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Research Roundup is a monthly recap of the latest biomedical research news from the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute.
New study suggests a genetic link between body shape and risk of developing Type 1 diabetes and coronary heart disease; plus a new strategy for assessing individuals with Down syndrome for risk of sleep apnea.
A history of kidney disease is linked to pregnancy complications, even if expectant mothers test normal for kidney function; study provides new hope for long-term recovery for eating disorders; study reveals genetic underpinnings of sleep disorders.
Study suggests a reason why aspartame does not promote weight loss, fMRI celebrates its 25th anniversary, surprising study finds that gluten-free diet does not always remedy intestinal damage from celiac disease.
New heart study suggests that DNA is not destiny when it comes to inherited heart attack risk; new test that combines scent recognition and recall could help to identify early-stage Alzheimer's disease
A new, more accurate method for testing blood sugar in diabetes patients; insights into asthma and the promising results of an early mobilization study in surgery patients.
Study finds new genetic clues for hereditary high blood pressure; exploring ways to promote new memory formation as we age; more evidence that brain-boosting activities help to delay cognitive decline.
A new research study identifies 15 genetic markers for major depression in people of European descent, a diet of certain meat-based proteins may spell trouble for individuals with unhealthy lifestyles, and underweight elders may be more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease.
Study finds that an overloaded brain can prevent you from enjoying life and using your creativity; researchers to test a heart resynchronization device of last resort; study identifies a critical need to improve treatment for gout.
Researchers have identified the mechanism behind inflammation that takes place after a heart attack; study encouraging adolescents to use the built environment for exercise shows an increase in daily activity; mathematical model determines that the United Nation's plan for HIV treatment would be costly but effective.
A new imaging tool may help to test treatments for ALS patients; ketamine injections shown to reduce suicidal thoughts in depressive patients; study of infant gut microbia seems to confirm the so-called "hygiene hypothesis," plus more.
Researchers have been able to use functional MRI technology to map the changes that occur in the brain when the mind wanders; study finds that the brains of marijuana users process social rejection differently; functional heart tissue grown on donated human heart scaffolds, plus more.
A new study finds that heart failure patients who underwent weight loss surgery to treat morbid obesity had a significant reduction in their risk for heart failure exacerbation in the two years after surgery; researchers find that targeting the body's natural opioid producers may help with treatment-resistant depression, plus more.
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