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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

Thrust Upon Me: My Personal Experience With the Ebola Response in Liberia

I returned to Liberia in April of this year, after a one year absence, with a team from the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, to conduct a rapid assessment of Mental Health services and interventions in New Kru Town, a drug infested ghetto outlying Monrovia. Show More Summary

Thrust Upon Me: My Personal Experience With the Ebola Response in Liberia

I returned to Liberia in April of this year, after a one year absence, with a team from the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, to conduct a rapid assessment of Mental Health services and interventions in New Kru Town, a drug infested ghetto outlying Monrovia. Show More Summary

Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value...Show More Summary

Popping Frozen Poop Pills Can Stave Off Dangerous Bacterial Infections

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Fecal transplants are an effective way to combat C. difficile infections, but they're typically delivered by enema or a tube down the digestive system. Not pleasant. But thankfully, scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital have now made the healing powers of poop available in pill form. Read more...

This is your brain on dogs

Many dog owners feel like their pets are like their children — and your brain seems to think so, too. In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital investigated differences in brain activity when women volunteers viewed pictures of their dogs, their children, and unfamiliar dogs and children. Show More Summary

You really do love your dog like it’s a baby

2 months agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists have validated what you already knew: The love you feel for your pup can be downright maternal. In a small brain-imaging study published in PLOS ONE, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers had women look at pictures of their young children and their dogs — as well as unfamiliar babies and dogs. Read full article >>

‘My Dog Is My Child’ – Researchers Examined Maternal Bond Between Women And Their Dogs

Many women claim that they love their dogs as if they were their children, and researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital put the claims of maternal bond to the test. Science Daily explained that it has become common for people to...Show More Summary

MIT pioneers drug delivery system with the potential to replace injections

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

MIT, working together with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has pioneered a method of drug distribution with the potential to dispense with traditional subcutaneous injections. The system uses a small capsule coated with microneedles...Show More Summary

Falling asleep: Revealing the point of transition

How can we tell when someone has fallen asleep? To answer this question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new statistical method and behavioural task to track the dynamic process of falling asleep. Dr Michael...Show More Summary

Scared of needles? Try swallowing them

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

If you're one of the many who fear needles, you might be in luck. Researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital are working on an oral alternative to injections, and it involves the use of a capsule. On the pill's surface, tiny needles inject...

Would You Swallow a Pill Covered in Needles Instead of Getting a Shot?

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

After the first shudder, it sounds even more terrifying: a pill coated with tiny needles that injects you from the inside of your intestine. But the scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital who developed the capsule say that these swallowable microneedles could be a new (and painless!) way to deliver drugs. No more shots! Read more...

Don’t like needles? Futuristic new pill could inject drugs directly into your gut

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have designed a capsule that can deliver drugs more efficiently and effectively than injections under the skin — by injecting the drug directly into the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI)...

Yes, We Have a Culture of Death

According to research reviewed by board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko, it is estimated that 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome abort their baby. World famous atheist proselytizer, Oxford Professor, Richard Dawkins, made headlines when he called it […]

Study: You can make yourself like healthy food

A new study suggests that you can make yourself like healthy food, if you can put up with forcing yourself to eat it for a while. In the study, released Monday, researchers at Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital found that adults who changed their eating habits could eventually change their food preferences. Show More Summary

Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy Has Been Linked to ADHD Risk?

Post by Jodi Meltzer. Pregnant moms battling depression... take a deep breath. According to a new Massachusetts General Hospital study, the increased autism risk associated with antidepressant use is likely due to the depression not the drugs. Show More Summary

Cripple A Gene For A Longer Life?

3 months agoOdd : FuturePundit

Cripple a gene for longer life? Cambridge, Mass. Wed. June 18, 2014 ? By scouring the DNA of thousands of patients, researchers at the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and their colleagues have discovered four rare gene...Show More Summary

Massachussetts General-developed device monitors key step in development of tumor metastases

A microfluidic device developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may help study key steps in the process by which cancer cells break off from a primary tumor to invade other tissues and form metastases. In their report published...Show More Summary

Conversations from AIDS 2014: Practitioner Bisola Ojikutu, M.D., MPH

At the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Bisola O. Ojikutu, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Senior Advisor at JSI, and asked her to offer her reflections on some of the key ideas she’s heard at the conference. Among...

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