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Massachusetts General Hospital announces new initiative to develop implantable brain device

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have announced a new initiative designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain disorder (TBI) and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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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, a discovery which may point the way towards a process for more actively rousing human patients who are under sedation once a procedure is complete.

Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients may also 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.

Cultured circulating tumor cells reveal genetic profile, potential drug susceptibility of breast cancer cells A team from the Center for Engineering in Medicine and the Cancer Center at Mass General have been able to capture and culture tumor cells circulating in the blood of patients. Being able to observe these cells develop in the lab over time may provide new insights into cancer treatment.

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08/29/2014: The 1918 Influenza Outbreak: When Boston Was Patient Zero WGBH News
quotes MGH physician David Hooper

08/29/2014: Prostate Cancer and Zoledronic Acid: Two Emerging Patterns Medscape News
quotes MGH Cancer Center investigator Philip Saylor

08/29/2014: Autism Risk with Prenatal Antidepressant Use Insignificant After Controlling for Major Maternal Depression Pharmacy Times
coverage of study led by MGH investigator Roy Perlis

08/28/2014: Will $94 million raised from Ice bucket challenge yield cure for ALS? Boston Globe
quotes MGH investigator James Berry

08/28/2014: Prenatal Antidepressant Use Doesn’t Increase Autism Risk, Study Says Boston Magazine
coverage of study led by MGH investigator Roy Perlis

08/28/2014: Stroke Rounds: APOE Tied to Warfarin Brain Bleeds MedPage Today
coverage of study led by MGH investigator Christopher Anderson

08/28/2014: Cheap, Low-Tech Devices Help Paralyzed Patients ‘Speak Their Minds’ CommonHealth/
quotes MGH investigator Alik Widge