Month: May 2017

Researchers Detect “Silent” Seizures in Alzheimer’s Patients

First let’s define a key word: Hippocampus: The brain structure responsible for memory development. The hippocampus is a key part of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and also a common source of seizures in people with epilepsy. New research from Massachusetts General Hospital suggests a potential new connection between the devastating memory loss associated ...

Celebrating the Important Role of Nurse Researchers at Mass General

Attendees of the 2017 Nursing Research Day celebration at Massachusetts General Hospital on May 9 certainly had a lot to be inspired by. The event began with a poster session featuring 45 posters submitted by nurse researchers at Mass General, and concluded with a series of engaging presentations highlighting the important role that nursing research ...

Research Awards and Honors: May 2017

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. In this series we highlight a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Marc Wein, MD, PhD,of the Endocrine Unit, has received a Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for ...

Diet Known to Reduce Risk for Hypertension May Also Prevent Gout

A recent study from Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet may reduce the risk of gout. What is gout? When excess uric acid in the bloodstream builds up too quickly or can’t be eliminated fast enough, it is deposited as needle-shaped crystals in the tissues of the ...

Distilling Your Message: A Workshop with Alan Alda

Earlier this month, the Mass General Research Institute organized a day-long workshop hosted by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Participating Mass General researchers learned how to succinctly and vividly speak about their work in terms lay persons can understand. Improvisation exercises also helped participants hone their ability to naturally connect with different audiences. ...

Researchers Recommend New Eye Exam Screening for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes: Five Things to Know

Treatment guidelines for patients with type 1 diabetes have long called for yearly eye exams. But is there an alternative to this one-size-fits-all approach that could reduce patient burden and costs while providing a quicker diagnosis? Findings from a recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, lend insight into a possible new eye ...

Women’s Health Week 2017

In honor of National Women’s Health Week this week, we put together a few highlights of the many Massachusetts General Hospital researchers who are investigating important topics pertaining to women’s health: Eve Valera, PhD, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, is working to learn more about the traumatic brain injuries suffered by ...

Probe of Alzheimer’s Follows Paths of Infection

Mass General researchers Rudy Tanzi and Robert Moir are investigating amyloid beta’s role in the body. Their findings could possibly open new fronts for treating or preventing Alzheimer’s disease by attacking infection before plaques begin to form. You can read more about their research here.

Research Staff Appreciation Day Celebrates Contributions to MGH Research

Every year, Massachusetts General Hospital celebrates Research Staff Appreciation Day to recognize and thank the research staff members who provide direct scientific support to faculty investigators across the Mass General research enterprise. Research staff members—a community of more than 3,700 people—include technicians, technologists and study coordinators. Despite the dreary weather, hundreds of attendees came out ...

A New Strategy for Assessing Sleep Apnea Risk in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Investigators at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children have developed a promising new method for assessing the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children with Down syndrome. The new method, which employs information that can be gathered during a visit to a primary care physician, could help to reduce the need for overnight sleep studies, ...