Does Gender Play a Role in Fear and Anxiety?

Did you know that the levels of estrogen or testosterone that you have in your body may play a role in how much you experience anxiety? Dr. Mohammed Milad, director of the Behavioral Neuroscience Program at Mass General, has been studying how hormone levels in men and women can affect their feelings of anxiety–and the […]

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Mass General Researchers to Join a Nationwide Network Investigating Treatments for Food Allergies

(Text from the Boston Business Journal – Full Article Here) A Virginia-based nonprofit focused on food allergy research is bringing Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital together with a number of medical centers throughout the country to progress development of food allergy treatments. The main hope behind the network, put together by the Food […]

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Mass General Researchers Use Imaging Tools to Gain Insights into the Physiology of the Trance State

Shamanic rituals that involve entering a trance state have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. But we still know very little about the scientific basis of trances. A team of investigators that included researchers from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General recently conducted MRI scans of 15 shamanic […]

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Researchers at Mass General Hope Deep Brain Stimulation Device can Help Veterans with PTSD

Mass General researchers are working on a deep brain stimulation device that may be able to help veterans returning from the battlefield with depression and post traumatic stress disorder (‪#‎PTSD‬) by stimulating key areas of the brain that may no longer be functioning correctly.   Neurosurgeon Dr. Emad Eskandar is working with a team of […]

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Ever Wonder Why Doctors Wear White Coats?

Hint: it has something to do with science, individual character and perceptions of  authority. Find out more about the symbolism behind the white coat—and how this coat could be evolving in the near future—in this essay by researcher Nancy Etcoff, PhD, director of the Program of Aesthetics and Well-Being in the Mass General Department of Psychiatry. […]

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Work in Research at Mass General

Did you know that Mass General is home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States? Each week, the Mass General Research Institute generates a PDF file with active links to the latest job openings in research. This week’s list has more than 160 positions, from full to part time, from clinical research coordinators to research administrators. […]

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Mass General Research Study Suggests that Cases of Hepatitis C May be Higher Than Reported

A new research study conducted by investigators from Mass General and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health suggests that the number of hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in the United States may actually be higher than reported, in the context of an enlarging opioid use epidemic. This gap in reporting may be due to fragmented […]

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Microfabricated Device Developed at Mass General Allows Evaluation of the Efficacy, Toxicity of Drugs Metabolized Through the Liver

A team of researchers from the Mass General Center for Engineering in Medicine (CEM) has developed a new microfabricated device that simplifies the process of testing so-called “pro-drugs” for toxic side effects. A pro-drug is one that is administered in an inactive form and then transformed into an active drug via metabolism in the liver. […]

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Mass General Research Wins Best Image Award at Cardiovascular Conference

Choukri Mekkaoui, PhD, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, won the “best image” award at the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) conference in Nice, France earlier this year. He received the award for the image at top, titled “The Heart of Renoir’s Little Girl with a Spray of […]

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Study of Football Players Looks at Connection Between Weight Lifting and Heart Wall Stiffness

How much weight lifting is too much? As part of a multifaceted study funded by the NFL Players Association to assess the post-career health risks that football players face, Mass General researcher Aaron Baggish, MD, is following up on testing that indicates that intense weight lifting is responsible for making players’ heart walls stiff and inflexible, which in […]

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