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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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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 weekend reading enjoyment: How to wake up in a good mood every day – The Society of American Florists, in conjunction with Nancy Etcoff, an investigator at Mass General, conducted a six-month study into how keeping flowers in the […]

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Remembering the Legacy of a Mass General Neurophysiologist and Pioneer in Race Relations at Harvard

Black History Month is an annual celebration in February of achievements by African Americans. This year, we’re commemorating the life and legacy of S. Allen Counter, a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a neurophysiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the founding director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. Although Counter […]

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Hackathon Revolutionizes Care with Plan to Reduce Deadly Opiate Overdoses

When it comes to stopping the deadly effects of an opiate overdose, time is of the essence. Every moment that the brain is deprived of oxygen increases the risk of permanent damage or death. Overdoses can be reversed by administering a drug called Narcan, but the treatment has to be delivered quickly. A team of […]

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More than Just Hindering Fires – Can Flame Retardants Interfere with Fertility?

In a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of researchers investigated the potential connection between exposure to flame retardant chemicals found in household products— called PFRs — and pregnancy. While we can’t conclude from the results that products like yoga mats cause infertility, the findings bolster pre-existing research suggesting an association between […]

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Evaluating the Impact of Cutbacks to HIV Programs in Resource-Limited Nations

Proposed reductions in U.S. foreign aid would have a devastating impact on HIV treatment and prevention programs in countries receiving such aid, an international team of investigators reports. In their paper published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, the team led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Yale School of Public Health describes […]

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Overcoming the “Curse of Knowledge” To Effectively Communicate Your Science

Gene Kinney, PhD, president and CEO of Prothena, a global biotechnology company, published a great article in Xconomy earlier this year about the importance of communicating science. He says researchers need be strategic about how they talk about their work in order to enhance the public’s understanding of science and its impact on society. Using […]

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