Suggests

Researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have discovered a hormone which may lead to new treatments for patients afflicted with diabetes.

Harvard Polls Draw Surprisingly High Turnout for Primary

Despite low voter turnout across the state, participation at the polls in Quincy House was higher than expected Tuesday, as undergraduates and other members of the community cast their ballots in the first step towards filling the congressional seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Researchers Praise Response to Marathon Bombing

Researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School praised the efficacy of the response by medical and law enforcement officials to the Boston Marathon bombings in a paper published last week by the school’s Program on Crisis Leadership.

Former CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien Named Visiting Fellow at Ed School

In honor of her efforts to expand educational opportunities, the Harvard Graduate School of Education announced yesterday that journalist and television anchor Soledad O’Brien ’88-’00 will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the school for the 2013-2014 academic year.