Mass General Participates in Week-Long Celebration of Science and Discovery

Each year the Cambridge Science Festival hosts a 10-day celebration of science, technology and art in the Greater Boston area with the goal of making science accessible, interactive and fun. This year, the Mass General Research Institute participated in two of the festival’s 200+ events. Science Carnival and Robot Zoo On Saturday, April 14th, Mass General researcher Nitya ...

Genetic Insights, New Research Models Help to Drive New Rare Disease Research

While it may not have been called rare disease research by name, Massachusetts General Hospital has been identifying and tracking rare diseases for more than a century, says Florian Eichler, MD, Director of the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases in the Department of Neurology. In recent years, advances made by the Human Genome Project and ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: You Share Everything with Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves – New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as ...

New Research Explores Link Between Mind-Body Techniques and Blood Pressure

What if managing your high blood pressure was as easy as chanting “ommm”? A new study published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has found a possible explanation for why performing activities ...

New Study from Mass General Seeks to Improve Shared Decision Making Among Minority Patients

April is National Minority Health Month, a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to find ways to ensure that all patients have equal access to healthcare regardless of their race or ethnic background. To help raise awareness of health care disparities that continue to affect racial ...

Mass General Hospital for Children Celebrates 10th Annual Research Day

This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease. This year, Randy L. Buckner, PhD, gave the MGH Faculty Keynote Address, titled “The Ancestral Brain Developing in the Modern World: ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: When science meets mindfulness – Mass General researchers study how mindfulness-based approaches can help treat depressed patients. Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer’s – An international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way ...

Survey Shows America’s Optimistic Yet Skeptical Attitudes Towards Science

Every day at the Mass General Research Institute, we see what a profound impact science can have on our lives. Whether it’s finding new insights in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, or exploring innovative solutions to the challenges of space travel, we witness firsthand how scientists are working to improve society and everyday life. But ...

Research Team Develops Diagnostic Tool for Sepsis

Jouha Min, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her poster, Point-of-Care Sepsis Diagnostics, was among the winners at this year’s Mass General Scientific Advisory Committee poster session. Min, along with her Mass General colleagues Ben Coble, Jongmin Park, Hyungsoon Im, Cesar M. Castro, Filip K. Swirski, Hakho ...

Breast Cancer Screening Research Highlights How Flawed Science Contributes to Health Disparities

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital published in JAMA Surgery highlights the pitfalls of basing clinical recommendations on data that is too heavily skewed towards one race or ethnic group. The current guidelines for breast cancer screening issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force recommend beginning mammograms at age 50 for women at ...