Category: Gastroenterology Research

News and articles about research related to gastrointestinal disorders from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Could Bacterial Changes in the Blood Play a Role in Celiac Disease?

A recent research study from Massachusetts General Hospital points to an intriguing new way to look at celiac disease—by studying its connection to bacterial changes in the blood.

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Researchers Find Immune Cells in the Gut May Affect the Speed of Your Metabolism

Researchers from Mass General recently published a study in Nature that found how certain immune cells in the gut could regulate metabolism and possibly contribute to diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

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How We Talk to Children About Obesity Can Make a Big Difference

Obesity has become one of the most talked-about health issues but, ironically, we still haven’t mastered how to talk about it yet. With all the stigma surrounding the words like fat and obese, discussing weight issues can be tough for both people experiencing it, and physicians trying to address it. Medical experts say stigma can […]

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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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New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

In the battle between bacteria and humans, the best defense may be a good offense. That’s the promising approach being pursued by Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD, a researcher and clinician in the Department of Infectious Disease and a d’Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lesser is using her MGH Research Scholar funding ($500,000 […]

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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 […]

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Mass General Researcher Maps the Connections Between Allergies and the Microbiome

Nitya Jain, PhD, a researcher at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, is studying how changes in the bacterial population in the gut influence T cell development and how signals between the two systems drive this process.

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Weekend Links

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 […]

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Mass General 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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New Research Uncovers Gender Differences for Risk of Developing Heart Disease

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? American Heart Month, celebrated in February, is an opportunity to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Researchers and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to improve treatment and […]

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