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Celebrating the Role of Women in Science and Much More

Interested in the newest research studies and hot topics? Check out the latest issues of “From the Lab Bench”, a monthly newsletter from the Office of the Scientific Director at the Mass General Research Institute, and “Research Roundup”,  our monthly recap of the latest biomedical research news. In this month’s issue of From the Lab Bench, we […]

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The Secret to a Healthier, Happier Life is Priceless, According to Harvard Study

We’ve all been told that certain habits, like eating a well-balanced diet or getting enough sleep, are beneficial for our long-term health. But how do our relationships with others impact our overall well-being? A nearly 80-year-old Harvard study has some good news for social butterflies. “Our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships […]

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Strong Noses, Small Lips + High Foreheads? Kooky Beauty Is In

Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatry researcher Dr. Laura Germine talks to InTouch about changing ideals of beauty in the age of social media: “We are suddenly being exposed to a tremendous variety of faces.” LEARN MORE

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Why Our Next President Should Meditate

Researchers at Mass General found that people who practiced meditation, as well as other deep relaxation techniques, decreased their doctor visits by 42 percent when compared to the year before learning to practice meditation.  In addition, lab use dropped by 44 percent. Researchers believe the relaxation lead to healthy changes in the body, including less inflammation. READ MORE

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Female STEM Professionals Honored in Male-Dominated Field

Comments on gender and science from Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, the Scientific Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute and a research scientist with more than two decades of experience at the bench. Slaugenhaupt was recently named a Woman to Watch in Boston’s science and technology community by the Boston Business Journal. Award winner […]

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SharingClinic, To Help Patients Tell Their Stories, Opens At Mass. General Hospital

“As a patient and a doctor, Brewster yearned for a therapeutic arena in which patients could tell their full health stories and feel they were actually heard, not rushed out the door; and where doctors, as well, could share a little more with patients.” LEARN MORE

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Email Communication Between Doctors and Patients Helps to Reduce Costly Office Visits

Patients who are financially responsible for high out-of-pocket costs are significantly more likely to choose email and other online patient engagement methods over an expensive office visit to contact providers about their health concerns, according to a recent research study by a team that included Vicki Fung, PhD, from Mass General’s Mongan Institute for Health Policy. […]

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What is Your New Year’s Resolution Solution?

What is your goal for 2016? To lose weight? Save more money? Live life to the fullest? This article shares some valuable ways to put the relaxation response to use in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions.

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Nutrition Shortcuts When You Live Alone

For elderly people who live alone, it can be a challenge to continuously prepare and eat nutritionally balanced meals. Loneliness, depression, immobility and problems with transportation or finances are just some of the factors that lead to elders adopting unbalanced diets that have negative health effects. In this blog post from Harvard Medical School, two Mass General health […]

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The Science Behind The Perception Of Beauty

When it comes to who you find attractive, a new Mass General research study suggests that environment and experience may have more influence than your genetic makeup. The online study, led by Laura Germine, PhD, used sets of twins to estimate the relative contributions of genetic and environmental variation when judging attractiveness of a series […]

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