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

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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

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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.

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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, […]

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

Recent Massachusetts General Hospital investigations into the neurobiology underlying the effects of general anesthesia have begun to reveal the ways different anesthetic agents alter specific aspects of the brain’s electrical signals, reflected by EEG (electroencephalogram) signatures.  While those studies have provided information that may lead to improved techniques for monitoring the consciousness of patients receiving […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Looking to Write More Memorable Research Papers? Here Are Some Great Tips From the Research4life Website 

 

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Gupta: Alzheimer’s is Young(er) Person’s Disease: Get to Work

Great article from CNN about recent developments in Alzheimer’s disease research, featuring (among others) Rudy Tanzi, PhD, a researcher in the department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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