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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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10/29/14: Rolling back school nutrition standards would threaten progress against childhood obesity Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write two MassGeneral Hospital for Children-affiliated pediatricians in an article that will appear in the November 13 New England Journal of Medicine.

10/29/14: Study identifies potential treatment target for cocaine addiction Investigators from MGH and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Their study finds evidence that a small change in an important protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of drug abstinence.

10/27/14: Can statin treatment cut cardiovascular risk in HIV-infected patients? A nationwide study based at MGH will investigate, for the first time, whether treatment with a statin drug can reduce the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.

10/27/14: PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function MGH investigators have identified changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy and found evidence that metabolism in a different structure might predict which patients are likely to respond to that form of therapy.

10/17/14: Study finds inconsistent achievement of guidelines for acute asthma care in hospital EDs A study comparing the care delivered to patients coming to hospital emergency departments for acute asthma attacks in recent years with data gathered more than 15 years earlier finds that, while achievement of most guidelines defining appropriate pharmacologic treatments for particular patients improved, hospitals did less well in meeting several other guidelines.

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