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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

8/24/15: Stem-cell-based therapy promising for treatment of breast cancer metastases in the brain Investigators from MGH and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have developed an imageable mouse model of brain-metastatic breast cancer and shown the potential of a stem-cell-based therapy to eliminate metastatic cells from the brain and prolong survival.

8/20/15: Two tested approaches to treating childhood obesity appear effective An MGHfC study of two protocols for the treatment of childhood obesity finds that both were successful in limiting one-year weight gain in obese children. Both interventions use information technology to provide clinicians with up-to-date obesity management guidelines and tools to help families manage behaviors related to obesity and fitness.

4/20/15: Decreased red blood cell clearance appears to predict development and worsening of serious diseases MGH investigators have found the probable mechanism underlying a previously described biomarker associated with the risk of developing serious diseases ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease and the risk of serious complications.

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.

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Media Coverage

04/24/2015: MGH Doctor On ‘Time 100′ List For Alzheimer’s Research (video) – WBZ-TV/Channel 4
coverage of MGH investigator Rudolph Tanzi

04/24/2015: Soon, Your Doctor Could Print a Human Organ on Demand Smithsonian Magazine
quotes MGH investigator David Scadden

04/24/2015: How Transgender Surgery And Hormones Affect The Body Yahoo! News
article quotes MGH physician Alex Keuroghlian

04/24/2015: Health benefits of meditation Calveras (Calif.) Enterprise
quotes MGH psychologist Sara Lazar, mentions studies conducted at MGH-based Benson-Henry Institute

04/24/2015: Tsarnaev jurors watch boy’s final moments Boston Herald
quotes MGH physician David King

04/23/2015: Creative Minds: Opening a Window on Alzheimer’s Before It Strikes NIH Director’s Blog
blog entry focusing on MGH investigator Yakeel Quiroz

04/23/2015: How Apple is building an ecosystem for your body
article featuring MGH physician Stanley Shaw