Month: May 2016


Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say

(Article highlighting new research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University and the University of Melbourne) A protein called Aβ is thought to cause neuronal death in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Aβ forms insoluble aggregates in the brains of patients with AD, which are a hallmark of the disease. Aβ and its propensity for aggregation are widely viewed ...


New Material Temporarily Tightens Skin

Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis. The material, a silicone-based polymer that could be applied ...


Intravenous Ketamine May Rapidly Reduce Suicidal Thinking in Depressed Patients

A Massachusetts General Hospital research team recently found that intravenous treatment with low doses of the anesthetic drug ketamine quickly reduced suicidal thoughts in a small group of patients with treatment-resistant depression. The study found that the ketamine injections, when combined with the patient’s current antidepressant medication, quickly decreased suicidal thinking in patients who had experienced suicidal thoughts for ...


First Genitourinary Vascularized Composite Allograft (Penile) Transplant in the Nation Performed at Massachusetts General Hospital

The landmark procedure represents the culmination of more than 3½ years of research and collaboration across multiple departments and divisions within Massachusetts General Hospital – including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Urology, Psychiatry, Infectious Disease, Nursing and Social Work – all of which are part of the Mass General Transplant Center. STATEMENT FROM THE PATIENT “In 2012, my life changed forever ...


Research Roundup

The Research Roundup is a monthly series highlighting research studies, news and events from the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute. Mapping the wandering mind Do you ever find your mind wandering? You are not alone. Studies show that we spend 30 to 50 percent of our waking hours unfocused on the task at hand. But why? Researchers at the ...


Investigating the Mechanisms Behind the Healing Power of Therapeutic Touch

Patients have reported that the practice of therapeutic touch helps with their pain, stress, anxiety and sleeping trouble during hospital stays. Massachusetts General Hospital nurse researcher Amanda Coakley, RN, PhD, is now investigating how the practice functions on a biological level. READ MORE HERE