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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

07/18/2014: FDA Investigates Safety Of Spray-On Sunscreen WBZ-TV, Ch. 5
video report by MGH physician Mallika Marshall includes comments from MGHfC physician Bernard Kinane

07/18/2014: Probiotics' Future: 3 Promising Research Areas Live
quotes MGHfC physician Allan Walker

07/18/2014: Mass. General scientist mourns death of AIDS pioneer Boston Globe
quotes MGH physician Martin Hirsch

07/18/2014: Judge grants Coakley’s request for delay in Partners antitrust settlement Boston Globe

07/18/2014: AG gets partners deal delay Boston Herald

07/18/2014: New Concerns About Coakley-Partners Deal CommonHealth/

07/18/2014: Fenway Park run hits home for Central Mass. veterans' families Worcester Telegram & Gazette
coverage of event benefiting Red Sox Foundation/MGH Home Base Program