Month: January 2018

Research Your Resolution: Use Evidence Based Resources to Quit Smoking in 2018

Nancy Rigotti, MD, is the Director of the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center (TRTC) at Massachusetts General Hospital.  The Center provides services to help inpatients, outpatients, employees, and community members quit smoking. The Center also conducts research to identify effective smoking cessation treatments for smokers who are seen in a variety of health care settings.  ...

Research Your Resolution: Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety with Meditation

Sara Lazar, PhD, is an investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital who is using brain imaging technology to measure the effects of meditation on brain structure. To learn more about her work, please visit her laboratory website. If you want to reduce your level of stress and anxiety in 2018, our ...

Weekend Links – Science Communication Edition

We’ve hand-picked a variety of science communication-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Cultivating a new STEM audience: An exercise in communicating science Frontiers for Young Minds: Science Edited For Kids, By Kids A journal article in graphic novel form Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations Check out our science communication ...

Research Your Resolution: Maintain an Exercise Routine for Health Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, is an Obesity Medicine Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, an Associate at the Mass General Disparities Solution Center, and Associated Faculty at the Mass General Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Her research and clinical practice take a holistic approach to both treat and advocate for ...

Opioid-related hospitalization

Research from Mass General Clinicians Highlights the Growing Opioid Problem and Its Impact on Health Outcomes

The opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States, with drug overdose deaths and opioid-related health complications on the rise. According to the CDC, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, and 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. 91 Americans die every day from an ...

Research Your Resolution: Focus on Your Mental Health, Especially As You Age

Jennifer Gatchel MD, PhD, is a geriatric psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and an investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General. She works with adults ages 60 and over to help them cope with life’s transitions. Read more about her research. Although dementia is on the rise, it is not ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Trump’s doctor says he has ‘incredible genes.’ Will they keep protecting his health? – quotes and features research by MGH physician Sekar Kathiresan and investigator Chris Newton-Cheh Increased Risk of Diabetes-Related ED Visits With Unstable Housing – Unstable ...

Research Your Resolution: Consider Heart Health Before Going Gluten-Free

Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, Stuart and Suzanne Steele MGH Research Scholar and Chief of the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently released the results of a study investigating the widespread perception that a gluten-free diet (for reasons other than gluten allergy) can be beneficial to your heart health. There is intense interest in ...

Early Treatment for ADHD May Lessen Risk of Substance Abuse Disorders

Mass General researcher Timothy Wilens, PhD has found that the earlier children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) receive treatment with stimulants, the less likely they are to use marijuana or develop a substance use disorder (SUD). Dr. Wilens is chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of the Center for ...

Research Your Resolution: Take a Slow and Steady Approach to Losing Weight

Emily Feig, PhD, is a clinical research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Feig recently published the results of a study she conducted as a doctoral student at Drexel University showing that individuals who maintained a steady rate of losing weight during the first few months of a behavioral weight ...