Say Aaah and Swallow: This Smart Pill Could Track Your Heartbeat

“The best way to monitor vital signs like breathing and heart rate may be with a microphone that listens and transmits data from inside the body, say researchers at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Massachusetts General Hospital.” READ MORE


Guess what? You’re Only 10% Human

From the University of California research blog: Is space really the final frontier or are the greatest mysteries closer to home? Researchers estimate that there are more undiscovered microbes on Earth than stars in the sky. The microbiome is fast becoming an exciting new frontier in human health. That’s because our bodies are made up of ...


Artificial Patients, Real Learning

“At Mass General, simulation has become a regular part of the practice of medicine, to train students and to keep the skills of its 10,000 clinical employees up-to-date, said Dr. James Gordon, the director of the hospital’s MGH Learning Laboratory.“ LEARN MORE


Tumor RNA Within Platelets May Help Diagnose and Classify Cancer, Identify Treatment Strategies

“By combining next-generation-sequencing gene expression profiles of platelet RNA with computational algorithms we developed, we were able to detect the presence of cancer with 96 percent accuracy,” says Bakhos Tannous, PhD, of the MGH Department of Neurology, co-senior author of the Cancer Cell paper along with investigators from VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. READ MORE


Finding a very good age in the Ether Dome

Great article on the historic Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital, and our 2,700-year-old resident mummy Padihershef.


Mass. General Team Generates Therapeutic Nitric Oxide From Air with an Electric Spark

“Once we’ve shown that this can safely be used in human patients with pulmonary hypertension – and we’ve got a clinical trial in progress right now – we’ll be able to conduct studies of inhaled NO delivered in ambulatory settings, including patients’ homes, to treat chronic pulmonary hypertension, right-sided heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” – Warren Zapol, MD Director, ...


Studies Reveal How General Anesthesia’s Brain effects Differ in Older Adults and in Children

“We know even less about how anesthetic drugs influence brain activity in children, and the current standard of care for assessing the brain state of children under anesthesia calls only for monitoring vital signs like heart rate and blood pressure. This lack of knowledge is especially troubling, given recent studies suggesting an association between early childhood surgery requiring general ...


Translational Research Leader Sees Huge Potential

Mason Freeman, MD, the director of the new Translational Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses how collaborations with industry can help Mass General researchers speed the development of new devices, diagnostics and therapeutics to help patients. Research at Massachusetts General Hospital is interwoven throughout more than 30 departments, centers and units across the institution, ...


Mass. General Study Identifies Genomic Differences Between Breast Cancers of African American and White Women

“In addition to having a higher prevalence of triple-negative breast cancers than Caucasian women – something that has been documented in previous studies – we found that African American women with breast cancer had a significantly higher prevalence of the TP53 driver mutation, basal tumor subtype and greater genomic diversity within tumors, all of which suggest more aggressive tumor ...


The Two Brains at the Forefront of the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Great article featuring Mass General researchers Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Doo Yeon Kim, PhD. “Tanzi and Kim have devised a revolutionary tool for tackling Alzheimer’s disease, the world’s leading cause of senile dementia and a medical crisis that looms ever larger as the teeming throngs of baby boomers lurch into old age.” Research at Massachusetts ...