Research Study Seeks to Extend the Time Window for Stroke Intervention

According to Dr. R. Gilberto Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Director of the Neuroradiology division at Massachusetts General Hospital, it’s shaping up to be a big year for research on stroke treatment.

Our researchers are currently working on a
study to identify patients that will benefit from an interventional procedure to remove the clot that causes the patient’s stroke, even after the traditional time window for intervention.

They are focusing on a new type of device called stentrievers that is better at opening arteries for patients with an acute ischemic stroke. They are also using advanced CT and MRI modalities to identify patients who might benefit from specific approaches to

“Given the research at our institution and others, I’m very optimistic about a larger
time frame for treating stroke, which will have a big impact on care,” he said.
“Nevertheless,” he added, “If someone is having a stroke, they should call
9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately.”

Bacterial Communities of the Female Genital Tract May Have an Impact on Inflammation, HIV Risk

A team of researchers from Mass General and the Ragon Institute of Mass General, MIT and Harvard has found that certain bacteria populations found in healthy South Africa women are significantly different from those of healthy women in more developed countries.

Moreover, they found that these bacteria are associated with increased inflammation in the genital tract, which in turn could be causing a higher risk of ‪#‎HIV‬infection. More research is needed to see if treatments targeting this bacteria can reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Dr. Douglas Kwon of the Ragon Institute and the Mass General Division of Infectious Disease is senior author of the report.