Category: five things to know

Research Finds Daily Exercise Can Make for Healthier, Younger Hearts

We know that exercise is good for heart health. But how? Now new research from a team based at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB), Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) has released preliminary findings showing that exercise can increase the generation of ...

Study Looks at Risk Factors for Overdose in Adolescents

A team of investigators from the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry last month. Here are five things to know: Substance use patterns are ...

12 Days of Research at Mass General: A Strategy for Sneaking Drugs Into Tumor Cells

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. July 2017: Could a Technique Echoing an Ancient Greek Military Strategy Point the Way to More Effective Cancer Treatments? According to Greek ...

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 ...

Study Identifies New Targets for Huntington’s Disease Research

Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, PhD, is the director of the NeuroEpigenetics Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND).  Her work investigating the genetics of Huntington’s disease was recently featured in an article on the Mass General Giving website. Here are five things to know: Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes ...

Wireless Sleep Monitoring System Could Make Sleep Studies Much Easier

If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, or hitting snooze a few too many times each morning, you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and these sleep issues can get worse in individuals with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from MIT and Mass General recently unveiled a wireless, ...

Sniffing Out the Root Cause of Malnutrition in Patients with Kidney Disease

Have you noticed that your sense of taste can get thrown off when you’re sick with a stuffy nose? That’s because the majority of a food’s flavor comes from our ability to smell it. Could a similar connection between smell and taste explain why kidney disease patients often lose their interest in food, reporting that ...

Could a Technique Echoing an Ancient Greek Military Strategy Point the Way to More Effective Cancer Treatments?

According to Greek legend, the Trojan horse was a wooden structure built by Greek soldiers and presented to the Trojans as a gift after a long and fruitless siege of the city during the Trojan War. When the Trojans brought the gift horse within their city walls, the Greek soldiers who were hidden inside crept ...

More Than Meets the Eye: Researchers Find Eye Contact Causes Stress and Overactivation in the Brains of Autistic Individuals

They say that eyes are the windows to the soul, but for individuals with autism, a lack of eye contact can reveal much more. A team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has shed light on why those with autism often avoid looking others in the eyes. ...

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Children’s Sleep Habits Could Improve Their Ability to Focus, Make Friends and Solve Problems Later on in Childhood: Five Things to Know

A recent study by the MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and relationship building later on in childhood. Here are five things to know about the study… The recommended amount of sleep for children is ...