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Bruce J. Hillman Fellowship Recipients Gain Insight in Scholarly Publishing

H. Benjamin Harvey, MD, JD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and Courtney C. Moreno, MD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, are recipients of the American College of Radiology (ACR) 2016 Bruce J. Hillman Fellowship in Scholarly Publishing.

Sports News in Brief: Bill Belichick Visits Hospital To Watch Terminally Ill Fan Die

2 weeks agoHumor : The Onion

BOSTON—Stressing the importance of taking time to make such trips to local medical centers, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly visited Massachusetts General Hospital Thursday to watch terminally ill fan Brian Keller die. Show More Summary

I Thought My Ivy League Degrees Would Protect Me From Bigotry. I Was Wrong.

Recently, the wife of a prominent Boston businessman -- one of my many wealthy, white patients at Massachusetts General Hospital -- greeted me this way: "So what foreign medical school did you go to anyway?" For background, I'm a petite,...Show More Summary

Would You Take Poop Pills If They Made You Thin?

3 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

Weight-loss treatments of the future might involve just a little bit of poop — at least, if an upcoming study from Massachusetts General Hospital goes well. Researchers will soon recruit subjects for a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial where they'll transfer fecal microbiota from thin people to overweight people. Existing research supports... More »

Study finds how diabetes drug metformin inhibits progression of pancreatic cancer

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the diabetes drug metformin to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. In their report that has been published in the...Show More Summary

Doctors want to cure obesity with freeze-dried fecal pills

As gross as it may sound, popping freeze-dried fecal pills might one day cure obesity and you might be instructed to take them to lose weight. In fact, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will test these freeze-dried fecial pills on 20 obese patients, Quartz reports. Show More Summary

Early weight loss in Parkinson's disease patients may signify more serious form of disease

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease and more rapid disease progression. While weight loss is common in Parkinson's...Show More Summary

Massachusetts General Hospital Develops Improved CRISPR

A new engineered version of the gene-editing CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease appears to robustly abolish the unwanted, off-target DNA breaks that are a significant current limitation of the technology, reducing them to undetectable levels. In their...Show More Summary

Genome misfolding unearthed as new path to cancer

In a landmark study, researchers from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital reveal a completely new biological mechanism that underlies cancer. By studying brain tumors that carry mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) genes, the team uncovered some unusual changes in the instructions for how the genome folds up on itself. Show More Summary

Economic opportunity may have a significant effect on health behaviors and risks

A new study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found evidence that economic opportunity - the prospect that individuals may be able to improve their economic status - may have important effects on the health of a community. Show More Summary

The bionic pancreas: harbinger of a new era in organ replacement?

A bionic pancreas is being developed by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University, with the goal of winning FDA approval. If it succeeds, this will likely be the first bionic organ to see widespread adoption.

Mass. General study identifies potential treatment target for IDH1-mutant cancers

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research team has identified a potential new treatment target for tumors - including a significant percentage of malignant brain tumors - driven by mutations in an important metabolic enzyme. Show More Summary

Mass. General study examines how patient's unmet needs impact their health and health care

A study of patients seen at two primary care practices at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has identified specific unmet socioeconomic needs that can interfere with the quality of care patients receive. In their report publishedShow More Summary

Targeted treatment produces rapid shrinkage of recurrent, BRAF-mutant brain tumor

A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has reported the first successful use of a targeted therapy drug to treat a patient with a debilitating, recurrent brain tumor. In a paper published online in the Journal...Show More Summary

MRI-based screening improves assignment of stroke patients to endovascular treatment

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-- developed system for determining which patients with severe strokes are most likely to benefit from catheter-based systems for blood clot removal led to a greater percentage of screened patients receiving treatment and to outcomes similar to recent studies that found significant treatment benefits. read more

MGH team broadens utility of more compact CRISPR-Cas9 by increasing its targeting range

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has shown that a method they developed to improve the usefulness and precision of the most common form of the gene-editing tools CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases can be applied to Cas9 enzymes from other bacterial sources. read more

Antiangiogenic breast cancer treatment may benefit only patients with well-perfused tumors

A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team, in collaboration with investigators at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, may have found a reason why the use of antiangiogenesis drugs - which has improved outcomes for patients with several types of cancer - fails to benefit some breast cancer patients. Show More Summary

Are embryonic stem cells and artificial stem cells equivalent?

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found new evidence suggesting some human induced pluripotent stem cells are the 'functional equivalent' of human embryonic stem cells, a finding that may begin to settle a long running argument. The findings were published this week in Nature Biotechnology. read more

Researchers use ultrasound waves to improve GI tract drug delivery

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A team of researchers has successfully used ultrasound waves to speed up drug delivery to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The study was conducted by researchers from MIT and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the resulting...Show More Summary

Four microRNAs identified as playing key roles in cholesterol, lipid metabolism

Four tiny segments of RNA appear to play critical roles in controlling cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism. In their report receiving advance online publication in Nature Medicine, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based research...Show More Summary

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