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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7/28/14: Stimulation of brain region restores consciousness to animals under general anesthesia Stimulating one of two dopamine-producing regions in the brain was able to arouse animals receiving general anesthesia with either isoflurane or propofol.
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.
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07/22/2014: Deaf Toddler Has Second Brainstem Device Surgery to Help Him Hear
coverage of procedures performed at MGH
07/22/2014: Schizophrenia Roots Tied to Complex Web of Gene Switches
coverage of study co-authored by MGH investigator Mark Daly
07/22/2014: New Schizophrenia Genes Identified
07/22/2014: Geneticists find 100+ DNA pointers for schizophrenia
quotes MGH investigator Stephan Ripke
07/22/2014: Common Mutations Account for Half of Autism Risk
quotes MGH investigator Benjamin Neale
07/22/2014: Medicare Testing Payment Options That Could End Observation Care Penalties
Kaiser Health News
quotes MGH physician Eric Weil