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"Traffic light" food labels, prominent positioning of healthy items produce lasting purchase choice changes

The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria. Read more.

Photo Credit: MGH Nutrition and Food Services

News Releases

4/24/14: Use of frozen material for fecal transplant successful in treating C. difficile infection A pilot study by Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may lead to greater availability and acceptability of an unusual treatment for a serious medical problem – use of fecal material from healthy donors to treat recurrent diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria.

4/23/14: Study Shows Aspirin Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risks for Those with Specific Gene Researchers from MGH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine have shown that aspirin’s previous reported ability to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer applies only to individuals with high levels of a specific gene product in their colons.

4/21/14: Fast, simple-to-use assay reveals the ‘family tree’ of cancer metastases A simple assay developed by an MGH research team can reveal the evolutionary relationships among various tumor sites within a patient, information that may someday help with treatment planning.

4/15/14: Casual marijuana use changes brain structures involved in reward, emotion and motivation Even casual use of marijuana appears to cause significant structural changes in key brain structures of young adults, a new study finds. Researchers from MGH and Northwestern University have found differences between casual users of marijuana and non-users in the size, shape, and structure of brain regions involved with motivation, emotion and reward.

4/4/14: Long-term study supports detrimental effects of television viewing on sleep in young children A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration.

4/10/14: Researchers identify transcription factors distinguishing glioblastoma stem cells The activity of four transcription factors appears to distinguish the small proportion of glioblastoma cells responsible for the aggressiveness and treatment resistance of the deadly brain tumor. The findings identify molecular circuits that may be targeted by new therapeutic approaches.

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Media Coverage

04/15/2014: MGH doctor: Our job today is to remember the victims NECN
video report featuring MGH physician David King

04/15/2014: Around the city, a pause to remember and honor Boston Globe
describes MGH Chaplaincy service, quotes chaplain Katrina Scott

04/15/2014: Live Coverage on the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings The Lede/New York Times Online
includes link to video of MGH first responders

04/15/2014: MGH remembers Boston Marathon bombings (video) – BostonGlobe.com
video of service led by John Polk of MGH Chaplaincy, includes comments from chief nurse Jeanette Ives Erickson

04/15/2014: Boston Hospitals Reflect With Pride On Marathon Bombing Response CommonHealth/WBUR.org
quotes MGH emergency preparedness director David Reisman, ED nursing director Maryfran Hughes, physicians David King and Paul Biddinger

04/15/2014: Broadside: Mass. General SVP reflects on bombing NECN
video interview with MGH senior vice president Ann Prestipino

04/15/2014: For a Boston surgeon and marathoner, this year's race is a chance to move on The World/Public Radio International
interview with MGH physician David King