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Harvard study placed elderly subjects at risk

By Kay Lazar
Globe Staff / July 20, 2012
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More than 1,300 nursing home residents who participated in a Harvard-affiliated study on preventing hip fractures, including 268 in Massachusetts, will soon be receiving letters detailing serious risks that federal regulators say they were exposed to by the researchers. That action, ordered by the federal Office for Human Research Protections, concludes a yearlong investigation into researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Washington University School of Medicine who conducted the study.

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