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Study suggests neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship

How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? A small study from a group of MGH researchers contributes to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.. Read more.

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11/20/14: Mass. General-developed system reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep MGH investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques.

11/20/14: Mass. General Hospital’s Warren Triennial Prize to honor Bert Vogelstein, MD The 2014 Warren Triennial Prize of Massachusetts General Hospital will be awarded to Bert Vogelstein, MD, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

11/19/14: Residential treatment may be first-line option for opioid-dependent young adults An MGH study has found that a month-long, 12-step-based residential program linked to community-based follow-up care, enabled almost 30 percent of opioid-dependent participants to remain abstinent a year later. Previous research revealed that 83 percent of those who entered an office-based opioid treatment program had dropped out a year later.

11/13/14: Direct drug screening of patient biopsies could overcome resistance to targeted therapy A new screening platform using cells grown directly from tumor biopsy samples may lead to truly individualized treatment strategies that would get around the problem of treatment resistance, which limits the effectiveness of current targeted therapy drugs.

11/12/14: Defective NPC1L1 gene found to protect against heart disease By combing through the DNA of more than 100,000 people, researchers at Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and elsewhere have identified rare, protective genetic mutations that lower the levels of LDL cholesterol — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — in the blood.

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