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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

07/07/2014: Doctors ordering kids to get outside Boston Globe
quotes MGHfC physician Christina Scirica

07/07/2014: How Technology Can Help And Hinder Kids Greater Boston/WGBH-TV, Ch. 2
video report featuring MGH physician Steven Schlozman

07/07/2014: The Risks of Hospital Mergers New York Times
editorial discusses formation and impact of Partners, current interactions with state Attorney General’s office

07/07/2014: NY Times Sees Partners Merger As Cautionary Tale For Obamacare Era CommonHealth/
blog entry on Times editorial

07/05/2014: Managing pain without painkillers Boston Globe
mentions mid-20th century research of MGH physician Henry Beecher

07/05/2014: Fireman dream made a reality Boston Herald
coverage related to MGHfC Cancer Center patient

07/05/2014: Feds step up move for access to Narcan Gloucester Times
mentions program administered through MGH