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Research Suggests Thirdhand Smoke May Be the New Thing For Parents to Watch Out For

Many people have heard about secondhand smoke or have experienced it being near a smoking bystander. But what about thirdhand smoke? Thirdhand smoke is the tobacco smoke residue remaining after a cigarette has been smoked. It can be residual smoke left in the air, but can also accumulate on surfaces, furniture, clothing and in dust. […]

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Weekend Links: Why Octopuses Are So Smart, 3-D Brain Art and More

Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? Carl Zimmer writing for The New York Times To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside. Later the animal stacks the shells together like […]

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Mass General Researchers Detail How Artificial Intelligence Could Make Surgery Safer

In an recent article in Annals of Surgery, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT details the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionize the practice and teaching of surgery—and how patients will benefit with safer surgeries and better outcomes.

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Mass General Researchers Identify Pattern of Brain Inflammation in Fibromyalgia Patients

A team of researchers at Mass General, in collaboration with a team form the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, recently identified a pattern of brain inflammation in the brains of fibromyalgia patients that could be the key to diagnosing this elusive disorder.

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Weekend Links: the Unicorns That Used to Live Alongside Humans, Why Stepping on Legos is So Painful and More

When You’re Grateful, Your Brain Becomes More Charitable Christina Karns writing for The Conversation Psychology researchers recognize that taking time to be thankful has benefits for well-being. Not only does gratitude go along with more optimism, less anxiety and depression, and greater goal attainment, but it’s also associated with fewer symptoms of illness and other physical benefits. Thanks […]

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World AIDS Day 2018

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are sharing some recent work from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, which was established in 2009 with a dual mission to contribute to the accelerated discovery of an HIV/AIDS vaccine and to serve as a world leader in the collaborative study of immunology.

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Celebrating Women in Science

The Mass General Research Institute is made up of numerous centers, labs and researchers within the Massachusetts General Hospital. We are incredibly grateful to be a part of such a large community of innovative scientists. One of our centers, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, recently highlighted several of their researchers to support women in […]

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The Research Institute is Having an Image Contest

Here at Mass General, we are very lucky to have a number of researchers at the cutting edge of science. Every day we read interesting stories about ground-breaking research happening all around us. But this time around, we wanted to get a different view of the science. Instead of asking researchers to submit their papers, […]

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Weekend Links: A Dinosaur More Closely Related to Humans, Cannibalistic Galaxies and More

Your ‘Fat-Toothed’ Relative May Not Make It for Thanksgiving. He Vanished from Earth 300 Million Years Ago. Laura Geggel writing for Live Science Although it may look like a dinosaur, a newly identified sail-backed reptile that lived 300 million years ago is actually more closely related to humans, a new study finds. Galaxies Are Eating […]

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Study Clarifies the Role of Stress in Differences in Life Expectancy for Residents of Three Boston Neighborhoods

In a city where most residents are within a short distance of world class academic medical centers, and in a state that makes health insurance available to all, why is there such a such a disparity in life expectancy among the residents of three Boston neighborhoods?

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