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Harold J. DeMonaco is the Assistant Chief Medical Office for Care Transitions at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a long-time contributor to HealthNewsReview.org. It is always interesting to see how the results of a well-designed and important study can get distorted as they flow through the media. Show More Summary

Paying patients for their engagement

A couple of years ago, my clinical practice (Dermatology Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital) began sending patients a bill when they did not show up for an appointment. Dentists do this with some frequency, but it’s unusual for a physician practice to do it. Our reasoning was that we have many folks who insist they […]

Sam Smith undergoes successful vocal cord surgery in Boston

Grammy Award-winner Sam Smith has undergone successful vocal cord surgery at a Boston hospital. Massachusetts General Hospital said in a statement Tuesday - the singer's 23rd birthday - that he is expected to make a full recovery. The surgery to stop recurrent vocal cord bleeding was performed by Dr. Show More Summary

Rethinking Antidepressants and Birth Defects

Ruta Nonacs, PhD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health posted a very important blog post yesterday regarding a large new study regarding SSRI’s and venlafaxine. The study focused on children in five Nordic countries and their exposure to any SSRI and venlafaxine. Show More Summary

Massachusetts General Unveils Smartphone Device for Diagnosing Cancer

A team from Massachusetts General Hospital has developed new technology that converts a smartphone into a tool for cancer diagnosis. The approach, called D3 (digital diffraction diagnosis), consists of a dongle that sits on top of the...Show More Summary

Mood, Anxiety Disorders Common in Tourette Patients, Emerge at a Young Age

A new study of Tourette syndrome led by researchers from UC San Francisco and Massachusetts General Hospital has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses.

How Bad Is Marijuana for Your Health?

The Journal of Neuroscience recently published a study linking recreational marijuana use to subtle changes in brain structure. The researchers, led by Jodi Gilman of Massachusetts General Hospital, identified increased gray matter density in the left nucleus accumbens and some bordering areas. Show More Summary

February 26, 2015: 6th Annual Run to Home Base Slated for July 25th

Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli and team Chairman Tom Werner joined leaders from the Red Sox Foundation, New Balance and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, runners, Veterans and their Families at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers yesterday to announce July 25th as the date for this year’s run and commemorate New […]

Eliminate the Choice Between Food or Medicine

Co-authored by David B. Waters CEO of Community Servings and Dr. Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, an internist and faculty member at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Hi-tech medical treatment can be complicated and...Show More Summary

New method identifies genome-wide off-target cleavage sites of CRISPR-Cas nucleases

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have developed a method of detecting, across the entire genome of human cells, unwanted DNA breaks induced by use of the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases (RGNs). Show More Summary

After prostate cancer treatment: What about intimacy for men?

I had just started the sexual health clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) when I was approached to meet with a group of prostate cancer survivors. I was hesitant at first — my interests were in female cancer survivors who had experienced sexual dysfunction. This was partly because I had assumed men had an easier […]

Targeting mitochondrial enzyme may reduce chemotherapy drug's cardiac side effects

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have identified two compounds that appear, in cellular and animal models, to block the cardiac damage caused by the important chemotherapy drug doxorubicin. Their report in the Dec.Show More Summary

Altered movement of white blood cells may predict sepsis in patients with major burns

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of the dangerous systemic infection sepsis in patients with serious burns. In their report in the open-access...Show More Summary

A pill for obesity?

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital have taken what they are describing as "the first step toward a pill that can replace the treadmill" for the control of obesity - though it of course would not provide all the additional benefits of exercise. read more

Boston has a suspected Ebola case

Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday that it is treating an unidentified patient who may have Ebola, in "specially prepared area within the hospital." The patent is in stable condition and fine spirits, Mass General's director of emergency preparedness, Dr. Show More Summary

Boston Hospital Treating Possible Ebola Patient

An individual meeting the CDC definition of a “person under investigation” of having the ebola virus is being treated at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital according to Public Affairs Officer Noah Brown. Director Of Emergency Preparedness at MGH, Dr. Show More Summary

Ebola In Boston: Possible Ebola Patient Being Treated At Mass General Hospital [Breaking]

A possible Ebola patient is being treated at a Boston hospital tonight. According to Boston.com, Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement saying that they admitted a patient who is believed to have contracted the deadly virus. Show More Summary

Massachusetts hospital says treating possible Ebola patient

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts General Hospital admitted a patient possibly exposed to the Ebola virus on Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, is being treated in a "specially prepared area within the hospital," Mass General said, noted that the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. Show More Summary

Single molecular switch may contribute to major aging-related diseases

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer's disease. In their...Show More Summary

Harvard researchers genetically 'edit' human blood stem cells

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Massachusetts General (MGH) and Boston Children's hospitals (BCH) for the first time have used a relatively new gene-editing technique to create what could prove to be an effective technique...Show More Summary

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