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Doctors Look To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Decades Before Symptoms or Diagnosis

Healthcare providers are focusing more on prevention, given recent discoveries into this degenerative neurological condition. Meanwhile, treatment and management remain challenging, as families and caregivers often struggle to find appropriate and affordable care. Check out this interview from New Hampshire Public Radio which includes Massachusetts General Hospital cognitive neuroscientist and instructor of neurology, Jonathan Jackson, […]

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Re-Thinking Mental Health Treatment: World Health Day 2017

Did you know that more than 300 million people worldwide live with depression? That number has increased 18% between 2005 and 2015, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). With such staggering numbers, it’s no surprise that WHO has chosen depression as its theme for this year’s World Health Day, which is celebrated today, April […]

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Are You Actually Allergic to Penicillin? Researchers Find New Methods to Confirm Antibiotic Allergies

First let’s define a few key words: Penicillin: Penicillin is an antibiotic treatment that is effective at getting rid of common bacterial infections and treat skin, ear, sinus and upper respiratory tract infections. Cephalosporin and Amoxicillin: Antibiotics similar to penicillin. What’s the issue researchers wanted to address? “10 to 15 percent of hospitalized patients have […]

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To Mars and Beyond: Exploring Innovative Solutions to the Challenges of Space Travel

If you could only bring two shoeboxes worth of medical supplies—from first aid kits to surgical tools— with you on a three year space mission, what would you bring? What if these limitations were compounded by a much higher risk of health complications, including increased exposure to radiation, bone density loss and so much else […]

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New Study Details the Risk of Blockages, Bleeding and Death Among Patients Who Receive Stents: Five Things to Know

Mass General researchers wanted to better understand the long-term risk of blockages, bleeding events and death among patients who received a cardiac stent. Here are five things to know about the new study recently published in JAMA Cardiology

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Smartphone to Screen for Male Infertility

SA_Image_6: The smartphone-based semen analyzer can be used to test for male infertility from the privacy of your home. The 3D printed setup costing <$5 can analyze most semen samples in less than 5 seconds.

Smartphone Device Accurately Screens for Male Infertility

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a smartphone-based semen analyzer that can be used to test for male infertility in the privacy of your own home. The device can accurately analyze most semen samples in less than five seconds. The Challenge Male infertility affects almost half of the 45 […]

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Early Warning System May Save Lives from Sepsis

Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology biomedical engineering team are developing a computer-based early warning system to alert clinicians when a patient might have a deadly condition called sepsis. This MGH-MIT collaborative project has helped shorten by half the time it takes clinicians to start patients with sepsis on lifesaving antibiotics. […]

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Research Awards and Honors: March 2017

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:  Ryan Corcoran, MD, PhD, of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, has been elected to the American Society for […]

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Proposed NIH Budget Cuts Could Devastate the Research Landscape

From scientists and physicians to senior leadership, members of research community at Massachusetts General Hospital are expressing deep concerns about President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal 2018, which calls for a $5.6 billion cut in funding for medical research via the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Harry W. Orf, PhD, Mass General’s senior vice […]

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Little Known Form of Dementia Can Spark Creative Expression

As patients with frontotemporal dementia, a little-known form of dementia, lose their language capabilities, they develop a keen interest in visual arts. “It can be a source of pleasure and hope and optimism in an otherwise pretty devastating state of affairs,” says Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Dr. Bradford C. Dickerson. Dickerson is studying patients with […]

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