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A FRESH Look at HIV Prevention and Women’s Empowerment

Researchers at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard recently published an editorial in Science Immunology detailing their efforts to combine basic science and social good to reduce the high rate of HIV infection in young South African women while simultaneously empowering them. Here is a brief summary.

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Could Folic Acid Help Reduce the Rates of Autism and Schizophrenia?

Folate levels have, once again, become an area of interest for a Massachusetts General Hospital -based research team after finding that increased in utero folic acid exposure is associated with changes in brain development later in life that could reduce the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia.

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Weekend Links: Using “Bravery” Cells to Treat Anxiety, Saying Goodbye to Mosquitoes and More

Weekend Links is a collection of interesting science stories from across the web, curated by your friends at the Mass General Research Institute. Mouth-Watering Flavor is Harder to Engineer Than We Hoped Ana Gorelova writing for The Conversation While companies producing plant-based meat substitutes are growing quickly, the future of cultured meat is still hazy. […]

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New Treatment for Bone Disorder Has Roots in Research From MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Advances in medical care often take a long and winding path from a new laboratory discovery to the patient bedside. So it is particularly gratifying as a physician-scientist when you have the opportunity to offer your patients a new treatment that came about in part from research in your own laboratory. For MassGeneral for Children’s […]

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A Closer Look at the Bacteria Behind the Recent Food Poisoning Outbreak

Clostridium perfringens is a common foodborne illness ‎that causes nearly 1 million infections each year. The bacterium has many environmental sources, but is typically found on raw meat and poultry.

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Weekend Links: Robotic Pants Helping Some People Walk Again, Artificially Grown Mini Brains and More

Weekend links is a collection of interesting science stories from across the web, curated by your friends at the Mass General Research Institute. Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again  (Ioannis Dimitrios Zoulias writing for The Conversation) Could the answer to mobility problems one day be as easy as pulling on a pair of trousers? […]

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Postdoc Profile: Yangyundou Wang, PhD

In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we’re profiling some of the postdoctoral researchers who make invaluable contributions to scientific research at Massachusetts General Hospital every day. Yangyundou Wang, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow working in the Vakoc Lab at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. My work at Mass General is very interdisciplinary. It combines […]

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Postdoc Profile: Michael VanElzakker, PhD

Michael VanElzakker, PhD, is a neuroscientist at Mass General who is using brain scans to learn more about chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Postdoc Profile: Anna Khimchenko, PhD

Scientific research is complex and often not straightforward. Thus, one needs to be smart, well-organized and hardworking to be successful. So, work hard, learn new things each minute, try to become better each day, and you will be acknowledged.

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Weekend Links: Barn Owls and ADHD Research, How Your Brain Creates a Sense of Self and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

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