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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.

News Releases

1/15/15: Study identifies new targeted treatment strategy for some aggressive cancers Researchers from the MGH Cancer Center and Boston University School of Medicine have identified the first potential treatment targeting a pathway by which several aggressive tumors maintain their ability to proliferate.

1/12/15: Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients A new study from MGH investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain, findings that pave the way for the exploration of potential new treatment strategies and may lead to an objective way of measuring the presence and intensity of pain.

1/06/15: Primary care physicians more likely to recommend careers as nurse practitioners than as physicians While several physician groups have opposed the perceived replacement of physicians with nurse practitioners as primary care clinicians, a recent survey finds that more physicians would recommend that qualified students pursue careers as nurse practitioners than as primary care physicians.

12/29/14: Year of birth significantly changes impact of obesity-associated gene variant Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born. A multi-institutional research team has found that a previously reported correlation between a specific gene variant and the risk of obesity primarily affects those born after 1942.

12/18/14: High socioeconomic status increases perceived discrimination, depression risk in black young adults An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth by increasing the discrimination they experience.

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Media Coverage

01/21/2015: The Science of Near-Death Experiences Chronicle/WCVB-TV, Ch. 5
video report featuring MGH physician Brian Edlow

01/21/2015: Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms? HealthDay News
quotes MGH physician Laura Riley

01/21/2015: Rethinking Our Diagnoses of Mental Disorders New York Times
letter to the editor from MGH physician Joshua Roffman

01/21/2015: Friend: Brigham doc’s murder ‘makes one question fabric of society’ Boston Herald/Boston Herald Radio
article and audio report quoting MGH physician James Januzzi

01/21/2015: Heart surgeon slain by deceased patient's son Boston Herald
quotes MGH physicians Bimalangshu Dey and Paul Biddinger, mentions 2009 incident at MGH

01/21/2015: Overcoming the odds: Jim Egan of Easthampton has his life back after unlikely kidney transplant Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.)
article on patient treated at MGH, quotes physician Eliot Heher

01/21/2015: Autism & Probiotics: ‘Office Hours’ with GI Specialist Tim Buie Autism Speaks
video report featuring MGHfC physician