Category: Anesthesia Research

Recent research from investigators in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Martinos Center Researcher Receives Award to Explore Anesthesia and Sleep

The Society for Neuroscience recently named Mass General researcher Laura Lewis, PhD, a recipient of the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award. Supported by The Gruber Foundation, the award recognizes young neuroscientists for outstanding research and educational pursuit in an international setting and includes $25,000 for each recipient. We asked Dr. Lewis, an investigator […]

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New Screening Technique Makes Waves in The Quest for Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

How could the study of patients under anesthesia lead to a new way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease? It could all come down to brainwaves. Patrick Purdon, PhD, a researcher with the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, is investigating how changes in brainwave patterns could potentially detect early signs of […]

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Could the Microbiome be the Key to Ending Chemotherapy-Induced Pain?

Most of us have experienced the odd sensation of “pins and needles” in our hands or feet. While annoying and painful, the sensation usually goes away quickly. But for many people with peripheral neuropathy, a disorder involving increased sensitivity of nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord, this experience may linger for months to […]

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Making Migraines Less of a Headache: Researchers Test a New Method for Migraine Prediction

Mass General researchers have developed a new forecasting model that has the potential to pinpoint when a migraine will strike by tracking an individual’s stress levels over time.

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Studies Reveal How General Anesthesia’s Brain Effects Differ in Older Adults and Children

Recent Massachusetts General Hospital investigations into the neurobiology underlying the effects of general anesthesia have begun to reveal the ways different anesthetic agents alter specific aspects of the brain’s electrical signals, reflected by EEG (electroencephalogram) signatures.  While those studies have provided information that may lead to improved techniques for monitoring the consciousness of patients receiving […]

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