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Mass General Stands Up for Science

 This Saturday, April 22, thousands of supporters are expected to come together on the Boston Common from 2-4pm for the March for Science, an event also taking place in Washington, DC, and in more than 400 cities around the world. The Boston March for Science will celebrate the discovery, understanding and sharing of scientific knowledge. ...

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Early Warning System May Save Lives from Sepsis

Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology biomedical engineering team are developing a computer-based early warning system to alert clinicians when a patient might have a deadly condition called sepsis. This MGH-MIT collaborative project has helped shorten by half the time it takes clinicians to start patients with sepsis on lifesaving antibiotics. ...

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Teaming Up to Find Treatments for Rare Diseases

What is the fastest way to develop new treatments for patients with rare diseases? In a word, teamwork. That was the consensus that emerged from an hour-long panel discussion on rare disease research hosted by the Division of Clinical Research at Massachusetts General Hospital last month. “By their very definition, rare diseases have limited resources and we all ...

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Research at Massachusetts General Hospital

Did you know that Massachusetts General Hospital is home to the largest hospital-based research program in the United States? We’re a community of over 8,000 people working to improve the lives of our patients and those across the globe. http://bit.ly/2e4kHsP

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Mass General Scientists are Growing New Hearts in the Cells of Old Ones

(From an article in Atlas Obscura by Sarah Laskow) For decades now, there’s been an image of human regeneration being a few cells dividing in a petri dish, hopefully growing into a shiny new organ. But the truth is that scientists’ work is a bit more macabre. To make a new organ, it helps to be working from a ...

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Genetic Studies Reveals New Clues to Hereditary High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. We know that half the risk of developing high blood pressure is due to inherited factors, but until recently we only understood two percent of the genetic reasons for that risk. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are now a step closer to understanding the genetic underpinnings ...

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Cell Race Organizers Hope to Accelerate Sepsis Research

Sepsis is a deadly condition that impacts more than a million Americans each year. And yet we still don’t know  that much about what causes it or how to prevent it. One Massachusetts General Hospital researcher believes that the answer can be found in the movement of white blood cells in the body, and he’s developed a unique way ...

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Should the Media Report on Health Research?

Great thought piece on the challenges of reporting biomedical research stories to the public, featuring Harry W. Orf, PhD, the senior vice president for research at Massachusetts General Hospital. “[Dr. Orf] says it’s important for health stories to note that most discoveries don’t go immediately, or even quickly, from an academic journal to a hospital, pharmacy, or ...

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Research Roundup

This month’s research roundup features a study that seeks to determine why our minds wander, a clinical trial that demonstrated that the brains of marijuana users react differently to social exclusion than non-users, and a study of oxytocin spray as a method for weight loss. Read the full Research Roundup here

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Human Cardiac Cells Grown on Heart ‘Scaffold’

Heart cells have been successfully grown in a human heart stripped of all cellular components by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital. The scientists behind the work hope to create cardiac muscle to repair damaged tissue.   READ MORE