Month: January 2016

Addiction Treatment: How to Help Those You Love

“The nation faces an epidemic of drug and alcohol misuse. Every day, we hear news about related overdoses and accidental deaths as well as renewed city, state and federal attempts to stem the tide. So what should a friend or family member do if they think a loved one is in need of addiction treatment?” LEARN MORE

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PET Theories: New Imaging Tools Offer Better Diagnosis, Treatment of Neurodegeneration

PET scanning is giving Mass General Hospital researchers a whole new view of neurodegenerative diseases, which will hopefully make it easier to diagnose and treat patients for a variety of conditions, including ALS and Parkinson’s disease. LEARN MORE

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Study Suggests Positive Gains From Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Patients with all classes of obesity, including, mild, moderate, and severe, with all stages of fibrosis, experienced gains in life years following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, compared with standard management and intensive lifestyle changes, based on the model, Dr. Kathleen Corey reported at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver […]

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SharingClinic, To Help Patients Tell Their Stories, Opens At Mass. General Hospital

“As a patient and a doctor, Brewster yearned for a therapeutic arena in which patients could tell their full health stories and feel they were actually heard, not rushed out the door; and where doctors, as well, could share a little more with patients.” LEARN MORE

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Mass General Research Institute

Did you know that Massachusetts General Hospital is home one of the largest medical research programs in the country? The Mass General Research Institute is a community of over 6,000 people working across more than 30 institutes, departments and centers. Our researchers work side-by-side with physicians—in the lab, in the clinic, and at the bedside—to […]

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Partners Biobank Plays Key Role in Research

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, medical director for the Cardiology Division, and his team of investigators – led by cardiologist Pradeep Natarajan, MD, and research coordinator Erina Kii in the Center for Human Genetic Research – are looking for a needle in a haystack. LEARN MORE

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New Drug Delivery System Could Reduce the Dose Needed to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

A Massachusetts General Hospital research study suggests that a nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors, while decreasing treatment toxicity. The new system, which combines a light-activated nanoparticle with a molecular therapy drug, reduced the dosage required to […]

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Email Communication Between Doctors and Patients Helps to Reduce Costly Office Visits

Patients who are financially responsible for high out-of-pocket costs are significantly more likely to choose email and other online patient engagement methods over an expensive office visit to contact providers about their health concerns, according to a recent research study by a team that included Vicki Fung, PhD, from Mass General’s Mongan Institute for Health Policy. […]

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Researchers Find a Way to Light Up Cancer Cells

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a probe that can find, stick to and then light up residual cancer cells, making them easier for surgeons to see. READ MORE

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Early Weight Loss in Parkinson Disease Patients May Signify More Serious Form of the Disease

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease and more rapid disease progression. While weight loss is common in Parkinson’s patients, results of the study – which is being released online prior to publication in the March issue of JAMA […]

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