Category: Population Health

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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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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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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 […]

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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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Weekend Links

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, […]

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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 holiday weekend reading enjoyment: When love and science double date – coverage of research by Mass General psychiatrists Richard Schwartz and Jacqueline Olds, mentions study led by Mass General investigator Robert Waldinger Caring for Ms. L. — Overcoming My Fear […]

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Could Strenuous Exercise Be Bad for Your Heart?

If you’ve noticed a trend in runners signing up for half-, full-, or even ultra-marathons, it isn’t just your subconscious guilting you into exercising — the number of recreational endurance exercise participants has in fact increased in recent years, and RunningUSA predicts the number of participants will continue to rise. Research has already confirmed that […]

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Research Your Resolution: Maintain an Exercise Routine for Health Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS, is an Obesity Medicine Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, an Associate at the Mass General Disparities Solution Center, and Associated Faculty at the Mass General Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Her research and clinical practice take a holistic approach to both treat and advocate for […]

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Research from Mass General Clinicians Highlights the Growing Opioid Problem and Its Impact on Health Outcomes

The opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States, with drug overdose deaths and opioid-related health complications on the rise. According to the CDC, from 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses, and 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. 91 Americans die every day from an […]

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Study Predicts Alzheimer’s Cases to Double in US by 2060. How Mass General Researchers are Fighting Back.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released some unsettling new estimates about the number of individuals affected with Alzheimer’s disease this week—and how that number is expected to skyrocket in the near future. The NIH team estimates that there are 6 million Americans who currently have either Alzheimer’s disease or some form of […]

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