Mapping the Connections Between Allergies and the Microbiome

Why do some children develop severe allergies or autoimmune disorders when their parents have no history of either condition? Rather than looking to genetics for clues, the answer may lie in the communication that occurs between the T cells of the immune system and the bacteria in the gut, particularly at a very young age. ...

Study Looks at Risk Factors for Overdose in Adolescents

A team of investigators from the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified factors that may increase the risk of drug overdose in adolescents and young adults. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry last month. Here are five things to know: Substance use patterns are ...

Awards and Honors: April 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. In this series we highlight a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Krishna Aragam, MD, MS, clinical and research fellow in Cardiology, and Michael Osborne, MD, clinical and research fellow ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Exercise may help make heart younger – In a new study performed in mice, researchers from the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute uncovered one explanation for why exercise might ...

Large-Scale Study Provides New Insights Into the Genetic Contributors to Schizophrenia

Tarjinder Singh, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Mark Daly, PhD, in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. His poster, The meta-analysis of rare coding variants in the whole-exome sequences of 25,000 cases and 50,000 controls implicates individual risk genes for schizophrenia, was among the winners at this ...

Mass General Participates in Week-Long Celebration of Science and Discovery

Each year the Cambridge Science Festival hosts a 10-day celebration of science, technology and art in the Greater Boston area with the goal of making science accessible, interactive and fun. This year, the Mass General Research Institute participated in two of the festival’s 200+ events. Science Carnival and Robot Zoo On Saturday, April 14th, Mass General researcher Nitya ...

Genetic Insights, New Research Models Help to Drive New Rare Disease Research

While it may not have been called rare disease research by name, Massachusetts General Hospital has been identifying and tracking rare diseases for more than a century, says Florian Eichler, MD, Director of the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases in the Department of Neurology. In recent years, advances made by the Human Genome Project and ...

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: You Share Everything with Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves – New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as ...

New Research Explores Link Between Mind-Body Techniques and Blood Pressure

What if managing your high blood pressure was as easy as chanting “ommm”? A new study published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has found a possible explanation for why performing activities ...

New Study from Mass General Seeks to Improve Shared Decision Making Among Minority Patients

April is National Minority Health Month, a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to find ways to ensure that all patients have equal access to healthcare regardless of their race or ethnic background. To help raise awareness of health care disparities that continue to affect racial ...