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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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09/05/2014: 'Close to a cure' - Amesbury brothers with diabetes take part in bionic pancreas trials Newburyport News
coverage of participants in trial co-led by MGH investigator Steven Russell

09/05/2014: Child’s trauma diagnosis defended The Boston Globe
mentions testimony by MGH physician Alice Newton

09/05/2014: Cancer immunotherapy on the cusp HMS News
quotes MGH physician Keith Flaherty

09/05/2014: Leap in aid to disabled kids reflects crushing gaps in welfare The Boston Globe
article written by MGHfC physician James Perrin

09/05/2014: Marijuana Study Raises New Concerns About Pot Addiction In Teens The Huffington Post
coverage of study led by MGH psychologist John Kelly

09/05/2014: PPD improves process to test drugs in patients with depression Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh, N.C.)
mentions technique developed by MGH physician Maurizio Fava

09/05/2014: FDA Approves GE’s New Breast 3D Imaging Technology, SenoClaire Radiation Therapy News
quotes MGH physician Daniel Kopans