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 Diseases.

Surgery also increased quality-adjusted life years (QALY) in those with moderate and severe obesity with all fibrosis stages, those with mild obesity and F2-F3 fibrosis, and in overweight patients with F3 fibrosis, said Dr Corey of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.


New Research Institute Advances MGH Difference – Massachusetts General Hospital Giving

“Massachusetts General Hospital stands apart from its peers thanks to the access its doctors have to the cutting-edge discoveries pursued by its scientists. Mass General’s new Research Institute is designed to capitalize on that unique doctor-scientist partnership in ways that advance the practice of medicine.

‘At Mass General, the treatment you get tomorrow will be better than the treatment you get today because of our remarkable research enterprise,’ says Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the Research Institute, which will guide, support and promote all Mass General research.”


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 suppress tumor progression and metastatic outgrowth by 1,000 percent. Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine is the corresponding author of the study.


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. More than a third of patients who communicated with their providers by email said the activity reduced their phone contacts or in-person office visits, while a similar number said that keeping in email contact with providers helped to improve their health.