Month: March 2016

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Human Cardiac Cells Grown on Heart ‘Scaffold’

Heart cells have been successfully grown in a human heart stripped of all cellular components by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital. The scientists behind the work hope to create cardiac muscle to repair damaged tissue.   READ MORE

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Meet Victoria, the Robot Who Gives Birth

Nursing students at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions use a realistic birth simulator named Victoria to practice guiding mother and child through the birth process. Just like human mothers, Victoria’s deliveries don’t always go as planned, helping to prepare nurses for complications they may encounter during a live birth. Simulators play a key role in providing Mass ...

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NIH’s Commitment to Basic Science

Great to see this article from the National Institutes of Health’s Mike Lauer confirming the Institution’s support for basic research! “NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. This fundamental knowledge is obtained through research ...

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Is Functional MRI The New X-Ray Vision?

Nearly a century after the introduction of X-ray, the debut of the imaging technique functional magnetic resonance imaging reopened some of the same questions about the nature of seeing and knowing—casting an even keener eye, perhaps, on the matter of what makes us who we are. If X-ray made the invisible visible by revealing our inner anatomies—the structural ...

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Researchers Developing a Pill that Lasts and Lasts

Mass General researchers are working on a flexible polymer pill that could provide a month’s worth of medication at a time before passing harmlessly through the body. The pill could help to increase patient adherence to prescribed medicines. Failure to take medicines as prescribed is estimated to cost more than $100 billion in avoidable hospitalizations ...

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Research Roundup

In this month’s edition, we have news about a potential new treatment for ‪#‎depression‬, new insights into ‪#‎tumor‬ growth, a smartphone app that can track your mental health, and lots more. Read the full Research Roundup here

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Bariatric Surgery May Reduce Life-Threatening Heart Failure Exacerbation in Obese Patients

“We found that bariatric surgery – the most effective way to achieve substantial and sustained weight loss – was associated with a 40 percent reduction in emergency department visits and hospitalizations for heart failure exacerbation,” says Yuichi Shimada, MD, MPH, of the Mass General Cardiology Division, the lead and corresponding author of the report. “These findings are important because, while ...