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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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10/17/14: 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.

10/15/14: MGH and MIT form strategic partnership to address major challenges in clinical medicine A novel partnership between MGH and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is addressing three major challenges in clinical medicine – improving the diagnosis of disease, developing new approaches to prevent and treat infectious and autoimmune diseases, and developing more accurate methods of diagnosing and treating major neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

10/13/14: Chemical present in broccoli, other vegetables may improve autism symptoms A small study led by investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found evidence that daily treatment with sulforaphane – a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.

10/12/14: Novel culture system replicates course of Alzheimer’s disease, confirms amyloid hypothesis An innovative system has succeeded, for the first time, in reproducing the full course of events underlying Alzheimer’s disease development. Using this system, MGH investigators provide the first clear evidence supporting the hypothesis that deposition of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a cascade leading to the devastating neurodegenerative disease.

10/11/14: Oral capsule as effective as invasive procedures for delivery of fecal transplant A noninvasive method of delivering a promising therapy for persistent C. difficile infection appears to be as effective as treatment via colonoscopy or through a nasogastric tube.

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