Category: Mass General Research

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Celebrating Women in Science

The Mass General Research Institute is made up of numerous centers, labs and researchers within the Massachusetts General Hospital. We are incredibly grateful to be a part of such a large community of innovative scientists. One of our centers, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, recently highlighted several of their researchers to support women in […]

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The Research Institute is Having an Image Contest

Here at Mass General, we are very lucky to have a number of researchers at the cutting edge of science. Every day we read interesting stories about ground-breaking research happening all around us. But this time around, we wanted to get a different view of the science. Instead of asking researchers to submit their papers, […]

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Study Clarifies the Role of Stress in Differences in Life Expectancy for Residents of Three Boston Neighborhoods

In a city where most residents are within a short distance of world class academic medical centers, and in a state that makes health insurance available to all, why is there such a such a disparity in life expectancy among the residents of three Boston neighborhoods?

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Regulating Microglia’s Three Roles May Be the Key to Managing Inflammation in the Brain

Experts have long thought of microglia as the immune cells of the brain because they support and defend cells within the central nervous system. To help describe their various functions, scientists have classified microglia into three different roles: sentinels, warriors and nurturers. But what happens to the brain when these microglia aren’t doing their job […]

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Mass General Research Awards and Honors: November 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. Continue reading to hear from a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Xandra Breakefield, PhD, has received the Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The award provides […]

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The Mass General Research Blog: Best Social Networking Award and Your Top Five Favorite Posts of 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Mass General Research Institute blog has been named a gold medal winner for Best Social Networking at this year’s 2018 eHealthcare Leadership Awards! We are incredibly grateful to all of the talented scientists in the Mass General research community who have taken the time to share their stories with […]

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Weekend Links: the Science of Good Chocolate, Wasps Can Turn Roaches Into Zombies and More

Roaches Kick Wasps in the Head to Avoid Becoming Zombies Mindy Weisberger writing for Live Science A wasp that preys on cockroaches turns them into mind-controlled zombies by stinging them in the brain, and roaches were thought to be all but defenseless against this zombifying attack. But it turns out that cockroaches have a defensive […]

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Abstinence Makes the Memory Grow Stronger: New Research Shows Memory Function in Adolescents Improves After 30 Days of Cannabis Abstinence

With the first recreational cannabis shops set to opening Massachusetts within the next few weeks, many are worried about the long-term effects of regular marijuana use. Parents of teens and adolescents may have cause for extra concern, as previous research studies have shown that regular cannabis use can impair brain functions important for memory and […]

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5 Health Benefits of Meditation Backed by Scientists at Mass General

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to achieve a state of calmness and clarity. While it was commonly associated with certain religious practices, it has made its way into everyday Western culture, with increasing amounts of research showing it has several positive health benefits. Herbert Benson, MD, is an internationally […]

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Become a Science Expert! 5 Student-Approved Websites to Check Out With Your Kids

Are you looking for some fun and interactive websites to engage students in science? Look no further! Our science communications intern Aliénor Rice– a high school student at the International School of Boston, recently checked out this list of the best science websites for students, and picked out some of her favorites. Check out her […]

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