Category: Neurology Research

Learn more about recent neurology research from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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A Snapshot of Science: Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease, Development of Type 1 Diabetes, and Much More

We wanted to share some recent Mass General research that has been published in high impact, top-tier journals. This is just a small snapshot of the incredible research that takes place at Mass General each day — there’s lots more to find at massgeneral.org/research/news!   DETECTING AND TREATING STIFF TUMORS Published in Nature Scientific Reports on […]

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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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Shining a Light on Multiple Sclerosis-Related Fatigue

Mass General researcher are investigating the impact of light therapy on fatigue related to multiple sclerosis (MS).

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The Science Behind my Compulsion to Shop – and How to Become a Smarter Spender

Editor’s Note: This summer we have two communications interns working with us to write stories about research at the hospital and their experiences being part of the hospital community. This is a post by our intern Catherine Iannucci, a student at Emerson College . My name is Catherine, and I am a compulsive buyer. As a […]

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Team Effort Finds First Definitive Answers to Complex Genetic Basis of Tourette Syndrome

A large scale analysis of genetic information from individuals with Tourette syndrome led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA has identified alterations in two genes that significantly increase the risk of developing the disorder. A team effort between genetic researchers, clinicians, a patient advocacy group and volunteer study participants has revealed new genetic […]

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Both Patients and Researchers Have a Role to Play in Preserving Brain Function

Reposted from the Mass General Giving Website Brain health is key to living a long and happy life. Too many Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and other brain conditions that rob them of their memories, their independence and their lives. In fact, 1 of every 3 seniors dies due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. […]

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What Triggers Our Scratching and How We Can Make it Stop?

Everyone itches. But there’s a big difference between a tingle that a quick flick of the fingernail can remedy and a chronic and uncomfortable sensation for which deep scratching only provides temporary relief. Two Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologists – Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, and Ethan Lerner, MD, PhD – are exploring the intricacies of that difference. Read more […]

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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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For Alzheimer’s Patients, Every Day is the Longest Day

June 21st is not only the longest day of the calendar year, but it is also a special day focused on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an irreversible progressive form of dementia that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. The challenges of living with AD make each day the “longest” in terms of sheer survival. The Longest Day […]

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Researchers Detect “Silent” Seizures in Alzheimer’s Patients

First let’s define a key word: Hippocampus: The brain structure responsible for memory development. The hippocampus is a key part of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, and also a common source of seizures in people with epilepsy. New research from Massachusetts General Hospital suggests a potential new connection between the devastating memory loss associated […]

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