Category: population health

A Newly Discovered Link Between Gut Bacteria and Cholera

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Duke University and the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have used machine learning algorithms to find patterns within communities of bacteria living in the human gut. These patterns could indicate who among the approximately one billion people at risk of cholera infection around the globe will ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Want to build a dragon? Science is here for you – If someone were to create a dragon, how would it get its flame? Nature, it seems, has all the parts a dragon needs to set the world ...

New Study from Mass General Seeks to Improve Shared Decision Making Among Minority Patients

April is National Minority Health Month, a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to find ways to ensure that all patients have equal access to healthcare regardless of their race or ethnic background. To help raise awareness of health care disparities that continue to affect racial ...

Breast Cancer Screening Research Highlights How Flawed Science Contributes to Health Disparities

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital published in JAMA Surgery highlights the pitfalls of basing clinical recommendations on data that is too heavily skewed towards one race or ethnic group. The current guidelines for breast cancer screening issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force recommend beginning mammograms at age 50 for women at ...

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Expert advice for reducing obesity: Take the blame out of it – Fatima Cody Stanford, a Mass General investigator and leading expert on obesity, is exploring the impact of behavioral and environmental factors in the complex processes ...

Study Highlights the Extent and Impact of Smartphone Use

You’re in line at the grocery store or waiting for a train during your morning commute. You look up for a second and notice that everyone, including you, is gazing down at their smartphones. This sight isn’t too hard to imagine – scrolling through our Facebook feeds or texting has become the new normal not ...

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Learning to See – A new artificial intelligence technique developed by researchers at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging dramatically improves the quality of medical imaging. How to help manage your anxiety naturally with food – Being ...

Science Fair Inspires

When Jovanny Joseph, an eighth-grader at Timilty Middle School, told his mentor Jamie Heather, PhD, a researcher in the Cobbold Lab in the MGH Cancer Center, that he planned to create his own Tesla coil for the school’s annual science fair Feb. 6, Heather was impressed. “I’m from the U.K. where we don’t really have science ...

Pediatrician Engages Communities to Make a Lasting Impact on Child Health

Imagine you are a pediatric clinician in an urban community health center. You notice that the majority of your patients have the same triad of conditions – obesity, asthma and behavioral health problems. You can encourage your patients to lose weight, prescribe asthma medication or connect them with psychiatric services, all of which may help ...

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: A Painful Bruise Wouldn’t Heal. It Took Several Hospital Visits to Discover Why. – A 39 year old woman had been sick for months. She had seen many doctors and had been given a variety of diagnoses, ...