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Research Your Resolution: Focus on Your Mental Health, Especially As You Age

Jennifer Gatchel MD, PhD, is a geriatric psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and an investigator in the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General. She works with adults ages 60 and over to help them cope with life’s transitions. Read more about her research. Although dementia is on the rise, it is not […]

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Research Your Resolution: Boost Your Brain Health With Social Connections

Joel Salinas, MD, is a behavioral neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, and social epidemiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Brain Health. To learn more about his research, please visit his lab website. When we make social connections with other people, we live better and have healthier brains for longer. This might mean re-connecting with old friends, […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: Untangling the Connections Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Mental Illness

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. But before we get to the research, we want to thank you for following along with the Research Institute in 2017! We’ll […]

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Study Predicts Alzheimer’s Cases to Double in US by 2060. How Mass General Researchers are Fighting Back.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released some unsettling new estimates about the number of individuals affected with Alzheimer’s disease this week—and how that number is expected to skyrocket in the near future. The NIH team estimates that there are 6 million Americans who currently have either Alzheimer’s disease or some form of […]

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Doctors Look To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Decades Before Symptoms or Diagnosis

Healthcare providers are focusing more on prevention, given recent discoveries into this degenerative neurological condition. Meanwhile, treatment and management remain challenging, as families and caregivers often struggle to find appropriate and affordable care. Check out this interview from New Hampshire Public Radio which includes Massachusetts General Hospital cognitive neuroscientist and instructor of neurology, Jonathan Jackson, […]

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Little Known Form of Dementia Can Spark Creative Expression

As patients with frontotemporal dementia, a little-known form of dementia, lose their language capabilities, they develop a keen interest in visual arts. “It can be a source of pleasure and hope and optimism in an otherwise pretty devastating state of affairs,” says Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Dr. Bradford C. Dickerson. Dickerson is studying patients with […]

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Longest Day Event Offers Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease

(Editor’s note: This summer, the Mass General Research Institute has two communications interns working with us as we work to highlight all of the research that takes place across Massachusetts General Hospital. Here is a post from our intern, Milo Goodman.) Last month, Alyssa and I took a trip over to the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging for […]

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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 are understood and […]

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