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Nanodiamond-enhanced MRI offers greater range of diagnostic and therapeutic applications

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has devised a means of noninvasively tracking nanodiamonds with magnetic resonance imaging, opening up a host of new applications.

Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage in mouse models

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that an intestinal enzyme previously shown to keep bacterial toxins from passing from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream may be able to prevent or reduce the liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption.

Effects of alcoholism on the brain's reward system may be different in women than in men

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A collaborative study between researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine has found evidence implying that alcoholism may have different effects on the reward system in the brains of women than it does in men.

Pretreatment HIV, immune activation levels determine their persistence during treatment

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital investigator finds that pretreatment levels of HIV and immune activation appear to determine the extent to which viral levels and inflammation persist during antiretroviral treatment.

Mass. General researchers provide evidence linking 'leaky gut' to chronic inflammation

(Massachusetts General Hospital) With the help of genetically engineered mice, scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital are moving closer to establishing the role that increased intestinal permeability, sometimes called a 'leaky gut,' plays in chronic inflammatory conditions.

Dr. Faustman’s Type 1 Reversal Trial Seeks More Participants

Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Immunobiology Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was interviewed by Diabetes Daily about 9 years ago when she was about to begin human clinical trials based on the results from her successful mice-curing BCG vaccine. Mice are certainly cured […]

American Thyroid Association Awards Research Grant to Viswanath Gunda, Ph.D, Massachusetts General Hospital

Viswanath Gunda, Ph.D., is the recipient of a 2016 American Thyroid Association (ATA) ThyCa Research Grant for his project entitled "Combining Immune Checkpoints Inhibitors with BRAF Targeted Therapy in Thyroid Cancer." Dr. Gunda is an Instructor in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals detailed composition of two major types of brain tumor

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Detailed analysis of two brain tumor subtypes by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has revealed that they may originate from the same type of neural progenitor cells and be distinguished by gene mutation patterns and by the composition of their microenvironments.

Software-based system improves the ability to determine the cause of ischemic stroke

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have developed a software package that provides evidence-based, automated support for diagnosing the cause of stroke.

Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A Massachusetts General Hospital study has found that US youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death.

Smartphone-based device measures mens' fertility

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Thanks to research being conducted at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, men may soon be able to perform full fertility tests in their own homes. Led by Manoj Kanakasabapathy and Hadi...Show More Summary

Mass. General team identifies mechanisms behind resistance to FGFR inhibitor drug

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center have identified the first genetic mechanisms conferring acquired resistance to a promising group of targeted cancer drugs.

'Dreamers' policy may have reduced depression in eligible individuals

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program appears to have reduced depressionShow More Summary

Finding positive in the negative

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A clinical trial of an antibody-drug conjugate that combines the active portion of a chemotherapy drug with an antibody targeting a molecule expressed on tumor cells appears promising for the treatment of metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.

Poor sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood.

Broadly adopted transfusion practice may not benefit patients without traumatic injury

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A study from investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital finds that a blood transfusion practice previously studied only in patients with severe traumatic injuries has been widely adopted within the hospital for surgical patients without traumatic injuries, for whom it may not be beneficial.

Skin testing, computerized support tool can improve antibiotic use in hospital inpatients

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital investigators have developed two approaches to increasing the use of penicillins and cephalosporins -- highly effective antibiotics that are not as problematic as many alternatives -- in hospitalized patients previously believed to be allergic to penicillin.

Who Knew? Medical Marijuana Works (at least for chronic pain)

Dean Hashimoto, MD, JD, is a highly-respected researcher and teacher, practicing at Massachusetts’s Partners Health Care (think Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital) and teaching at Boston College Law School. Today, at WCRI’s Annual...Show More Summary

'Red hair' gene variant may underlie association between melanoma and Parkinson's disease

(Massachusetts General Hospital) Massachusetts General Hospital investigators find that a gene variant that produces red hair and fair skin in humans and in mice, which increases the risk of the dangerous skin cancer melanoma, may also contribute to the known association between melanoma and Parkinson's disease.

Acupuncture improves outcomes in carpal tunnel syndrome in part by remapping the brain

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital sheds new light on the question of how acupuncture relieves symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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