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MGH Diabetes Quest Takes A Big Step

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, has made a promising advance in her 20-year quest to cure type 1 diabetes by receiving FDA approval to test an old tuberculosis vaccine that may also treat diabetes. READ MORE

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Reflections of Science

Afternoon clouds and surrounding buildings are reflected in the mirrored windows of the Richard B. Simches Research Building at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Simches building is home to five thematic research centers, including: The Center for Systems Biology The Center for Human Genetic Research The Center for Regenerative Medicine The Center for Computational and Integrative […]

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Mass General Research Study Suggests Active Physician Interventions Can Improve Quit Rates for Long Term Smokers

(Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) A new Mass General research study suggests that physicians who take a more active role in connecting high-risk, longtime smokers with resources to help them quit can significantly improve their patients’ success at becoming smoke-free. The study found that patients who receive annual lung cancer screenings due to high-risk smoking (averaging […]

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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 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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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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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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