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.
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.
12/16/14: New method identifies genome-wide off-target cleavage sites of CRISPR-Cas nucleases MGH investigators have developed a method of detecting, across the entire genome of human cells, unwanted DNA breaks induced by use of the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases.
12/16/14: Single genetic abnormality accelerates, removes the brakes on Ewing sarcoma tumor growth The genetic abnormality that drives the bone cancer Ewing sarcoma operates through two distinct processes – both activating genes that stimulate tumor growth and suppressing those that should keep cancer from developing.
12/10/14: Targeting mitochondrial enzyme may reduce chemotherapy drug’s cardiac side effects MGH investigators have identified two compounds that appear, in cellular and animal models, to block the cardiac damage caused by the important chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.
12/09/14: Long-term results confirm success of MGH-developed laser treatment for vocal-cord cancer The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at MGH and previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients’ tumors while avoiding the damage to vocal quality caused by conventional treatments.
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12/05/2014: Mutation puts a strain on flu fight
quotes MGH physician Martin Hirsch
12/05/2014: New Pro-Circumcision Guidelines: Cutting Comments, Adolescent Choice
quotes MGH physician Marvin Wang
12/05/2014: Patient is released after being checked for Ebola at MGH
quotes message from MGH chief nurse Jeanette Ives Erickson
12/05/2014: Suspected Ebola patient cleared of disease, released from Mass General
Boston Business Journal
12/05/2014: MGH Patient Monitored For Possible Ebola ‘Cleared Medically,’ Discharged
12/04/2014: Massachusetts General Hospital spent $1 million preparing for Ebola
Boston Business Journal
quotes MGH physician Paul Biddinger
12/04/2014: Mass. DPH eyeing dozens for Ebola
lists MGH as a potential designated treatment center for Ebola