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Chronic insufficient sleep increases obesity, overall body fat in children

One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7. Read more.

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News Releases

7/19/14: Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients also may reduce fat in liver The only drug to receive FDA approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease in such patients.

7/10/14: Cultured circulating tumor cells reveal genetic profile, potential drug susceptibility of breast cancer cells Circulating tumor cells captured with a microchip-based device developed at the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and the MGH Cancer Center can be cultured to establish cell lines that accurately reflect a tumor’s genetic mutation over time and changing susceptibility to therapeutic drugs.

7/08/14: Siblings may have a greater influence than parents on a child’s obesity risk A report led by an investigator at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH finds that the risk associated with having an obese sibling is more than twice as great as that of having an obese parent and is even stronger among siblings of the same gender.

6/30/14: Studies provide important new information on genetic risk of sudden cardiac death Two international research studies, both led by investigators affiliated with MGH and the Broad Institute, have uncovered new information about genes that may increase the risk of serious cardiac arrhythmias.

6/29/19: Mass. General-developed protocol could greatly extend preservation of donor livers A system developed by investigators at the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine allowed successful transplantation of rat livers after preservation for as long as four days, more than tripling the length of time organs currently can be preserved.

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Media Coverage

07/11/2014: Partners CEO needs calluses for criticism Boston Globe
column profiling Partners CEO Gary Gottlieb

07/11/2014: Editorial: The Times has spoken Boston Herald
coverage of New York Times editorial on Partners

07/11/2014: Rare tumor cells in blood can aid cancer care, study shows Boston Globe
coverage of study led by MGH investigators Daniel Haber and Shyamala Maheswaran

07/11/2014: A Laboratory for Rare Cells Sheds Light on Cancer Technology Review

07/11/2014: MGH Researchers Discover UV Radiation May Be Addictive WBZ-TV, Ch. 4
report by MGH physician Mallika Marshall on study led by investigator David Fisher

07/11/2014: Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer's? Check Your Eyes NBC News
coverage of meeting presentation on study conducted at MGH

07/11/2014: No agreement on whether FDA should ban hysterectomy tool Boston Globe
mentions MGH among local hospital that have banned procedure