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Computerized vital signs analysis may help prevent trauma patients from bleeding to death

A team led by investigators from MGH and the U.S. Army successfully field tested a system that analyzed patient vital signs during emergency transport in a fully automated fashion, finding that such a system could diagnose those with life-threatening bleeding before they arrive at the hospital, potentially saving lives. Read more.

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5/19/15: Bacterial communities of the female genital tract have an impact on inflammation, HIV risk A team led by researchers from MGH and the Ragon Institute has found that the most common bacterial community in the genital tract among healthy South Africa women is significantly different from that of women in developed countries and also leads to elevated inflammatory proteins, which could increase the risk of HIV infection.

5/19/15: Study reveals intestinal bacteria succession during recovery from cholera in Bangladesh A new study delineates a sequential pattern of changes in the intestinal microbial population of patients recovering from cholera in Bangladesh, findings that may point to ways of speeding recovery from the dangerous diarrheal disease.

5/18/15: New device successfully captures metastasis-associated circulating tumor cell clusters The latest version of a microfluidic device for capturing rare circulating tumor cells is the first designed specifically to capture clusters of two or more cells, rather than single cells. Recent studies by MGH investigators and others have suggested that CTC clusters are significantly more likely to cause metastases than single circulating tumor cells.

5/14/15: Computerized vital signs analysis may help prevent trauma patients from bleeding to death A team led by investigators from MGH and the U.S. Army successfully field tested a system that analyzed patient vital signs during emergency transport in a fully automated fashion, finding that such a system could diagnose those with life-threatening bleeding before they arrive at the hospital, potentially saving lives.

5/11/15: Combined radiation and hormonal therapy improves survival in node-positive prostate cancer A new study finds that men with prostate cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes can benefit from the addition of radiation therapy to treatments that block the effects of testosterone.

5/05/15: Relaxation response appears to relieve symptoms, alter gene expression in two gastrointestinal disorders A pilot study has found that a nine-week program including relaxation response training had a significant impact on symptoms of the gastrointestinal disorders irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease and on the expression of genes related to inflammation and the body’s response to stress.

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05/19/2015: Hospitals Move to Limit Low-Volume Surgeries U.S. News & World Report
quotes MGH physician Keith Lillemoe

05/19/2015: New Microchip Design Captures Circulating Tumor Cells Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
coverage of study led my MGH investigator Mehmet Toner

05/19/2015: New chip traps clusters of migrating tumor cells Medical News Today

05/19/2015: Microchip can capture circulating tumour cells Mumbai (India) Mirror

05/19/2015: Marathon survivor finds grace, wisdom in recovery Boston Globe
column focusing on patient treated at MGH

05/19/2015: The Power of One: How Individuals Are Raising Millions for Nepal Relief Efforts Huffington Post
mentions MGH physician Bijay Acharya

05/19/2015: Stroke Rounds: CAS Outcomes Vary Widely by Hospital MedPage Today
coverage of study co-authored by MGH investigator Kenneth Rosenfield