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MGRI Blog: Best Social Networking 2018

We are pleased to announce that your humble Mass General Research Institute blog has been named a gold medal winner for Best Social Networking at this year’s 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards! We are incredibly grateful to all of the forward-thinking scientists in the Mass General research community who have taken the time to share their stories […]

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Weekend Links: the Science of Good Chocolate, Wasps Can Turn Roaches Into Zombies and More

Roaches Kick Wasps in the Head to Avoid Becoming Zombies Mindy Weisberger writing for Live Science A wasp that preys on cockroaches turns them into mind-controlled zombies by stinging them in the brain, and roaches were thought to be all but defenseless against this zombifying attack. But it turns out that cockroaches have a defensive […]

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Abstinence Makes the Memory Grow Stronger: New Research Shows Memory Function in Adolescents Improves After 30 Days of Cannabis Abstinence

With the first recreational cannabis shops set to opening Massachusetts within the next few weeks, many are worried about the long-term effects of regular marijuana use. Parents of teens and adolescents may have cause for extra concern, as previous research studies have shown that regular cannabis use can impair brain functions important for memory and […]

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What It’s Like to Do an Internship at the Mass General Research Institute and Why It’s Amazing

Alienor Rice, Science Communications Intern I’m an 11th-grader at the International School of Boston and for the past 5 days, I have been working as a communications intern in the Office of the Scientific Director at the Mass General Research Institute. Here’s an overview of what I worked on and what I learned! Day 1 […]

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5 Health Benefits of Meditation Backed by Scientists at Mass General

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to achieve a state of calmness and clarity. While it was commonly associated with certain religious practices, it has made its way into everyday Western culture, with increasing amounts of research showing it has several positive health benefits. Herbert Benson, MD, is an internationally […]

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Become a Science Expert! 5 Student-Approved Websites to Check Out With Your Kids

Are you looking for some fun and interactive websites to engage students in science? Look no further! Our science communications intern Aliénor Rice– a high school student at the International School of Boston, recently checked out this list of the best science websites for students, and picked out some of her favorites. Check out her […]

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Weekend Links: How Much Candy is Sold for Halloween, Why Believing in Ghosts Can Make You a Better Person and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute. All the Candy That’s Sold During Halloween Week, in One Massive Pumpkin Julia Belluz and Javier Zarracina writing for Vox We can all agree that Halloween and other seasonal candy […]

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Research Shows Ketamine Could Be an Answer for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Generally speaking, most people today either know someone dealing with depression, or have struggled with depression themselves.  While many individuals can be successfully treated by a combination of medication or talk therapy, there are some who continue to experience symptoms after trying several treatments. Recent research has highlighted ketamine as a potential treatment for treatment-resistant […]

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How We Talk to Children About Obesity Can Make a Big Difference

Obesity has become one of the most talked-about health issues but, ironically, we still haven’t mastered how to talk about it yet. With all the stigma surrounding the words like fat and obese, discussing weight issues can be tough for both people experiencing it, and physicians trying to address it. Medical experts say stigma can […]

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Weekend Links: Beer Prices Could Change with the Climate, Cartoons for Cancer and More

Beer Prices Could Double Because Of Climate Change, Study Says Bill Chappell writing for NPR The price of beer could rise sharply this century, and it has nothing to do with trends in craft brewing. Instead, a new study says beer prices could double, on average, because of the price of malted barley, a key […]

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