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Are Genetics the Body’s Natural Alarm Clock?

If you own a white noise machine, sleeping mask or high-tech mattress, you may feel like you’re in control of your sleep. But what if there were factors outside your control that influence how many hours of sleep you get every night? In addition to environmental factors like temperature, noise and light, our genes are ...

Under Pressure: ResQFoam Stops the Bleed

Thirty-six minutes. That is the average time it takes for a person who has entered a hospital’s emergency department to reach an operating room. For a patient suffering from an exsanguinating, noncompressible abdominal hemorrhage – a severe, life-threatening trauma – that is 36 minutes of continued blood loss. What if there was a way to ...

Research Study Helps Improve Feeding Strategies in NICU

You may not realize it, but each time you take a squirt of water from a sports bottle or sip a milkshake through a straw, your body is performing a series of coordinated actions known as suck, swallow and breathe (SSB). In most people—even most newborn babies—this process is managed without much conscious control. However, ...

Research Awards and Honors: July 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. Continue reading to hear from a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, of the Dermatology Department, has received a 2018 Young Investigator Award for basic and ...

Snapshot of Science for July 2018

What’s new in research at Mass General? Here’s a snapshot of studies recently published in top-tier scientific journals: Understanding the biological pathways underlying atrial fibrillation A team led by Patrick Ellinor, MD, PhD, at the Mass General Heart Center conducted a massive genomic analysis for atrial fibrillation (AF) – an irregular and often rapid heart ...

Blueprint Grant Will Help Advance Strategies to Limit Stroke Damage

When it comes to assessing the damage caused by natural disasters, experts often think in terms of primary and secondary effects. A primary effect of a flood, for example, would include the damage to homes and buildings caused by the rushing waters, while a secondary effect would be power outages resulting from downed trees and ...

New Insights Into How Shigella Bacteria Cause Disease

In the battle between bacteria and humans, the best defense may be a good offense. That’s the promising approach being pursued by Cammie Lesser, MD, PhD, a researcher and clinician in the Department of Infectious Disease and a d’Arbeloff MGH Research Scholar at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lesser is using her MGH Research Scholar funding ($500,000 ...

Increasing Advancement Opportunities for Women in Science and Medicine

Despite progress, gender disparities still exist in science and medicine. Recent research has found that women are often offered lower pay and do not receive equal opportunities to advance to leadership positions. Mothers are also at a disadvantage in trying to balance their professional and personal lives. To help address this disparity, Mass General’s Claflin Distinguished ...

Podcast Showcases Mass General Female Leaders

Massachusetts General Hospital recently launched a new podcast called “Charged,” featuring some of the hospital’s leading female voices. The podcast is devoted to showcasing the passion and talent of Mass General staff, while uncovering stories of the relentless daily pursuit to break boundaries and provide exceptional care. In the first episode, Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief, discusses ...

Could There be a Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s Disease?

A new research study from Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, and Robert Moir, PhD, researchers in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has uncovered a Jekyll and Hyde role for a naturally occurring protein in the brain most commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In conjunction with new findings from another research team at Icahn School of ...