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Snapshot of Science: Genetic Insights into Our Food Choices, New Diagnostic Device for Lymphoma and More

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Effect of folic acid on child brain development Have you ever noticed that everything from cereal to pasta to pancake mix has folic acid listed as an ingredient?  This is due to a government-mandated folic acid fortification […]

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Mapping the Connections Between Allergies and the Microbiome

Why do some children develop severe allergies or autoimmune disorders when their parents have no history of either condition? Rather than looking to genetics for clues, the answer may lie in the communication that occurs between the T cells of the immune system and the bacteria in the gut, particularly at a very young age. […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: An On-the-Go Test For Food Allergies

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. November 2017: Pocket-Sized Device Provides Food Allergy Sufferers with Life-Saving Tableside Lab Results If you’re among the 50 million Americans with a […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Autism and the Blood-Brain Barrier

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. February 2017: Five Things to Know: The Blood-Brain Barrier, Intestinal Permeability and Autism Researchers from the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts […]

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Pocket-Sized Device Provides Food Allergy Sufferers with Life-Saving Tableside Lab Results

If you’re among the 50 million Americans with a severe allergy to foods like gluten or nuts, every meal at a restaurant can feel like a potential land mine. Even if the restaurant has made an effort to provide dishes that are allergen-free, worries of cross-contamination and a subsequent severe or potentially life threatening reaction […]

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‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ Gets a Gut Check

A multi-institutional team that includes researchers from Mass General is investigating the so-called “hygiene hypothesis,” which suggests that early exposure to bacteria and other microbes early in life may help train the immune system to function properly and reduce the likelihood of developing autoimmune diseases and allergies, which have become more prevalent in modernized countries. A recent study of the […]

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Guess what? You’re Only 10% Human

From the University of California research blog: Is space really the final frontier or are the greatest mysteries closer to home? Researchers estimate that there are more undiscovered microbes on Earth than stars in the sky. The microbiome is fast becoming an exciting new frontier in human health. That’s because our bodies are made up of […]

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New Polymer Gel Could Improve the Safety of Slow-Release Medications

A research team from Mass General and MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research are working on a new type of polymer gel that could allow swallowed medical devices or capsules to safely act inside the body over the course of days, weeks or even months. Improving the safety of slow-release medications could open the door for devices that […]

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Study Suggests that Meditation and Yoga May Help Symptoms of IBS and IBD

A new pilot study that includes researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, suggests that teaching relaxation techniques to patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may help to alleviate their symptoms and better equip them to deal with the discomfort that results from both disorders. In a study of 48 individuals with IBS or IBD, entering […]

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