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Cell Race Organizers Hope to Accelerate Sepsis Research

Sepsis is a deadly condition that impacts more than a million Americans each year. And yet we still don’t know  that much about what causes it or how to prevent it. One Massachusetts General Hospital researcher believes that the answer can be found in the movement of white blood cells in the body, and he’s developed a unique way ...

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BOTSOGO: Improving Cancer Care and Advancing Research in Botswana

By Milo Goodman Research Institute Communications Intern The Botswana Oncology Global Outreach (BOTSOGO) is a collaborative program between the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) that works to increase education about, access to, and quality of cancer care in Botswana. The program, which was established in 2011, was co-founded and is co-directed by Dr. Jason Efstathiou of ...

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How Social Media Can Distort and Misinform When Communicating Science

Great article about the challenges of science communication (or lack thereof) in the age of social media…. “Social media has been transformative in how it has democratized communication. But it’s a double-edged sword: social media allows scientists to correct misinformation by communicating their findings with public audiences to promote an understanding of complex issues. Equally dangerously, though, social-media ...

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Fascinating Findings from Massachusetts General Hospital: Recent Research on Alzheimer’s, Patient Navigators and the Wage Gap

By Milo Goodman Research Institute Intern Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to read about some extremely interesting research studies that were recently conducted by investigators at Mass General. Out of the dozens I’ve encountered, three have stood out to me in particular: research on sex-based income disparities among physicians, a study ...

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Working to Improve the Accuracy of Proton Beam Treatments

Proton beam treatment works by bombarding the tumor with a stream of high-speed protons that kill the tumor cells. The treatment is designed to target only the affected area, thus reducing collateral damage to the tissue surrounding the tumor. The tricky part is making sure that the protons hit their mark. The protons are only effective when they hit ...

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Brown Seeks to Change The Way We Think About Anesthesia

Emery Brown, MD, PhD, and a team of collaborating investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital are hoping to make a fundamental change in the way anesthesiologists think about the process of sedation—one that changes the focus from the body to the brain. Image ©sergey7777 / 123RF Stock Photo LEARN MORE

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Check Out Our Latest Research Roundup

Do you want to keep up with the latest Mass General research news but find yourself short on time? There’s a solution for that! Our monthly Research Roundup column highlights recent developments from our talented clinician-investigators and PhD scientists, and you can read it in just a few minutes. Find out more about heart implants, busy brain, a new ...

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Making Popcorn at the Mass General Picnic

Editor’s Note: This summer we have two communications interns working with us to write stories about research at the hospital and their experiences being part of the hospital community. This is a post by our intern Alyssa. On one of the first days of my internship, I was given a sheet of paper outlining important dates ...

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Why A Cluttered Mind is Bad for Creativity

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Dr. Moshe Bar explains why a clear mind is vital for innovative thinking in a recent New York Times opinion piece. “We found that a high mental load consistently diminished the originality and creativity of the response: Participants with seven digits to recall resorted to the most statistically common responses (e.g., white/black), whereas participants with ...

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Longest Day Event Offers Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease

(Editor’s note: This summer, the Mass General Research Institute has two communications interns working with us as we work to highlight all of the research that takes place across Massachusetts General Hospital. Here is a post from our intern, Milo Goodman.) Last month, Alyssa and I took a trip over to the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging for ...