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5 Health Benefits of Meditation Backed by Scientists at Mass General

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to achieve a state of calmness and clarity. While it was commonly associated with certain religious practices, it has made its way into everyday Western culture, with increasing amounts of research showing it has several positive health benefits. Herbert Benson, MD, is an internationally […]

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How We Talk to Children About Obesity Can Make a Big Difference

Obesity has become one of the most talked-about health issues but, ironically, we still haven’t mastered how to talk about it yet. With all the stigma surrounding the words like fat and obese, discussing weight issues can be tough for both people experiencing it, and physicians trying to address it. Medical experts say stigma can […]

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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 […]

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Weekend Links – Our Favorite Science Stories from the Web This Week

It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them – A profile of Mass General neurologist and researcher Alice Flaherty, MD, PhD. Common Drugs May Be Contributing to Depression – Could common prescription medications be contributing to depression and rising suicide rates? Over one-third of Americans take at least […]

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Weekend Links: Our Favorite Science Stories From Across the Web

We’ve hand-picked a mix of research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment.

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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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New Study Demonstrates the Benefits of Tai Chi in Chinese Americans Suffering From Depression

Summary: Tai chi has been found to be an effective and culturally acceptable treatment method for reducing symptoms of depression in Chinese Americans. Mental illnesses such as depression are often associated with negative attitudes and beliefs. Previous research has found that these feelings of shame and discrimination are especially severe in the Chinese American community. […]

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Identifying Risky Behaviors for Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental illness and related issues. Suicide is the tenth highest cause of death in the United States, and the rate remained roughly steady across the population for the last century, before rising somewhat during the last few decades. Read how Mass General researcher Matthew […]

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Adhering to Treatment During Adolescence Keeps HIV-Positive Youth on Healthier Track

As HIV therapies have improved in recent decades, we are now seeing the first generation of youth who were born with the disease, or acquired it shortly after birth, live to adulthood.

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The Secret to a Healthier, Happier Life is Priceless, According to Harvard Study

We’ve all been told that certain habits, like eating a well-balanced diet or getting enough sleep, are beneficial for our long-term health. But how do our relationships with others impact our overall well-being? A nearly 80-year-old Harvard study has some good news for social butterflies. “Our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships […]

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