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Hospital ratings on social media appear to reflect quality of care

Social media has become an important way for institutions to communicate – both sending messages and receiving feedback – with clients and with the general public. A new study from MGH investigators finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook’s five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care. Read more.

News Releases

4/13/15: Smartphone-based device could provide rapid, low-cost molecular tumor diagnosis A device developed by MGH investigators may bring rapid, accurate molecular diagnosis of tumors and other diseases to locations lacking the latest medical technology.

4/06/2015: Study identifies protein that triggers lupus-associated immune system activation MGH investigators have found a potential new treatment target for the autoimmune disorder lupus – an immune system protein that activates a molecular pathway known to be associated with the disorder.

3/25/15: Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic While the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.

3/17/15: Genetic background determines whether aspirin/NSAIDS will reduce colorectal cancer risk An analysis of genetic and lifestyle data from 10 large epidemiologic studies confirmed that regular use of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in most individuals. The study also found that a few individuals with rare genetic variants do not share this benefit.

3/13/15: Bariatric surgery appears to cut risks for serious asthma-related events A study led by MGH investigators suggests that bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of asthma attacks – also called exacerbations – in obese patients with asthma.

3/12/15: Inflammatory factor IL-3 may play essential role in development of sepsis A new study finds that Interleukin-3, an inflammatory factor most associated with allergic reactions, appears to have an important role in the overwhelming, life-threatening immune reaction called sepsis.

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