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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"


The Humanities and Health

Lauren E. Claus examines the medical humanities.


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.

Student Life

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.

Lattes and Laptops

UC Emergency Laptop Program To the Rescue

No more all-nighters in the windowless concrete of the Science Center's computer lab just because your computer died.


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.


Researchers Examine Effect of Timing on Mutations

Timing may play a more important role in the survival of evolutionarily beneficial mutations in bacteria than previously thought, a discovery which might have implications on cancer research, according to a study by Harvard researchers released last month.


Exposure to Stimuli May Slow Alzheimer's Disease

Prolonged exposure to a stimulating environment may help in delaying one of the factors associated with the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Student Groups

Harvard Initiatives Seek to Draw Premed Students to Primary Care

As the numbers of practicing primary care physicians dwindle across the nation, new initiatives at Harvard to draw attention to the field of primary care are gaining momentum.

Soda and Sugar

School of Public Health Researchers Petition for FDA Action on Soda

Several researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have penned their names to a petition that calls for the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and act upon the health effects of climbing sugar levels in soda and sweetened beverages.