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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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A Link Between Flu and Heart Attacks? Mass General Cardiologist Weighs In

New research has found yet another reason to avoid catching the flu this season- it could increase your risk of a heart attack if you’re over the age of 35. A recent study from investigators at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario in Canada have found that you’re six times more […]

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In Case You Missed it: Science Stories from Around the Web

We love good science stories here at the Mass General Research Institute and wanted to share a few of our favorites from other health and science websites. Enjoy! The best and worst analogies for CRISPR, ranked From a knockout punch to an act of God, CRISPR technology has drawn comparisons to a vast array of […]

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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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World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity to highlight the success of worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of continued support for these efforts. Researchers and clinicians, including those at Massachusetts General Hospital, acknowledge that although great strides have been made in the clinical […]

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Celebrity Patients Bring Lupus into The Headlines, But Much Remains Unknown

This September, actress and singer Selena Gomez announced on Instagram that she underwent a kidney transplant as part of her treatment for lupus, an autoimmune disease in which a body’s immune system begins to attack its own tissues and organs. Gomez and other celebrities such as Nick Cannon, Toni Braxton and Seal have publicly spoken […]

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Meet a Mass General Postdoc: Amy Tsurumi

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, all this week we’ll be sharing profiles of just a few of our amazing Mass General postdocs to highlight their research and what inspires them. Our fourth and final featured postdoc this year is Amy Tsurumi, PhD, a research fellow in the Rahme Lab. Where did you get […]

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Meet a Mass General Postdoc: Robert Lochhead

This week is National Postdoc Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to the research community. In celebration, all this week we’ll be sharing profiles of just a few of the amazing postdocs here at Mass General to highlight their research and what inspires them. First, we’d like to introduce […]

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Evaluating the Impact of Cutbacks to HIV Programs in Resource-Limited Nations

Proposed reductions in U.S. foreign aid would have a devastating impact on HIV treatment and prevention programs in countries receiving such aid, an international team of investigators reports. In their paper published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, the team led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Yale School of Public Health describes […]

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Cuts to NIH Program Could Disrupt Infectious Disease Research at Mass General and Around the World

Mass General researchers working to stop the spread of infectious disease are worried that proposed cuts to the NIH budget would eliminate a key resource for global health efforts. Back in the 1950s, there was a global effort to control mosquito populations with the hope of eradicating mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. […]

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