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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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11/20/14: Mass. General-developed system reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep MGH investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques.

11/20/14: Mass. General Hospital’s Warren Triennial Prize to honor Bert Vogelstein, MD The 2014 Warren Triennial Prize of Massachusetts General Hospital will be awarded to Bert Vogelstein, MD, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

11/19/14: Residential treatment may be first-line option for opioid-dependent young adults An MGH study has found that a month-long, 12-step-based residential program linked to community-based follow-up care, enabled almost 30 percent of opioid-dependent participants to remain abstinent a year later. Previous research revealed that 83 percent of those who entered an office-based opioid treatment program had dropped out a year later.

11/13/14: Direct drug screening of patient biopsies could overcome resistance to targeted therapy A new screening platform using cells grown directly from tumor biopsy samples may lead to truly individualized treatment strategies that would get around the problem of treatment resistance, which limits the effectiveness of current targeted therapy drugs.

11/12/14: Defective NPC1L1 gene found to protect against heart disease By combing through the DNA of more than 100,000 people, researchers at Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and elsewhere have identified rare, protective genetic mutations that lower the levels of LDL cholesterol — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — in the blood.

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Media Coverage

11/26/2014: Celiac Later in Life: Can You Become Gluten Intolerant? Everyday Health
article quotes MGH physician Alessio Fasano

11/25/2014: Compassion in the corner office Boston Globe
column quotes MGH-affiliated physician James O’Connell

11/25/2014: FDA stops short of ban on fibroid removal tool Boston Globe
quotes MGH physician Isaac Schiff

11/25/2014: Merck physician helps assess needs in Ebola crisis Philadelphia Inquirer
mentions participation of MGH nurse Grace Deveney in Project Hope team traveling to West Africa

11/24/2014: ‘Vladimir Pootin’ To Poop Pills: Saga Of First Stool Bank Goes On CommonHealth/
article mentions study led by MGH investigators Elizabeth Hohmann and Ilan Youngster

11/24/2014: When the Heart Stops Beating, Advanced Care Might Not Be Better TIME
coverage of study co-authored by MGH investigator Anupam Bapu Jena

11/24/2014: Study shows health Insurance access didn't improve chronic conditions Boston Business Journal
coverage of study led by MGH investigator Tomasz Stryjewski