Month: July 2015

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Mass General Research Study Suggests Active Physician Interventions Can Improve Quit Rates for Long Term Smokers

(Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) A new Mass General research study suggests that physicians who take a more active role in connecting high-risk, longtime smokers with resources to help them quit can significantly improve their patients’ success at becoming smoke-free. The study found that patients who receive annual lung cancer screenings due to high-risk smoking (averaging ...

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Mass General’s History of Research Innovation

Did you know that biomedical research has been part of Massachusetts General Hospital since its founding over 200 years ago, and has led to such innovations as: The use of general anesthesia in ether The modern PET scan A bionic pancreas A chip that detects circulating tumor cells in the blood And a vaccine for ...

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Mass General Researchers Find Evidence of Neuroinflammation in Cases of Chronic Pain

A Mass General research study published earlier this year found—for the first time—evidence of neuroinflammation in the brain in patients with chronic pain. The study showed that levels of an inflammation- linked protein were elevated in regions of the brain known to be involved in the transmission of pain. The discovery could make it possible to explore new treatments ...

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Does Gender Play a Role in Fear and Anxiety?

Did you know that the levels of estrogen or testosterone that you have in your body may play a role in how much you experience anxiety? Dr. Mohammed Milad, director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Mass General, has been studying how hormone levels in men and women can affect their feelings of anxiety–and the ...

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Mass General Researchers to Join a Nationwide Network Investigating Treatments for Food Allergies

(Text from the Boston Business Journal – Full Article Here) A Virginia-based nonprofit focused on food allergy research is bringing Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital together with a number of medical centers throughout the country to progress development of food allergy treatments. The main hope behind the network, put together by the Food ...

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Mass General Researchers Use Imaging Tools to Gain Insights into the Physiology of the Trance State

Shamanic rituals that involve entering a trance state have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. But we still know very little about the scientific basis of trances. A team of investigators that included researchers from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General recently conducted MRI scans of 15 shamanic ...

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Researchers at Mass General Hope Deep Brain Stimulation Device can Help Veterans with PTSD

Mass General researchers are working on a deep brain stimulation device that may be able to help veterans returning from the battlefield with depression and post traumatic stress disorder (‪#‎PTSD‬) by stimulating key areas of the brain that may no longer be functioning correctly.   Neurosurgeon Dr. Emad Eskandar is working with a team of ...

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Ever Wonder Why Doctors Wear White Coats?

Hint: it has something to do with science, individual character and perceptions of  authority. Find out more about the symbolism behind the white coat—and how this coat could be evolving in the near future—in this essay by researcher Nancy Etcoff, PhD, director of the Program of Aesthetics and Well-Being in the Mass General Department of Psychiatry. ...

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Work in Research at Mass General

Did you know that Mass General is home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States? Each week, the Mass General Research Institute generates a PDF file with active links to the latest job openings in research. This week’s list has more than 160 positions, from full to part time, from clinical research coordinators to research administrators. ...

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Mass General Research Study Suggests that Cases of Hepatitis C May be Higher Than Reported

A new research study conducted by investigators from Mass General and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health suggests that the number of hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in the United States may actually be higher than reported, in the context of an enlarging opioid use epidemic. This gap in reporting may be due to fragmented ...