Brain Disease Researchers Track Elusive Protein

Devastating brain diseases like Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been painfully slow to give up their secrets.  But behavioral neurologist Brad Dickerson, MD, and his Mass General research team are tracking an important protein that has long eluded measurement in the living brain.  Their work may mark a turning point in how such now-incurable conditions […]

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Nutrition Shortcuts When You Live Alone

For elderly people who live alone, it can be a challenge to continuously prepare and eat nutritionally balanced meals. Loneliness, depression, immobility and problems with transportation or finances are just some of the factors that lead to elders adopting unbalanced diets that have negative health effects. In this blog post from Harvard Medical School, two Mass General health […]

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Anesthesia: Who Knew What When?

“On October 16, 1846, at Massachusetts General Hospital, [William T.G. Morton] successfully administered ether to a surgical patient in a public demonstration. As acclaim was heaped upon Morton, [Horace] Wells unsurprisingly cried foul—but so did [Charles T.] Jackson. A bitter dispute rose all the way to Congress…” READ MORE

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Smartphone Device Can Quickly Diagnosis Cancer

“Imagine your doctor could take some of your cells, slide them into a compartment on a smartphone and tell you if you had cancer in just an hour. You could be spared an agonizing wait for lab results. And your doctor could discuss the diagnosis and your treatment options in person. A team led by Ralph Weissleder, MD, […]

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NIH Director Francis Collins on His Agency’s Future and His Own

Great article about the National Institutes of Health from STAT “I am sure I have met with more than 300 members of the Congress face-to-face, and had a conversation about what medical research is about right now, and how does it happen, and what are the most exciting developments — and I can’t think of […]

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The Science Behind The Perception Of Beauty

When it comes to who you find attractive, a new Mass General research study suggests that environment and experience may have more influence than your genetic makeup. The online study, led by Laura Germine, PhD, used sets of twins to estimate the relative contributions of genetic and environmental variation when judging attractiveness of a series […]

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Wakefield Researcher ‘Seals’ the deal in Antarctica

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Emmanual Buys, PhD, is part of a collaborative research team that has been working in Antarctica to study the Weddell seal, a mammal that can remain under water for longer than 70 minutes at a depth of 500 meters. Buys and his team are taking tissue samples from seals to learn […]

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Video from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Mass. General

Check out this video detailing how researchers at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital are working to improve the methods used to preserve and support livers outside the body in order to increase the number of viable livers that are available for transplant. (Source: https://player.vimeo.com/)

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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

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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 […]

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