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07/29/2015: Intracellular microlasers could allow precise labeling of up to a trillion individual cells

MGH investigators have induced structures incorporated within individual cells to produce laser light at wavelengths that differ based on the size, shape and composition of each microlaser, allowing precise labeling of individual cells.

07/29/2015: Treating Previously Untreatable Cases with Proton Beam Radiosurgery

“It is so gratifying to effectively treat otherwise inoperable conditions or those for which the risk of surgery is excessive,” says Dr. Chapman.

07/29/2015: 21st Century Docs: MGH Neurotechnology Trials Unit Brings New Tools to Bear on Neurological Diseases

"In the last two decades, advances in the ability to image the living, working brain, and record from or stimulate neurons in vivo have revolutionized neuroscience research. But translating these engineering achievements or insights into practical tools for human neurological health is just beginning", says Mass General neurologist and neuroscientist Leigh R. Hochberg, MD, PhD.

07/29/2015: Neurogenetics Expert Kathryn Swoboda Joins Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Neurology Team

“It’s very unusual for a hospital to be so invested in research –Mass General and Partners Healthcare have made a huge investment in genome sequencing and research to figure out how to relate disease to novel genetic variants, and how that fits into a future personalized approach to our neurology patients, and patients in general,” says Dr. Swoboda.

07/29/2015: Innovations in Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Repairing connections, restoring function

“Recovery can take several months, but without surgically reconnecting the nerve there’s often very little chance for natural recovery in cases where there is a complete nerve injury,” says Dr. Williams.

07/27/2015: Gene therapy may improve survival of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer

Use of gene therapy to deliver a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive organs may improve the survival of patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy, which happens 70 percent of the time and is invariably fatal.

07/27/2015: New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

Researchers at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and MGH have created a polymer gel that overcomes the risk of intestinal obstruction associated with medical devices designed to reside in the stomach.

07/27/2015: Sylvia Chiang Takes the Helm of Revere CARES

Bringing more than 20 years of experience to the role, Sylvia Chiang, MD, MPH, a longtime advocate of clinical and community health, will become the new Revere CARES Coalition Director.

07/24/2015: Mass General Dermatology Media Coverage

Browse the latest local and national news articles featuring stories from basic research to innovative breakthroughs in cosmetic dermatology.

07/24/2015: Patients Take a Trip to Oz with New Pinball Machine on Ellison 18

Patients on Ellison 18 can now follow the yellow brick road to recovery with a “Wizard of Oz” themed pinball machine, donated to MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) by Project Pinball Charity.

07/24/2015: Understanding Alzheimer's

Lisa Genova, PhD, a neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of “Still Alice,” visited the MGH on June 16 to discuss her journey into the world of Alzheimer’s disease.

07/24/2015: Camp, crafts and laughs

On July 15, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) sponsored the second annual Camp Day – bringing magic and inspiring imagination to MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients and their families.

07/24/2015: Two honored with young investigator award

The fourth annual Herman K. “Chip” Gold, MD, MGH Young Investigator Award was presented to Andreas Mauer, MD and Stephen W. Waldo, MD.

07/24/2015: Planning a return to Haiti

In February 2015, Elizabeth Christiansen, RVT, Corinne Payette, RVT, and vascular medicine fellow Jessica Mintz, DO, traveled to Haiti to teach physicians how to perform lifesaving ultrasound exams in their native environment.

07/24/2015: Breaking fast encourages community

On July 1 at sunset, 150 members of the MGH community broke fast together in a celebration known as Iftar after abstaining from food and drink during the holy month of Ramadan.

07/24/2015: Thomas Lynch Jr., MD, named MGPO CEO and chairman

Thomas J. Lynch Jr., MD, has been selected as the new CEO and chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, effective Sept. 1.

07/24/2015: Lisbeth Rodríguez

LISBETH RODRÍGUEZ, CMI, a Spanish medical interpreter at the MGH, died June 20 at the age of 46.

07/24/2015: A special week for siblings

The Pediatric Oncology clinic on Yawkey 8B recently hosted “Sibling Week” to honor the brothers and sisters of children being treated for cancer.

07/24/2015: MGH is #1

The MGH has #1 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 Best Hospitals list, with all 16 specialties ranked by the Report - the only hospital in the country to receive this honor.

07/24/2015: Thomas Lynch Jr., MD, named MGPO CEO and chairman

Thomas J. Lynch Jr., MD, has been selected as the new CEO and chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, effective Sept. 1.

07/22/2015: Steve Gleason Act scores victory for ALS patients on Capitol Hill

The bill, which now needs only Obama's signature to become a law, will make critical technology available to patients with ALS and other neurological disorders through Medicare and Medicaid. That includes innovative speech-generating devices like the one Gleason uses to type words through eye movements.

07/21/2015: #1 in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

07/20/2015: Community Health Needs Assessment Influences Leading Clinical Priority of Hospital Strategic Plan

The most recent community health needs assessment required by the ACA led the MGH to knit together community-based efforts to promote health and prevent disease with clinical initiatives to manage care.

07/16/2015: Nurses now on staff at all Mass General Imaging locations

Mass General Imaging welcomed a new team of nurses to our location in Waltham.

07/15/2015: Rosie’s Story: Multidisciplinary Care Through Life’s Stages

Rosie Mahoney has Turner syndrome, but doesn't let it stop her from dreaming big. With help from the Turner Syndrome Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Rosie develops the skills she needs to achieve her dreams.

07/14/2015: New guidelines for statin eligibility improve prediction of cardiovascular risk

The current guidelines for determining whether patients should begin taking statins to prevent cardiovascular disease are more accurate and more efficient than an earlier set of guidelines in assigning treatment to adults at increased risk for cardiovascular events and identifying those whose low risk rules out the need to take statins.

07/13/2015: Study of IRB members’ industry relationships finds improvement, but some issues persist

A follow-up to a 2005 study of industry relationships among members of Institutional Review Boards at academic health centers finds improvements in the management of such relationships, and the persistence of problems such as IRB members’ voting on protocols with which they may have conflicts of interest.

07/13/2015: Mass General marks National Stroke Awareness Month

During National Stroke Awareness Month, members of the Acute Stroke Care Program at Mass General joined forces to raise awareness of patient care and stroke prevention.

07/13/2015: New Clinical Pilot Studies Will Use Biomarkers to Speed Therapy Development

The ALS Association and the ALS Finding a Cure Foundation are pleased to announce $3 million in funding for two new Phase II clinical studies through the ALS Accelerated Therapeutics (ALS ACT) initiative.

07/13/2015: Robert G. Miller awarded $1.5 million grant to help fund Neuraltus' Phase 2 clinical study

The Phase 2 study is intended to help confirm the potential clinical benefits seen in the previous study of NP001, the results from which were published in the April 2015 issue of Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

07/09/2015: Innovations in Peripheral Nerve Surgery: Repairing connections, restoring function

“Recovery can take several months but without surgically reconnecting the nerve there’s basically no chance for natural recovery in cases where there is a complete nerve injury,” says Dr. Williams.

07/09/2015: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter July 2015

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

07/08/2015: Mass. General study suggests that medication could improve gastric bypass results

New findings about the mechanisms involved – or not involved – in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure.

07/08/2015: Mass General study suggests that medication could improve gastric bypass results

New findings about the mechanisms involved – or not involved – in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure.

07/07/2015: Mass. General study identifies characteristic EEG pattern of high-dose nitrous oxide anesthesia

A report from MGH investigators finds that EEG patterns of patients receiving high doses of nitrous oxide differ significantly from those of the same patients under ether-based inhaled anesthetics, findings that suggest how nitrous oxide produces its effects and may help explain the failure of the first attempt to demonstrate anesthesia at MGH.

07/06/2015: Mass. General team generates therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark

A lightweight, portable system developed by an MGH research team can produce the potentially life-saving gas nitric oxide from the air by means of an electrical spark.

07/06/2015: Mass General Imaging hosts radiology technologist in training

In February 2015, Mass General Imaging hosted Thony Jean, radiology technologist in training from Mirebalais Hospital, a Partners In Health hospital in Haiti.

07/02/2015: Firework Safety: How to Keep Kids Safe on the 4th

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains how to keep kids safe around fireworks on the 4th of July.

06/29/2015: Public health surveillance system may seriously underestimate cases of acute hepatitis C infection

A new study suggests that massive underreporting may occur within the system set up by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the incidence of acute hepatitis C virus infection.

06/26/2015: A Symposium in honor of Kurt J. Isselbacher, MD

A Symposium in honor of Kurt J. Isselbacher, MD. Friday, June 26, 2015, 1:00PM-5:00PM, Simches Research Building.

06/26/2015: MGH patient pays it forward

MGH patient encourages CPR training following near-death experience.

06/26/2015: Honoring a beloved physician

The MGH celebrated the creation of the Jordan S. Ruboy, MD, Endowed Fund for Compassionate Care in honor of a beloved pediatrician associated with the hospital for more than 50 years.

06/26/2015: Swoboda honored with Sims endowed chair

Kathryn Swoboda, MD, director of the Neurogenetics Unit within the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research, is the first incumbent of the Katherine B. Sims, MD, Endowed Chair in Neurogenetics.

06/26/2015: Celebrating the ‘greatest assets’ of the MGH

Committed, selfless and driven were just a few of the words used to describe MGH employees in operations support roles during the annual Operations Support Staff Day luncheon under the Bulfinch Tent on June 18.

06/26/2015: Honoring patients as teachers

Three MGH patients were honored for their role as exceptional teachers to internal medicine residents in the primary care clinic setting.

06/26/2015: Visiting Day sheds light on mental illness

Seeking to shed light on mental health issues and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, nearly 120 physicians, patients, families and supporters gathered June 8 for the fourth annual Visiting Day event, hosted by the MGH Leadership Council for Psychiatry.

06/26/2015: Let the games begin

Employees gathered June 24 on the Bulfinch Lawn to celebrate the annual MGH Employee Summer Picnic and join Operation 5,000, a life-size version of the classic children’s game Operation.

06/26/2015: What's Happening: June 26, 2015

What's Happening: June 26, 2015

06/25/2015: Development of new blood vessels not essential to growth of lymph node metastases

An MGH Cancer Center study finds that the growth of metastases in lymph nodes – the most common site of cancer spread – does not require new blood vessels, possibly explaining why antiangiogenesis drugs fail to prevent the development of new metastases.

06/22/2015: Mass. General research team evolves CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases with novel properties

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital MGH researchers has found a way to expand the use and precision of the powerful gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas9 RNA-guided nucleases.

06/22/2015: Resiliency training program helps teens deal with today’s stresses

Amid reports that rank today’s teens as the most stressed generation in the country, a study from the Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital offers hope for helping high school students effectively manage stress and build long-term resiliency.

06/22/2015: Traveling with Kids: How to prevent infections on vacation

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jason Harris, MD, answers questions about protecting your family from infections while traveling.

06/22/2015: Measles Q&A with Mark Pasternack, MD

A child has been diagnosed with the measles on Martha's Vineyard. Mark Steven Pasternack, MD, unit chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, answers common questions about measles and the current situation.

06/22/2015: Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, Named Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at MGHfC

Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, has been named the chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), effective July 1, 2015.

06/17/2015: Pulsed electrical fields may provide improved skin rejuvenation

A new approach to skin rejuvenation developed at the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine may be less likely to have unintended side effects such as scarring and altered pigmentation.

06/17/2015: Mass. General Hospital physicians write of their experiences in Nepal earthquake relief

Two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians who participated in the international response to the major earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May each describe their experiences in Perspectives articles receiving Online First publication today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

06/16/2015: Microfabricated device allows evaluation of the efficacy, toxicity of drugs metabolized through the liver

A team of researchers from the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine has developed a novel approach that dramatically simplifies the evaluation of the liver’s drug-metabolizing activity and the potential toxic effects of the products of that activity on other organs.

06/16/2015: Summer Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe Around Portable Pools

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains what you can do to help keep children safe around portable or inflatable swimming pools.

06/16/2015: Mass General’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Mass General Hospital is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. The MGH Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) program goal is to have substance use disorders addressed along all levels of health impact; from primary community-based prevention to early intervention and treatment to chronic disease management.

06/15/2015: Active clinician support and assistance are critical to successfully quitting smoking

Does participation in the annual lung cancer screening currently recommended for people with high-risk smoking histories encourage those who are still smoking to quit? A new study from an MGH research team finds that the answer may depend on the level of support given by patients’ primary care providers.

06/13/2015: 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference

From June 13-16, 2015, two of the Harvard-affiliated institutions, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital will host OVC Boston, the 9th International Oncolytic Virus Therapeutics Conference at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

06/12/2015: Trauma preparedness: Teaching the teachers

On June 3, trauma surgeon David King, MD provided training and equipment 
to prepare teachers at St. John's School for a potential crisis in the classroom.

06/12/2015: Harnessing the power of PERT

The MGH recently hosted a scientific symposium, “Pulmonary Embolism: What Is Known, What We Need To Know” to discuss improvements in PE detection, care coordination and patient management.

06/12/2015: Renewing the pledge against violence

The MGH Men Against Abuse, a group dedicated to the fight against domestic violence, will celebrate its 
10th anniversary this month.

06/12/2015: Jackson Society honors grant recipients

The MGH Department of Medicine’s James Jackson Society hosted its annual celebration May 27 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

06/12/2015: Jackson Society honors grant recipients

The MGH Department of Medicine’s James Jackson Society hosted its annual celebration May 27 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

06/12/2015: Workplace Education Program celebrates 20 years of achievements

The MGH Workplace Education Program celebrated its 20th anniversary by recognizing the achievements of the latest class of hardworking employees who completed English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and computer classes.

06/12/2015: Tackling 
substance 
misuse

Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Agent Bob Stutman addressed the Charlestown community last month to educate parents and provide them with strategies to reduce substance use and misuse by their children.

06/12/2015: A lasting tribute

Phyllis Seresky's name and memory are preserved in a busy Lunder 9 conference room that hosts daily clinical rounds and teaching sessions. On May 18 the space was dedicated in a special ceremony to celebrate her life.

06/12/2015: Renewing the pledge against violence

MGH Men Against Abuse, a group dedicated to the fight against domestic violence, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this month.

06/12/2015: Summer Picnic

The 2015 MGH Summer Picnic is June 24 from 11:30 am to 2 pm and 10 to 11:30 pm on the Bulfinch Lawn. Come enjoy food, music and games - and the return of Operation 5,000!

06/11/2015: Dendritic cells of elite controllers able to recognize, mount defense against HIV

Investigators from MGH and the Ragon Institute have found that dendritic cells of elite controllers – individuals able to control HIV infection without drug treatment – are better able to detect the presence of HIV, which stimulates the generation of T cells specifically targeting the virus.

06/09/2015: 'Alzheimer's protein' plays role in maintaining eye health and muscle strength

Amyloid precursor protein (APP), a key protein implicated in the development Alzheimer's disease, may play an important role in eye and muscle health. In a new report, scientists have discovered that when proteins that bind to the APP, called FE65 and FE65L1, are deleted, they cause cataracts and muscle weakness in mice.

06/08/2015: Trauma preparedness: teaching the teachers

Mass General trauma surgeon David King, MD, instructs local educators in the use of tourniquets, empowering them to take action in a crisis.

06/08/2015: Data-Driven Insights Help Providers Improve Patient Care

With the transition to electronic health records, each of the 16 divisions at MGHfC are now using data to drive efforts to improve patient care.

06/07/2015: Mass. General Hospital launches phase II trial of BCG vaccine to reverse type 1 diabetes

The FDA approval of a phase II clinical trial testing the ability of the generic BCG vaccine to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes was announced today at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association by Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Immunobiology Laboratory and principal investigator of the study.

06/05/2015: Child Life Services Inspires Patient to Give Back to MGHfC

Over the past three years, patient Nick Pemberton's positive experiences with MGHfC's Child Life services have inspired him to give back not only to Child Life services, but to other children at the hospital as well.

06/05/2015: In Memoriam: Donald Francis, RN, BSN

Donald R. Francis, RN, BSN, a beloved member of the MGH community, died May 28 at the age of 58.

06/05/2015: Leading the charge in stroke care

The MGH Acute Stroke Care Team was honored at the MGH Acute Stroke Gala Breakfast.

06/05/2015: Song of appreciation

Maureen Condon, a two time cancer survivor, wrote a song of thanks to the MGH team who was so supportive through her diagnosis and treatment.

06/05/2015: What's Happening: June 5, 2015

What's Happening: June 5, 2015

06/05/2015: Creating hope and inspiring action

On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

06/05/2015: In Memoriam: Donald Francis, RN, BSN

Donald Francis, RN, BSN, a beloved member of the MGH community, died May 28 at the age of 58.

06/05/2015: Celebrating the work of research fellows

On May 27, 12 fellows were honored at the Research Fellows Poster Day celebration, hosted by the Office for Research Career Development in the MGH Center for Faculty Development.

06/05/2015: Creating hope and inspiring action

On May 26, the MGH Cancer Center celebrated the eighth annual the one hundred, an event honoring 100 individuals and groups whose commitment to the fight against cancer creates hope and inspires action.

06/05/2015: Testifying in support of TeleStroke

As the momentum of TeleStroke grows, MGH doctors are supporting ways to expand this treatment to more patients - including testifying before the U.S. Senate in support of the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act.

06/05/2015: A favorite returns

On June 2, the Papa Gino's pizza station at the Eat Street Café reopened after renovations.

06/04/2015: Mass. General-led consortium focusing on rapid development of Q fever vaccine

A consortium of academic and industry organizations led by a team from the MGH Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center has launched a new effort to develop an entirely new type of vaccine against Q fever.

06/04/2015: MGH Celebrates Commitment to Community and Equity

The MGH’s Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) and the MGH Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) today celebrated 20 and 10 respective years of addressing healthy communities and health care equity with a joint event at Massachusetts General Hospital. Both centers exemplify MGH’s nationally-recognized leadership in efforts to reduce health care disparities and to improve the health of the local communities MGH serves.

06/02/2015: MGH team develops transplantable bioengineered forelimb in an animal model

A team of MGH investigators has made the first steps towards development of bioartificial replacement limbs suitable for transplantation.

06/01/2015: Thoracic Aortic Endografts

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have conducted evaluations of thoracic endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (TEVAR) for a variety of aortic pathologies—investigating the short-term safety and efficacy as well as long-term durability of this technique.

06/01/2015: Ablative CO2 Fractional Photothermolysis for Burn Scars

Massachusetts General Hospital burn surgeons have assessed the mechanism of action and efficacy of ablative fractional resurfacing as potential therapy for burn scars.

06/01/2015: Developments in Total Ankle Replacement

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new generation of ankle replacement devices and protocols that are promoting wider adoption of total ankle arthroplasty.

06/01/2015: Circadian Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease

New research from Massachusetts General Hospital investigates the role of circadian rhythm dysfunction in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease.

05/22/2015: Celebrating MGH’s commitment to community and equity

During a special joint ceremony on June 4, the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) will mark its 20th anniversary, and the MGH Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) will celebrate its 10th year.

05/22/2015: Discovering how dads develop

The Fatherhood Project recently teamed with the MGH Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to launch a survey for new or expectant dads about their parental role.

05/22/2015: App aimed to help children with food allergies

Elisabeth Stieb, RN, BSN, of the Food Allergy Center at the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, developed “My Food Challenge,” the first-of-its-kind app about food challenges.

05/22/2015: MGH patients reunite with Boston MedFlight crews

Boston MedFlight marked their 30th anniversary with a special patient reunion that was attended by nearly 400 patients and family members - many whom were transported to the MGH.

05/22/2015: Tarbell lecture focuses on patient-centered hospital advancement

Kate Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center, was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lectureship on May 13.

05/22/2015: Computerized vital signs analysis may help trauma patients

Automated analysis of the vital signs commonly monitored in patients transported to trauma centers could significantly improve the ability to diagnose life-threatening bleeding before patients arrive at the hospital

05/22/2015: Celebrating survival: Reunion marks success of curative program

The MGH Pulmonary Hypertension and Thromboendarterectomy Program hosted a patient reunion on May 5, giving patients and their families an opportunity to share stories and thank MGH caregivers.

05/21/2015: Q&A with John Winickoff, MD, MPH: The Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Nicotine Products

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are sometimes falsely viewed as a "healthier" alternative to traditional tobacco and nicotine products. Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, a primary care physician and tobacco researcher at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), shares his knowledge on the dangers of e-cigarettes and provides tips on how parents can help teens avoid tobacco and nicotine products.

05/20/2015: MGH named among nation’s top performers in new U.S. News & World Report survey

Mass General joins fewer than 50 hospitals that were rated high performing in all five procedures and conditions.

05/20/2015: MGH and EBNHC join East Boston substance use disorders task force

The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, in a partnership with Mass General Hospital and the East Boston community, is joining with a new task force convened by State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and supported by City Councilor Sal LaMattina and State Representative Adrian Madaro to organize a community response to substance use.

05/19/2015: Statement from Mass General

Statement regarding treatment of Sam Smith by Steven Zeitels, MD.

05/19/2015: 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.

05/19/2015: 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.

05/19/2015: Partnerships promote education, awareness

The MGH recently participated in two opportunities aimed at raising awareness for early detection and proper treatment of cancer.

05/19/2015: A new beginning

Shea Hammond's story begins in 2006, when he was 16. At a time when most teens think about homework, hanging out with friends and dating, Hammond was focused on finding a donor for his failing kidneys.

05/19/2015: A beautiful thank you

2015 marks the fifth year that the national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani, Tim Quinn, has come to the MGH during Nurses Week to provide a day of makeovers for the Cancer Center nursing staff.

05/18/2015: 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.

05/15/2015: New chief for Foot and Ankle Service

A renowned orthopædic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle care, has been named as the new chief of the MGH Foot and Ankle Service.

05/15/2015: Recognizing researchers

Employees celebrate the second annual Research Staff Appreciation Day.

05/15/2015: Speak up for safety

MGH employees speak up for safety and participate in the hospital's Safety Culture Survey raffle.

05/15/2015: Partners eCare clinical cycle go-live dates finalized

MGH schedules dates to implement eCare clinical cycle

05/15/2015: What's Happening: May 15, 2015

What's Happening: May 15, 2015

05/14/2015: 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.

05/14/2015: Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Spine Disorders

This educational video highlights the various surgical approaches to the cervical spine. Common signs and symptoms of cervical spinal cord and nerve root compression are also discussed.

05/12/2015: MGH ALS Symposium Video

Hear from the MGH Neurology Department researchers and clinic staff dedicated to finding treatments and cures for ALS.

05/12/2015: Help Teens Reduce Stress with Resiliency Program at the Benson Henry Institute

"Resilient Kids: A Mind Body Program" is designed to help children develop self-care skills to manage and reduce symptoms of stress and move through life's challenges with greater resiliency.

05/11/2015: 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.

05/11/2015: Endovascular Clot Retrieval Therapy: Implications for the Organization of Stroke Systems of Care

Endovascular acute ischemic stroke therapy is now proven by randomized controlled trials to produce large, clinically meaningful benefits. In response, stroke systems of care must change to increase timely and equitable access to this therapy. In this review, we provide a North American perspective on implications for stroke systems, focusing on the United States and Canada, accompanied by initial recommendations for changes.

05/09/2015: 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate Summit on Biomedical Sciences: Frontiers in Cancer Research

The 2015 NPLS will focus on Frontiers in Cancer Research, and cover some of the latest advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer. The conference brings together some of the world’s leading scientists and physicians who have made dramatic breakthroughs in cancer therapy. Massachusetts General Cancer Center Director, Dr. Daniel Haber, is a keynote speaker.

05/09/2015: 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate Summit on Biomedical Sciences: Frontiers in Cancer Research

The 2015 NPLS will focus on Frontiers in Cancer Research, and cover some of the latest advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer. The conference brings together some of the world’s leading scientists and physicians who have made dramatic breakthroughs in cancer therapy. Mass General Hospital Cancer Center Director, Dr. Daniel Haber, is a keynote speaker.

05/08/2015: VasCore opens training facility for vascular professionals

On April 23, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the VasCore Training and Education Center (VTEC), a groundbreaking facility and meeting hub in downtown Boston that aims to provide hands-on, customized training using the latest advancements in vascular imaging.

05/08/2015: Advancing ACL care

In an effort to advance the field of ACL care, a team of nearly 30 experts from several MGH departments – including Orthopedics, Physical Therapy and Radiology – has come together to form the newly developed ACL Research Group.

05/08/2015: Scoring goals off the ice

Boston Bruins players Dennis Seidenberg and Chris Kelly visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children on April 29.

05/08/2015: Addressing social, racial and ethnic disparities in health

Former chief medical officer of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and newly appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, presents at MGH’s annual YWCA Stand Against Racism event.

05/08/2015: Teams deploy to Nepal

A seven-member team joins two MGH physicians who already were working in-country to aid in the earthquake relief.

05/08/2015: Molecular tumor diagnosis with a smartphone

A device developed by MGH investigators may bring rapid, accurate molecular diagnosis of tumors and other diseases to locations lacking the latest medical technology

05/08/2015: Pediatric Urology Service welcomes new chief

JACK S. ELDER, MD, has been named chief of the Pediatric Urology Service for MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

05/08/2015: Honoring our nurses

Last week, the MGH celebrated National Nurses Week with an appreciation breakfast and high tea reception, as well as several presentations, the annual research poster session and an address by Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, senior vice president of Patient Care and chief nurse.

05/08/2015: What's Happening: May 8, 2015

What's Happening: May 8, 2015

05/06/2015: Saving Leo

A boy, badly burned by fire, traveled from Burundi to Boston for treatment in an extraordinary journey of resilience and devotion. Richard Ehrlichman, MD, a plastic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is part of his care team.

05/05/2015: Relaxation response appears to relieve symptoms, alter gene expression in two gastrointestinal disorders

A pilot study has found that a nine-week training program including elicitation of the relaxation response had a significant impact on clinical 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.

05/05/2015: Redesigned systems may increase access to MRI for patients with implanted medical devices

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited.

05/05/2015: MGH Chelsea Helps Family Cope with Complex Health Issues

Faced with health problems that included two sons with heart defects, one family found skilled and caring partners at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center.

05/04/2015: Role of the Microbiome in Celiac Disease

Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children are leading an international study investigating how the interplay of genetics and other environmental variables influence the microbiome and contribute to the development of celiac disease.

05/04/2015: Obesity Interventions for Children and Adolescents

Obesity experts at MassGeneral Hospital for Children are exploring preventative public health programs and surgical interventions to better combat childhood obesity.

05/04/2015: The Concussion Spectrum: Tracing the Impact

A series of studies conducted at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is developing more rigorous standards for diagnosis and treatment of concussions in children and adolescents.

05/01/2015: Supporting Stroke Services

Lee H. Schwamm, MD, executive vice chairman of Neurology and director of the Mass General Stroke Service, shares information about strokes, warning signs and advances in stroke care.

05/01/2015: MGH team deploys to Nepal

On April 25, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal – the country’s worst in more than 80 years. As the death toll continues to rise to more than 5,000, an additional 9,000 people have been injured, and there are thousands more without homes. The earthquake is a major catastrophe to the Nepalese people, as well as the country’s infrastructure as a whole.

05/01/2015: Q&A with Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH: Safer Driving Habits in Teens

Before teens get their licenses, it's important for parents to help instill safe driving habits and empower teens to be confident behind the wheel. Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, a trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, provides some tips on how parents can help teens stay safe while driving.

05/01/2015: MGH physician recounts days following devastating earthquake

Renee Salas, MD, of the MGH Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine, was in Nepal at the time of the earthquake. Salas was uninjured and remains in-country providing medical care with the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal (HRA) in Pheriche, near the Mount Everest Base Camp.

05/01/2015: Honoring excellence

The MGH celebrated its 17th annual Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards Ceremony on April 23, honoring 2,033 staff members.

05/01/2015: MGH launches Research Institute

This month, the MGH will launch its new Research Institute – an initiative to support, promote and guide the hospital’s existing research enterprise. The Research Institute comprises more than 6,000 staff working across more than 30 research centers, institutes and departments, and is the largest hospital-based research enterprise in the nation.

05/01/2015: A friend of the MGH

Jean Holmes Mongan, a long-time MGH volunteer, a member of the Ladies Visiting Committee and the wife of the late MGH President James Mongan, MD, died April 25 after a long illness.

05/01/2015: What's Happening: May 1, 2015

What's Happening: May 1, 2015

05/01/2015: ‘Simply outstanding’ patient care

The key to delivering extraordinary patient care is all about the patient connection, says Rodney Lomax, a patient service coordinator in Neuroendocrine Associates and recipient of the 2015 Pamela J. Ellis Secretarial Memorial Award.

05/01/2015: Researchers Strive to Keep Heart Valves Healthy

Robert Levine, MD and Jacob Dal-Bianco, MD, of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital are researching the genetics of heart valve disease with the goal of developing preventative therapies.

04/29/2015: Rociletinib shows promising activity against treatment-resistant EGFR-mutated lung cancer

A new targeted therapy drug against EGFR-mutation driven lung tumors that have become resistant to current therapies shows activity against the most common resistance mutation, significantly improving outcomes for patients.

04/24/2015: Stem-cell-based therapy promising for treatment of breast cancer metastases in the brain

Investigators from MGH and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have developed an imageable mouse model of brain-metastatic breast cancer and shown the potential of a stem-cell-based therapy to eliminate metastatic cells from the brain and prolong survival.

04/24/2015: MGH Cancer Center receives second Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team award

Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced the formation of a new Dream Team to tackle the problem of lung cancer during the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) held April 20 in Philadelphia.

04/24/2015: The Joint Commission completes MGH assessment

The survey team from The Joint Commission – the independent nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care institutions and programs in the United States – completed its five-day assessment of the MGH’s hospital and laboratory sites on April 17.

04/24/2015: Marathon 2015

Rain, winds and chilly weather did not stop runners from the MGH Marathon teams on Marathon Monday, April 20. A total of 165 runners braved the elements in support of the hospital.

04/24/2015: Advocating for increased awareness of men’s health

The MGH Department of Urology and Orthopedics staff on Ellison 6 joined the national Movember Foundation’s initiative to increase focus on men’s health issues.

04/24/2015: SAC meeting focuses on challenges facing research trainees

The 68th annual meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) began with the Celebration of Science on April 1. The annual poster session featured 188 posters, 12 of which were named posters of distinction through a new process involving presentations by 32 chosen finalists.

04/24/2015: MGH researcher named to Time magazine’s top 100 list

Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, director of the MGH Genetics and Aging Research Unit, was featured on Time magazine's “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” for pioneering research in Alzheimer’s and for his significant contributions to understanding Alzheimer’s genetics.

04/23/2015: Trial of statin therapy to reduce HIV-associated cardiovascular risk open for enrollment

The first clinical trial to investigate whether treatment with a statin drug can reduce the increased cardiovascular disease risk in people infected with HIV has begun enrolling patients. Based at the MGH, the six-year, $40 million REPRIEVE (Randomized Study to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV) trial will be conducted at around 100 sites in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Thailand.

04/20/2015: Two tested approaches to treating childhood obesity appear effective

An MGHfC study of two protocols for the treatment of childhood obesity finds that both were successful in limiting one-year weight gain in obese children. Both interventions use information technology to provide clinicians with up-to-date obesity management guidelines and tools to help families manage behaviors related to obesity and fitness.

04/20/2015: Decreased red blood cell clearance appears to predict development and worsening of serious diseases

MGH investigators have found the probable mechanism underlying a previously described biomarker associated with the risk of developing serious diseases ranging from cancer to cardiovascular disease and the risk of serious complications.

04/20/2015: New SU2C-American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Dream Team Announced

Jeffrey A. Engelman, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of thoracic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, will be leader of a $20 million Dream Team to attack the number one cancer killer in America, lung cancer.

04/20/2015: Running for Pediatric Palliative Care: Providing a New Sense of Healing

For pediatric nephrologist and marathon runner, Avi Traum, MD, running for the Pediatric Palliative Care marathon team means being able to give patients with cancer, like Zoe Meinen, a better quality of life.

04/20/2015: Middle-aged congenital heart disease survivors may need special care

Ami B. Bhatt, MD, co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, authors recommendations on treating adults with congenital heart disease.

04/17/2015: Motivated by the MGH

Among the thousands of Boston Marathon runners on April 20, more than 150 runners will be sporting teal blue T-shirts worn by MGH teams. Forty-three of those runners will be MGH employees who have committed to run 26.2 miles to support the hospital where they already make an impact supporting patients and their families.

04/17/2015: Running for Palliative Care: Providing Hope for NICU Babies and Their Families

For veteran marathon runner Jeanne MacDonald, MD, running for the Palliative Care marathon team means providing hope to families whose babies are in the NICU, like the Spittle family.

04/17/2015: In memoriam: Kenneth L. Minaker, MD

Kenneth L. Minaker, MD, a longtime member of the MGH community, died April 11. Minaker, who served as chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit in the Department of Medicine, was known as a visionary leader who pioneered new approaches in the care of older adults.

04/17/2015: Music for a cause

Area musician Ibby Hausman got her first guitar and started writing music when she was 13, the same year her mother, Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kim says the music was a way for Ibby to cope with her diagnosis and the seemingly endless chemotherapy and radiation treatments she underwent.

04/17/2015: Partners in Excellence Awards ceremony

All members of the MGH community are invited to attend the 17th annual MGH Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards Ceremony April 23 at 3 pm in the Bulfinch Tents.

04/17/2015: Making college affordable, accessible and achievable

Partners HealthCare has a longstanding commitment to career development with two purposes: sustaining a well-prepared workforce and creating economic opportunity for employees.

04/17/2015: A monster celebration

MGH Food and Nutrition Services celebrated opening day at Fenway Park Monday by serving ballpark favorites in the Eat Street Café’s recently reopened panini station area.

04/17/2015: What's Happening: April 17, 2015

What's Happening: April 17, 2015

04/17/2015: Reunion reconnects MGH mentor and mentee

Of all the honors and recognitions given to Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president of Research, the award of which he is most proud is the 1997 American Hero Award from the U.S. Department of Education and the city of Boston.

04/16/2015: Pediatric Clinic is a Lifesaver for Many Families

After four months it was time for Dottie and Damian Lu to bring their twin babies home from Massachusetts General Hospital. The twins had been patients of the neonatal intensive care unit and a special care unit. Dottie was worried.

04/13/2015: Smartphone-based device could provide rapid, low-cost molecular tumor diagnosis

A device developed by MGH investigators may bring rapid, accurate molecular diagnosis of tumors and other diseases to locations lacking the latest medical technology.

04/13/2015: Research of Brett D. Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H

Dr. Brett Nelson is an MGHfC pediatrician, newborn hospitalist, and global health faculty member whose research interests are health care provision for vulnerable populations, particularly newborns, children, and individuals affected by conflict and crisis around the globe.

04/13/2015: MGHfC Digestive Disease Summer Research Program

MGHfC is a place where exciting biomedical research is conducted on a daily basis. A number of independent investigators are tackling a variety of compelling and topical issues urgently in need of creative solutions.

04/13/2015: Research of Manasi Sinha, MD, MPH

My interest in integrating themes of glycemic control and technology to improve management of type 1 diabetes led me to studying automated blood glucose control with a bihormonal bionic pancreas at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Diabetes Research Center with Dr. Steven J. Russell.

04/10/2015: What's Happening: April 10, 2015

What's Happening: April 10, 2015

04/10/2015: Natalia’s Story: Compassionate Care Helps Premature Infant Thrive

Natalia Nowakowski was born prematurely at 29 weeks with a host of medical issues. With help from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Special Care Nursery and the Newborn Developmental Follow-Up Clinic at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Natalia, now 3 years old, is a thriving as a happy, healthy preschooler with a love for music and dance.

04/10/2015: Marathoners run for Pediatric Palliative Care

On Patriot's Day, ‪MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) physicians Jeanne MacDonald Avram Traum will run the Boston Marathon in support of MGHfC’s Pediatric Palliative Care Service as part of the Miles for Mass General program.

04/10/2015: A record-breaking night for the Aspire Gala

On April 2, MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrated its 15th annual Aspire Spring Gala at the Four Seasons Boston.

04/10/2015: Patient Care Services to host third annual international symposium

Patient Care Services and the MGH Institute for Patient Care will host their third annual international symposium entitled, “Healthcare and the Gordian Knot: Preparing to lead through unprecedented change, challenge and complexity.” The two-day event takes place June 15 and 16 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School.

04/10/2015: Boston Marathon runner inspired by son’s care

Tarrah Zedower never dreamed she would run the Boston Marathon. This year, however, she’s joined the MGH’s pediatric cancer team “Fighting Kid’s Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” a group that she first learned of last summer when her now 3-year-old son, Caden, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow and blood.

04/10/2015: Plastic Surgery mission transforms lives of Colombian children

In February, William (Jay) G. Austen Jr., MD, chief of the MGH Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Division of Burn Surgery, and a plastic surgery team from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) traveled to Colombia for their annual Cartagena Surgical Mission.

04/10/2015: Honoring excellence

About 300 attendees turned out for the second annual MGH Service Excellence Awards ceremony, honoring 120 leaders and teams for their extraordinary achievements in improving the patient experience at the hospital.

04/10/2015: Hopping along

Patients and their families were treated to a special visit by the Spring Bunny on April 2 during the 10th annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Spring Egg Hunt.

04/10/2015: ‘Don’t forget hand hygiene’

The staff of Ellison 12 – a medical unit – has significantly increased its hand hygiene rates by keeping proper hand hygiene at the top of mind for all who provide care.

04/10/2015: Showcasing Excellence Every Day

During The Joint Commission survey, a team of 10 inspectors will review processes of care and visit more than 40 patient care units, ambulatory practices and procedural locations in addition to MGH lab sites.

04/07/2015: MGH receives Early Childhood Trauma Informed Care grant from DPH

Current brain science reveals that exposure to recurrent stress without the presence of a supportive adult can lead to extended activation of a child's stress response system, and become "toxic," having a negative effect on health across the life span.

04/07/2015: MGH receives Early Childhood Trauma Informed Care grant from DPH

Current brain science reveals that exposure to recurrent stress without the presence of a supportive adult can lead to extended activation of a child's stress response system, and become "toxic," having a negative effect on health across the life span.

04/06/2015: Study identifies protein that triggers lupus-associated immune system activation

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have found a potential new treatment target for the autoimmune disorder lupus – an immune system protein that activates a molecular pathway known to be associated with the disorder.

04/06/2015: Mass General proposes new treatment trial for patients with severe seizures

Q + A with Eric Rosenthal, MD about ESETT, a new treatment trial for patients with severe seizures

04/03/2015: Supporting the fight against colorectal cancer

When Christopher Robbins, RN, CGRN, opened the envelope holding the proclamation declaring March as Colorectal Awareness Month in the state of Massachusetts, he couldn’t stop smiling.

04/03/2015: MGHer turns summer job into career

Tarik Aman is one of nearly 450 employees who have benefited from the hospital’s Support Service Employee Grant program, which provides an opportunity for eligible staff to receive up to $1,500 toward the cost of continuing education or skill-building programs.

04/03/2015: Striving for Excellence Every Day

The Excellence Every Day Communications Subcommittee has created two humorous videos, reminding staff that proper hand hygiene and proper medication management are always top priorities at the MGH.

04/03/2015: Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

In a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine, experts write that while the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.

04/03/2015: Students get glimpse into hospital careers

The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement brought 104 Boston high school students together with 47 hosts across 26 departments for the hospital’s annual Job Shadow Days, held on March 13 and 20.

04/03/2015: Back on track

While training for the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the MGH Emergency Response team, Mark Annunziata knows not to be too hard on himself. He views each mile – each step rather – as a gift.

04/03/2015: Pre-Passover preparation prerequisite

The MGH Chaplaincy hosted its annual mechirat chametz ceremony to help Jewish members of the hospital community observe Passover.

04/03/2015: Partners in Excellence Awards ceremony

All members of the MGH community are invited to attend the annual Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards Ceremony April 23 at 3 pm in the Bulfinch Tents.

04/03/2015: Widening the field

Aaron Baggish, MD, associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center studied the effects of strength training of the hearts of NFL players.

04/02/2015: Featured Runners: Boston Marathon 2015

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), founded the Mass General Marathon Team with the goal of Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Cynthia Wigren

Cynthia Wigren explains why she is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Dan McGinley

Dan McGinley explains why he is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein

Howard Weinstein explains why he is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner John Ostrowski

John Ostrowski explains why he is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Meghan Connors

Meghan Connors explains why she is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runners Robyn and Tommy Beaton

Robyn and Tommy Beaton explain why they are running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Sarah Sleboda

Sarah Sleboda explains why she is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Tarrah Zedwoer

Tarrah Zedwoer explains why he is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runners Amy & Alli Armstrong-Javors

Amy & Alli Armstrong-Javors explain why they are running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/02/2015: Q&A with marathon runner Lauren Parks

Lauren Parks explains why she is running for the Mass General Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Marathon Team.

04/01/2015: Could that leg pain be peripheral artery disease?

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains classic symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

03/31/2015: Help Teens Reduce Stress with Resiliency Program at the Benson Henry Institute

"Resilient Kids: A Mind Body Program" is designed to help children develop self-care skills to manage and reduce symptoms of stress and move through life's challenges with greater resiliency.

03/27/2015: ED Observation Unit introduces best practices for medications

National Patient Safety Goal No. 3 is “Use medicines safely.” The staff of the Emergency Department Observation Unit consistently works to ensure that they have an updated medication list for all patients who receive care on the unit.

03/27/2015: Marathoners run Miles for Mass General

On April 20, more than 160 runners will run the Boston Marathon in support of the MGH. Twenty of those runners will participate as part of the Miles for Mass General program, which raises funds for hospital programs that are close to their hearts – including cystic fibrosis, pediatric palliative care, the MGH Cancer Center, the Lurie Center for Autism, and Huntington’s disease research at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease.

03/27/2015: MGH Revere reaches out and reads to pediatric patients

At Revere HealthCare Center’s pediatric practice, patients are routinely prescribed medications to treat ailments. But on March 20, special guests State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli and Clifford the Big Red Dog joined clinicians to deliver a different kind of prescription aimed at increasing reading time at home.

03/27/2015: SAC meeting to focus on research training

The 2015 meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will examine the hospital’s research training programs for graduate students and for basic and physician scientist fellows.

03/27/2015: Gooey surprise

St. Patrick’s Day at MassGeneral Hospital for Children would not have been complete without a green surprise.

03/27/2015: A quarter century of partnership

The MGH-Timilty Science Fair Partnership has brought middle school students and MGH volunteer mentors together annually for the past 25 years.

03/26/2015: Weinstein to Mark His 25th Consecutive Boston Marathon

Even when there is more than two feet of snow on the ground, Howard Weinstein, MD, is thinking about the upcoming 2015 Boston Marathon. This year will mark his 25th consecutive race and 18th year as captain of the pediatric cancer marathon team.

03/25/2015: Global health experts outline lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

While the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.

03/20/2015: Courage and kindness can help conquer cancer

MGHer Steve Temple doesn’t know Dorothy Evans. He doesn’t know she is being treated for multiple myeloma at the MGH Cancer Center or that she has been receiving blood platelet infusions since the fall of 2013 – infusions she says have greatly helped in her treatment and healing process.

03/20/2015: Fairytale Fridays bring magic and joy to pediatric patients

On her last day at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), a young patient was getting ready to go home when Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” appeared in the doorway.

03/20/2015: Shhh … Phillips House 21 introduces best practices for noise reduction

The MGH’s window for a visit from The Joint Commission is now open. When surveyors arrive between now and August, they will be looking at all the ways the MGH exhibits Excellence Every Day. One example is the hospital’s success at consistently meeting the 2015 National Patient Safety Goals.

03/20/2015: LGBT Resource Group promotes inclusion

In recognition of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, the MGH LGBT Employee Resource Group will host a series of events to highlight the group’s commitment to providing support, education and outreach to the hospital community.

03/20/2015: A tradition continues

On Marathon Monday, AmyBeth Bourgault will make the trek from Hopkinton to Boston as part of the MGH Emergency Response team – and her mission is personal.

03/20/2015: Hospital ratings on social media appear to reflect quality of care

A new study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook’s five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care.

03/20/2015: Veterans Honor Roll unveiled

The MGH recently unveiled its honor roll of employee veterans which now hangs on the Employee Recognition Wall across from the MGH General Store.

03/18/2015: Large study shows heart CT scans equal with standard stress testing

A recent head-to-head clinical trial shows some benefits of coronary CTA over other diagnostic tests for heart disease.

03/17/2015: Genetic background determines whether aspirin/NSAIDS will reduce colorectal cancer risk

An analysis of genetic and lifestyle data from 10 large epidemiologic studies confirmed that regular use of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs appears to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in most individuals. The study also found that a few individuals with rare genetic variants do not share this benefit.

03/13/2015: Bariatric surgery appears to cut risks for serious asthma-related events

A study led by MGH investigators suggests that bariatric surgery can significantly reduce the risk of asthma attacks – also called exacerbations – in obese patients with asthma.

03/13/2015: New artwork brightens days

New artwork installed at MGHfC aims to have patients take their minds off of their hospital stay by inviting them to enjoy peaceful nature scenes and adventurous lands where animals roam.

03/13/2015: Happy New Year!

The MGH Chinese Scientists and Staff Association (CSSA) hosted its annual Lunar New Year’s Day Party March 6 in the Simches Building to welcome the Year of the Sheep.

03/13/2015: Partners Innovation helps move breakthroughs from bench to bedside

While the pillars of the overall Partners strategy revolve around care redesign and patient affordability, the strategy encompasses all components of the Partners mission, including teaching, research and community health as well as patient care.

03/13/2015: RACU introduces best practices for catheter use

Did you know that the MGH’s window for a visit from The Joint Commission is now open? When surveyors arrive between now and August, they will be looking at all the ways the MGH exhibits Excellence Every Day.

03/13/2015: MGH researchers develop app to study type 2 diabetes

A team from the MGH Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Healthteam officially launched GlucoSuccess, an iPhone app created to help researchers study type 2 diabetes.

03/13/2015: Honoring stars among us

Fifty staff members were honored during the sixth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation Breakfast, recognizing their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH.

03/13/2015: Weinstein looks forward to his 25th marathon

This April will mark the 25th time Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of the Hematology-Oncology Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children runs the Boston Marathon and 17th as captain of the MGH team supporting pediatric hematology-oncology.

03/12/2015: Hospital ratings on social media appear to reflect quality of care

A new study from MGH investigators finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebook’s five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care.

03/12/2015: Inflammatory factor IL-3 may play essential role in development of sepsis

A new study finds that Interleukin-3, an inflammatory factor most associated with allergic reactions, appears to have an important role in the overwhelming, life-threatening immune reaction called sepsis.

03/09/2015: Mood, Anxiety Disorders Common in Tourette Patients

A new study of Tourette syndrome (TS) led by researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and MGH has found that nearly 86 percent of patients who seek treatment for TS will be diagnosed with a second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes, and that nearly 58 percent will receive two or more such diagnoses.

03/09/2015: “Fairytale Fridays” Bring Magic and Joy to Pediatric Patients

Dance teacher Amy Stockton's volunteer program transforms the pediatric inpatient and intensive care areas into an enchanted world of dance and artistic expression, complete with a visit from a magical princess.

03/09/2015: Recent Books from the Division of Global Health

Recent publications on pediatric global health and clinical global health from the MGHfC Division of Global Health.

03/09/2015: Harvard-wide Middle East Youth in Crisis Program

Dr. Brett Nelson named Co-PI and director of a $10 million gift to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

03/06/2015: Going live with ellucid Policy Manager

The MGH has introduced its new policy manager system ellucid, which replaced the former system, Trove.

03/06/2015: Showcasing Excellence Every Day at the MGH

In anticipation of the MGH’s triennial visit by Joint Commission surveyors, an Ambulatory Joint Commission Educational Fair is scheduled to take place from 9 am to 2 pm on March 10 in the Thier Conference Room.

03/06/2015: Neurology residents practice what they preach

Several MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) neurologists are saying goodbye to carbohydrates and sweets for the month. In order to support their patients, spread awareness about the effectiveness of dietary therapy and raise funds for the department, six neurologists – both pediatric and adult – are participating in a Low Glycemic Index Therapy (LGIT) diet, which often is used in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy patients.

03/06/2015: In memoriam: Nancy Stackhouse

Nancy Stackhouse, a beloved member of the MGH family for 35 years, died Feb. 16 at the age of 55. Stackhouse worked as an administrative assistant at the MGH since 1995, most recently providing support in Radiation Oncology.

03/06/2015: MGH patient finds relief after months of debilitating pain

Albert Arillotta did not think things could get much worse after he was diagnosed with cancer. A father of three children and an avid golfer, 52-year-old Arillotta enjoyed a healthy, active lifestyle until the day he received shocking news after a CT scan: he had kidney cancer.

03/06/2015: It takes a mentor

Stephen Calderwood, MD, chief of Infectious Diseases and vice chair of the MGH Department of Medicine, was honored with the John T. Potts Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award.

03/06/2015: Run for MGH T-shirts available

The 2015 Boston Marathon is quickly approaching, and there are many ways staff can show their support for the hundreds of runners who are running in support of the hospital.

03/06/2015: Turn It Around youth group organizes drive to collect hats and gloves

In collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission, members of the Turn It Around youth group recently organized a hat and glove collection drive to help the homeless and individuals struggling with substance use disorder in Boston stay a bit warmer during this harsh winter.

03/05/2015: Oxytocin Nasal Spray Causes Men to Eat Fewer Calories

A synthetic nasal formulation of the hormone oxytocin reduced caloric intake in healthy men, particularly consumption of fatty foods, after a single treatment, a new study finds.

03/05/2015: Communication Workshop Enhances the Human Connection for Interns and Patients

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, interns and second-year residents have an opportunity to practice the art and science of good communcation in the longitudinal curriculum’s Communications Workshop.

03/04/2015: Study reveals mechanism behind most common form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease

A study from MGH and BWH researchers reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease produce the disorder’s devastating effects. The paper provides an possible explanation for the failure of drugs designed to block presenilin activity.

03/01/2015: March - April 2015 Harvard Magazine focuses on palliative care

Harvard Magazine spotlights the palliative care field and MGH clinicians.

02/27/2015: Honoring pioneers past and present

Quality and cost are two of the most important drivers of innovation in health care today. At the MGH, the Bowditch Prize is awarded annually to individuals or groups who are able to achieve substantial improvement in both of these areas.

02/27/2015: Eat right everywhere at the MGH

The success of the Choose Well, Eat Well traffic light labeling program – launched in the MGH Eat Street Café in 2010 – recently earned the hospital a grant from the Donaghue Foundation to expand the program to reach all patients and visitors.

02/27/2015: In memoriam: Robert Carey, MD

Robert Carey, MD, a longtime oncologist at the MGH, died Feb. 17 at the age of 80.

02/27/2015: MGH hosts community dialogue on race

It was a standing-room-only crowd in the O’Keeffe Auditorium during the hospital’s first “MGH Community Dialogue on Race: How Do We Move Forward?” program.

02/27/2015: ‘Speak Up for Safety’

The MGH will participate in National Patient Safety Awareness week, March 8 through March 14.

02/27/2015: Gifts that keep on giving

Spirit Halloween SuperStores representatives recently presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $34,985 as part of the company’s Spirit of Children program.

02/27/2015: TeleHealth helps blizzard-bound patients continue care

In light of the record-breaking snowfall throughout the Boston area, TeleHealth is proving to be an increasingly valuable tool for patients and clinicians. The program – the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies – enables both parties to connect more regularly and conveniently regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.

02/27/2015: Precious pear tree

The oldest living fruit tree in America – the Endecott Pear Tree, located at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care – may be surrounded by historic amounts of snow, but it continues to stand tall.

02/27/2015: The Division of Sleep Medicine Receives Program Accreditation

The Division of Sleep Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

02/26/2015: MGH study identifies neurons that help predict what another individual will do

MGH investigators have discovered two groups of neurons that play key roles in social interactions between primates – one that is activated when deciding whether to cooperate with another individual and another group involved in predicting what the other will do.

02/25/2015: New Artwork Brightens Days for Patients on Ellison 17 and 18

At the foot of every bed on the pediatric inpatient floors at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), watercolor trees sway in the wind and exotic animals come alive in brilliant brushstrokes. New artwork, created by students at the Waldorf School in Lexington, Mass., takes patients away from the hospital and into peaceful nature scenes and adventurous lands where animals roam.

02/25/2015: Mass General surgeon is developing life-saving "trauma foam"

David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, is developing an innovative, self-expanding foam that may help patients with severe internal bleeding survive long enough to reach a hospital and undergo surgery.

02/23/2015: Turn It Around Youth Group organizes drive to collect hats and gloves

The effects of the closing of the Long Island shelter are being felt all over the city, so it’s no surprise that when the Turn It Around Youth Group heard about the displacement of homeless men and women, the young people knew they had to act.

02/21/2015: 17-year-old with autism creates exceptional art

At first glance, it looks like Dominic Killiany is an ordinary 17-year-old. He lives with his mother and sister in Watertown, Massachusetts. He goes to a private school for children with autism, listens to music and takes part in a private gymnastics class. But Dominic also has an extraordinary talent — he’s a young artist with autism.

02/21/2015: At Seat at the Table raises funds for autism

A Seat at the Table took place on November 4 with cooking sensation Ina Garten, known to her legions of fans as the Barefoot Contessa. The event offered an intimate dining experience at Boston's Mandarin Oriental, and benefited Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children's Lurie Center for Autism.

02/21/2015: Help us discover new ways to treat the symptoms of autism

The Lurie Center's Research Program offers children, adolescents and adults a unique opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research studies. Learn how you can participate in an exciting study that is exploring a new autism treatment. This new treatment could potentially treat autism's core symptoms, including impaired communication and social skills.

02/18/2015: Protein that repels immune cells protects transplanted pancreatic islets from rejection

An approach developed by MGH investigators may provide a solution to the limitations that have kept pancreatic islet transplantation from meeting its promise as a cure for type 1 diabetes.

02/18/2015: Study finds physicians less likely than other health professionals to be divorced

The largest investigation of divorce rates among physicians has made what may be a surprising finding – physicians are actually less likely to be or to have been divorced than those in other occupations – including lawyers, nurses, and other health care professionals.

02/17/2015: Charlestown Community Health Assessment Online Survey now available

Charlestown residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning today. The survey can be taken online or in paper form.

02/13/2015: A match made at the MGH

Love sometimes sparks in unusual places or mysterious ways. Sometimes it takes years to evolve, and other times it is instant. Many MGH staff members have met their match while working together – or from afar – right here at the hospital, and a few share their stories.

02/13/2015: Celebrating victory

Matthew Provencher, MD, chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service and medical director and head team physician for the New England Patriots and Peter Asnis, MD, of Orthopædic Surgery and team physician for the Patriots pose with quarterback Tom Brady after the Patriots Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1.

02/13/2015: A duck boat ride to remember

Seventeen-year-old Keith Reissfelder was selected by several Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) staff members to board a duck boat Feb. 5 for the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory parade.

02/13/2015: Black and gold go red and pink

On Feb. 5, Boston Bruins players visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

02/13/2015: A survivor’s story: Uncovering the mystery of SCAD

The artery blockage behind all of Donna Grogan's heart attacks wasn’t caused by a buildup of plaque, as is the case with most heart attacks. Her blockage came from a piece of artery that had torn away, which is officially known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD.

02/13/2015: Healthy hearts

MGH staff joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement Feb. 6 to show their support for heart health.

02/13/2015: Revere Community Health Assessment Online Survey now available

Revere residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning today. The survey can be taken online or in paper form.

02/13/2015: Chelsea Community Health Assessment Online Survey now available

Chelsea residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning today. The survey can be taken online or in paper form.

02/13/2015: Revere Community Health Assessment Online Survey now available

Revere residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning today. The survey can be taken online or in paper form

02/09/2015: HPV Vaccination Not Linked to Riskier Sex

Receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine does not increase rates of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females. The vaccine, which can prevent cervical cancer in women, has had a low uptake, partly because of concerns about how it will affect adolescent sexual activity.

02/09/2015: Snowstorm update

Massachusetts General Hospital will remain open and operational throughout the storm, unless specifically noted.

02/09/2015: Treat your heart to a healthy diet

Just in time for American Heart Month, a new survey says Americans are confused about what it means to eat a heart-healthy diet. Armed with tips to tackle any confusion, MGH dietician Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, shares some diet tips that can help lower the risk for heart disease.

02/09/2015: Gifts that keep on giving

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) recently received a generous donation from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England.

02/09/2015: New pediatric Emergency Department opens

The newly-renovated emergency department (ED) at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) offers a welcoming space meant just for children and their families.

02/06/2015: Targeted prostate biopsy using image guidance detects more high-risk cancers

According to a recent study, targeted MRI-US fusion-guided biopsy diagnosed 30% more high-risk prostate cancers compared to standard biopsy.

02/06/2015: Bone Marrow Transplant team opens new lab

A ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Jan. 29 to officially open the new Bone Marrow Transplant Cellular Processing Laboratory.

02/06/2015: Brown honored

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Statistic Research Laboratory in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

02/06/2015: Grappling gridlock

It was the trifecta of traffic tie-ups on Feb. 3. Mountains of snow, weather-related accidents and MBTA delays created gridlock on the roads surrounding the MGH.

02/06/2015: Torchiana to lead Partners

David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicans Organization (MGPO), has been named president and CEO of Partners HealthCare.

02/06/2015: Gearing up for The Joint Commission survey

John Belknap, chief compliance officer, provides a detailed look at what The Joint Commission is, what MGH staff can expect and how to stay informed.

02/06/2015: What's Happening: Feb. 6, 2015

What's Happening: Feb. 6, 2015

02/05/2015: Researchers find link between microbiome, type 1 diabetes

Researchers from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the DIABIMMUNE Study Group have identified a connection between changes in gut microbiota and the onset of type 1 diabetes.

02/04/2015: MassGeneral Hospital for Children launches the world’s first Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Clinic

The Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Clinic will work with patients and families to further understand, diagnose, and treat Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

02/04/2015: MGH team identifies factors predicting infection risk in patients with serious burns

A team led by MGH investigators has identified a set of characteristics – including differences in gene expression – that may indicate which patients recovering from severe burns are at greatest risk for repeat infections. Predicting the risk of infection before it occurs would indicate which patients should receive preventive treatment and reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics in those at low risk.

02/04/2015: Little Words: A Mother Shares Her Son's Story Through Uplifting Memories

Ben Siedman loved decorating the Christmas tree with his family every year. One year since his death in 2014, Ben's mother shares the importance of the little words that made a big difference when Ben and his family spent time together during the holidays.

02/03/2015: MGH/MIT study identifies neurons important for induction of natural REM sleep

An MGH/MIT team has found that that activation of cholinergic neurons – those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – in two brain stem structures can induce REM sleep in an animal model. Better understanding of mechanisms that control different sleep states is essential to improved treatment of sleep disorders.

02/02/2015: New MGHfC clinic offers treatment for rare disorder

MassGeneral Hospital for Children will soon open the world’s first Pitt Hopkins Syndrome Clinic. Made possible by a generous donation from parents of two young women with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, the clinic will focus on providing knowledge-based medical care and serving the comprehensive medical needs of individuals with the disease.

02/02/2015: 'Do your job'

On Jan. 16, mascot Pat Patriot visited the MGH, recognizing two employees who have gone above and beyond.

01/30/2015: Pediatric Emergency Department Delivers Better Experience for Patients

In the pediatric Emergency Department, a welcoming space meant just for children and their families awaits.

01/30/2015: A new generation of scientists

Each winter – as a component of the MGH/Timilty Partnership, a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement – James P. Timilty Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders collaborate with MGH mentors on science projects and poster displays.

01/30/2015: MGH weathers winter storm Juno

The cataclysmic Blizzard of ’78 still haunts New Englanders and remains the benchmark by which all other nor’easters are judged. So when Mother Nature unleashed Juno on Jan. 26 and 27, yielding some 25 inches of snow in Boston, memories of that monumental snowstorm were front and center as MGHers rallied just as they did 37 years ago.

01/30/2015: Tickets to the big show

Two lucky MGH employees are heading to Super Bowl XLIX to watch the Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.

01/30/2015: Delivering with a midwife

Marie Henderson, CNM, MSN, director of the MGH Nurse-Midwifery Service, explains how midwifery has evolved and is an integral part of a multidisciplinary team at the MGH.

01/30/2015: MGH nurse promoted to colonel

Stephanie Kwortnik, RN, a clinical nurse specialist on Blake 12, was honored Jan. 16 with a new title – colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

01/30/2015: What's Happening: Jan. 30, 2015

What's Happening: Jan. 30, 2015

01/30/2015: New MGHfC clinic offers treatment for rare disorder

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will soon open the world’s first Pitt Hopkins Syndrome (PTHS) Clinic.

01/29/2015: Keep informed: Ebola update

For the past several months a team of experts representing many departments throughout Mass General has been discussing and planning strategies for all aspects of care and logistics related to managing Ebola virus disease safely should a patient with suspected Ebola come to the hospital.

01/27/2015: Mass General experts answer questions about breast density

Breast imaging experts at Massachusetts General Hospital explain the state's new breast density law and its impact on patients.

01/27/2015: Updated Opening Information

At this time, the Cancer Center will be open at 10am on Wednesday, January 28. If you have an appointment scheduled before 10am, a staff member will be in contact with you to reschedule your appointment.

01/26/2015: Antiangiogenesis drugs could make major improvement in tuberculosis treatment

Use of the same antiangiogenesis drugs that have improved treatment of some cancers may also help surmount persistent difficulties in treating tuberculosis, including the need for months-long treatment and the development of bacterial strains resistant to several different antibiotics.

01/26/2015: Buie Featured in Video Series for Autism Speaks

Timothy Buie, MD, director of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Lurie Center for Autism, discusses various topics surrounding gastroenterology issues and autism in a video series for Autism Speaks.

01/23/2015: MGHfC Clinicians Reflect on Experiences from When Their Children Were Patients

Three MGHfC clinicians reflected on lessons from when the roles of parent and provider roles were reversed and their children became patients.

01/21/2015: Patient’s "Toy Refresh” Gives Back to Ellison 17

When Tyler Holloway was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease last summer, his special precautions did not allow him leave his room or play with toys in the the Ellison 17 playroom. To say thank you for the outstanding care he received, Tyler donated toys to the newly renovated playroom on Ellison 17 so others could have toys to play with.

01/20/2015: Laxatives Q&A with Dr. Jaime Belkind-Gerson

Recent news reports have brought about concern over PEG3350, a common ingredient in laxatives used to relieve constipation in children. Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD, medical director of Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Nutrition, answers common questions about PEG3350, its safety and its use in children.

01/18/2015: High socioeconomic status increases perceived discrimination, depression risk in black young adults

Study finds greatest perceived discrimination in black young adults from most highly educated families, removing parental education's protective effect against depression. Release quotes Elizabeth Goodman, MD, of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, senior author on the paper.

01/16/2015: VAC offers hope to Vietnamese children

The Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center hosted its fifth annual Classical Benefit Dinner Concert at the Goethe-Institute in Boston on Dec. 7, 2014.

01/16/2015: Improving cancer detection with tomosynthesis

When Elaine Internicola, 68, went to the MGH Revere HealthCare Center for her routine mammogram last spring, she never expected it to be anything but routine.

01/16/2015: New year, better sleep

Better sleep is a resolution that should be on everyone’s list, according to Josna Adusumilli, MD, an MGH neurologist and sleep specialist. But when it comes to sleep, how much is enough and what is the best way to get restful sleep? Adusumilli explains.

01/16/2015: Right care, right place, right time

During Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds on Jan 8, Rachael McKenzie, RN, nurse director, Case Management, and Laurene Dynan, RN, Case Management specialist, examined the opportunities and challenges related to post-acute care.

01/16/2015: Celebrating MLK and YMCA Achievers

For more than three decades the New England Gospel Ensemble has entertained audiences with their uplifting voices. On Jan. 9 in the East Garden Room, they shared their music and messages of hope at the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) annual tribute to honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01/16/2015: Culinary creations

Students ages 10 to 17 are cultivating a love for cooking at an after-school program organized by the MGH Revere Youth Zone.

01/16/2015: MGH hosts hack-a-thon to spur innovation in Ebola fight

The MGH convened more than 120 clinicians, innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs for the Stop Ebola Hack-a-thon Dec. 13 and 14.

01/16/2015: Achieving savings on coronary arterial devices

As part of Partners HealthCare's commitment to improving patient affordability – by seeking savings and efficiencies while maintaining quality – a Partners Materials Management team worked to reduce spending on balloons and stents used as part of angioplasty and similar procedures.

01/16/2015: What's Happening: Jan. 16, 2015

What's Happening: Jan. 16, 2015

01/15/2015: Study identifies new targeted treatment strategy for some aggressive cancers

Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have identified the first potential treatment targeting a pathway by which several aggressive tumors maintain their ability to proliferate.

01/15/2015: Resiliency Program Open for Children with Chronic GI Issues

The Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a program called “Resilient Kids: A Mind Body Program” that teaches children how to cope more effectively with stress from chronic GI issues, like irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease.

01/12/2015: Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

A new study from MGH investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain, findings that pave the way for the exploration of potential new treatment strategies and may lead to an objective way of measuring the presence and intensity of pain.

01/12/2015: Potentially Targetable Signaling Pathway Generates Slowly Proliferating, Chemo-resistant Cancer Cells

A signaling pathway responsible for the generation of slowly proliferating cancer cells, which are hard to eradicate with current treatments and thought to be a cause of subsequent disease relapse, has been reported in a new study.

01/12/2015: Oh Baby!

Donna Hill and Spencer Weigman welcomed daughter Rylee Margaret Weigman into the world at 12:43 am on Jan. 1, making her the first baby born at the MGH – and in Boston – in 2015.

01/12/2015: Caroline’s cause

Caroline Murray is hoping to make a difference. The 9-year-old has been collecting funds for MGH Alzheimer’s research to help her grandmother and others who suffer from the disease.

01/12/2015: Converse customization

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Matt Bolduc, 7, customizes a Converse All Star sneaker at a Dec. 30, 2014 holiday event, made possible by a generous donation from Converse.

01/12/2015: Resiliency Program for Children with Chronic GI Issues Open for Enrollment

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is offering "Resilient Kids: A Mind Body Program" for children ages 12-18 with chronic GI issues.

01/09/2015: Partners to launch urgent care centers

Partners HealthCare will team with MedSpring Urgent Care to open and operate a number of urgent care clinics – called Partners Urgent Care – throughout eastern Massachusetts over the next five years.

01/09/2015: Marked on the map

The MGH Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic recently was named a Certified Duchenne Care Center by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

01/09/2015: Leffert lecture highlights palliative care

The MGH Palliative Care Division hosted its fourth annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture: Living Well in the Face of Serious Illness on Dec. 3, 2014 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.

01/09/2015: Hochedlinger honored with Jordan Endowed Chair

Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD, of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, was honored Nov. 20, 2014, with the first Gerald and Darlene Jordan Endowed Chair for the Center for Regenerative Medicine.

01/09/2015: Tackling hand hygiene

Ellie Carrieri, RN, of Ellison 7, was the winner of a New England Patriots jersey signed by quarterback Tom Brady for her work as an MGH Hand Hygiene Champion.

01/09/2015: Preparing for Partners eCare clinical launch at the MGH

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Sheraton Boston Hotel Dec. 10, 2014 for the Partners eCare Premiere event to celebrate an integrated demonstration of Epic, Partners’ new electronic medical record system.

01/09/2015: Center for Transplantation Sciences – A new partnership

The MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center and the Thier 8 Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory combined on Jan. 1 to form the Center for Transplantation Sciences.

01/09/2015: What's Happening: Jan. 9, 2015

What's Happening: Jan. 9, 2015

01/06/2015: Primary care physicians more likely to recommend careers as nurse practitioners than as physicians

While several physician groups have opposed the perceived replacement of physicians with nurse practitioners as primary care clinicians, a recent survey finds that more physicians would recommend that qualified students pursue careers as nurse practitioners than as primary care physicians.

01/06/2015: Sleep Duration, Restfulness, and Screens in the Sleep Environment

Coverage of study co-authored by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

01/06/2015: Resiliency Program for Children with Chronic GI Concerns Open for Enrollment

The Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital is offering "Resilient Kids: A Mind Body Program" for children ages 12-18 with chronic GI concerns.

01/01/2015: Increasing Surgical Options for Epilepsy Patients

Advances in pre-surgical evaluation methods have made it possible to more accurately identify the epileptogenic region and minimize risk of injury to the functional cortex, enabling more epilepsy patients to receive surgical treatment.

01/01/2015: 2015 Russell Museum Lectures

MGH Russell Museum lectures are free and open to the public. To register or for more information, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

12/30/2014: Cardiovascular Images Newsletter

Cardiovascular Images is a web-based monthly newsletter produced jointly by the Department of Radiology and the Department of Cardiology. Presented in case-study format and with plenty of actual clinical images, the newsletter provides physicians and healthcare professionals with factual and up-to-date information about cardiovascular examinations and procedures.

12/29/2014: Year of birth significantly changes impact of obesity-associated gene variant

Investigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born. A multi-institutional research team has found that a previously reported correlation between a specific gene variant and the risk of obesity primarily affects those born after 1942.

12/29/2014: Delivering the Pain Relief of Anesthesia Around the Globe

Lena Dohlman, MD, MPH, anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been honored for three decades of global humanitarian service.

12/29/2014: 2014: The year in review

The year in review: A look at some of the many notable events that took place in 2014.

12/23/2014: Research offers new treatment for severe stroke patients

A new study (MR CLEAN) demonstrates the benefit of minimally invasive approaches in the treatment of stroke.

12/23/2014: Research shows chest CTs prompted by chest X-rays reveal abnormalities for many patients

In a new study by researchers in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, over 40% of patients whose radiologist recommended a chest CT after an X-ray had clinically relevant findings, including cancer.

12/22/2014: For Babies, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Wall Street Journal article quotes Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

12/19/2014: Toys, toys ...

Katherine Kosman, MD, a resident in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, fills a box for the Toys for Tots holiday drive.

12/19/2014: Red Sox spread cheer

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Annie Flaherty, 4, is visited by Boston Red Sox players as part of the annual Red Sox Holiday Caravan on Dec. 12.

12/19/2014: Snappy Santa

Lizzy the Shark took a bite out of the holiday season on Dec. 15, visiting with MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients.

12/19/2014: ‘Let it sew’

In preparation for the holiday season, patients from MassGeneral Hospital for Children gathered to decorate festive scarves as part of the “Let It Sew” event.

12/19/2014: Elves rev up in Revere

MGH Revere HealthCare Center elves prepare for the center’s annual holiday toy drive

12/19/2014: In the ‘Nick’ of time

A 120-year-old male presented to the MGH Emergency Department on Dec. 11, after a sleigh accident and antler impalement to his chest following a recent trip overseas.

12/19/2014: Miracle of lights

Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, joined the Dec. 15 MGH Community Chanukah Celebration in the East Garden Room on the second night of Chanukah.

12/19/2014: Merry making

On Dec. 16, Charlestown Navy Yard staff celebrated the season at the annual MGH Holiday Reception hosted by President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

12/19/2014: Magical medleys

No holiday is complete without the sights and sounds of the annual MGH Chaplaincy Songfest.

12/19/2014: The gift that keeps on giving

Michael Haddad, a platelet donor at the MGH Blood Donor Center, fills out a gift tag for the annual Puppy Pals Program.

12/19/2014: Dashing through the MGHfC

Every year, dressed head-to-toe in red with a snowy white beard, surgeon Kevin Raskin, MD, and his helpers from the MGH Department of Orthopædics arrive from the North Pole delivering toys and games to MGHfC patients.

12/19/2014: Crafted with care

Stepping in as one of Santa’s elves, MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Jose Dejesus, 6, top photo, tinkers away on a wooden tool box during the second annual Woodworking Elf Workshop on Dec. 4.

12/19/2014: What's Happening: Dec. 19, 2014

What's Happening: Dec. 19, 2014

12/18/2014: High socioeconomic status increases perceived discrimination, depression risk in black young adults

An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth by increasing the discrimination they experience.

12/16/2014: New method identifies genome-wide off-target cleavage sites of CRISPR-Cas nucleases

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have developed a method of detecting, across the entire genome of human cells, unwanted DNA breaks induced by use of the popular gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases.

12/16/2014: Single genetic abnormality accelerates, removes the brakes on Ewing sarcoma tumor growth

The genetic abnormality that drives the bone cancer Ewing sarcoma operates through two distinct processes – both activating genes that stimulate tumor growth and suppressing those that should keep cancer from developing.

12/15/2014: Gee named chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology

Michael S. Gee, MD, PHD, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Radiology for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which was effective Nov. 17.

12/15/2014: Honoring military heroes

A recipient of the nation’s highest military honor for his role in the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, Pitts was a special guest speaker on Nov. 10 at Mission Gratitude – New England’s largest benefit concert for wounded warriors, which raised $1 million for the Home Base Program.

12/12/2014: 'From Curiosity, Creation’: HUBweek To Celebrate and Engage The People Who Are Changing The World

The Boston Globe, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to serve as the title partners of HUBweek, a new gathering of big ideas and bold solutions

12/12/2014: Preparation, principles and a powerful message key to a strong negotiation

The annual MGH Women in Leadership event, “The Art of Successful Negotiation,” was held Nov. 19 at the Starr Conference Center.

12/12/2014: Long-term results confirm success of MGH-developed laser treatment

The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at the MGH and previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients’ tumors while avoiding the damage to vocal quality caused by radiotherapy or by conventional laser or cold-instrument surgery.

12/12/2014: Bringing lessons to life

After applying chest compressions and rescue breaths, four fifth-grade girls from the Senior Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury successfully revived their simulated patients.

12/12/2014: 'From curiosity, creation’

The MGH has joined with the Boston Globe, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to organize and coordinate HUBweek – a weeklong festival of ideas, conversations and creative problem-solving next fall aimed at bringing forth insights and answers from thinkers and doers throughout the Greater Boston region and beyond.

12/12/2014: Perrin honored with John C. Robinson, MD, Chair in Pediatrics

James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, associate chair of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, was appointed first incumbent of the John C. Robinson, MD, Chair in Pediatrics, during a Nov. 3 reception in the Boston Liberty Hotel.

12/12/2014: Everyday extraordinary

Created and supported by the Mass General Cancer Center, the one hundred is an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community.

12/12/2014: What's Happening: Dec. 12, 2014

What's Happening: Dec. 12, 2014

12/11/2014: Members of the Department of Radiology recognized for their research by RSNA

Mass General radiologists and researchers were among the winning educational and scientific exhibits presented at the RSNA annual meeting last week.

12/10/2014: Targeting mitochondrial enzyme may reduce chemotherapy drug’s cardiac side effects

MGH investigators have identified two compounds that appear, in cellular and animal models, to block the cardiac damage caused by the important chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.

12/09/2014: Altered movement of white blood cells may predict sepsis in patients with major burns

A team of MGH investigators has identified what may be a biomarker predicting the development of the dangerous systemic infection sepsis in patients with serious burns.

12/09/2014: Long-term results confirm success of MGH-developed laser treatment for vocal-cord cancer

The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal-cord cancer, developed at MGH and previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients’ tumors while avoiding the damage to vocal quality caused by conventional treatments.

12/09/2014: Research of Angela E. Lin, MD

In addition to practicing clinical genetics at MGHfC, I conduct clinical research in the field of birth defects surveillance. Since 1997, I have been the clinical geneticist consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Birth Defects Monitoring Program (BDMP).

12/09/2014: Research of Josephine Lok, MD

The microvascular endothelium is instrumental in many processes in the brain, including oxygen delivery, barrier function, and response to inflammation. After brain trauma, microvasculature disturbances lead to increased permeability, vasoconstriction, and capillary occlusion, events which amplify the primary insult. An understanding of these endothelial responses to injury is important in the investigation of neuroprotective strategies during brain injury. This topic forms one major area of my research.

12/09/2014: Research of Kriston Ganguli, MD

Kriston Ganguli, MD is Pediatric Gastroenterologist at MGHfC, and is dedicated to patient care, her responsibilities as an Associate Fellowship Program Director, Quality Improvement as the division’s Physician Quality Champion as well as basic science research. She has held a long-term scientific interest in understanding the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and investigating preventive strategies for this potentially life-threatening disease of premature infants.

12/09/2014: Preventing obesity in the supermarket aisle

A year ago while I was rearranging the beverage display at Compare Supermarket in Chelsea, I thought to myself: “How did I get from medical school to the supermarket aisle?” The complete story is long- too long for this article- but my path from internal medicine residency and primary care practice to community-based research reflects an evolution in my thinking about prevention and health.

12/09/2014: Research of Kriston Ganguli, MD

Kriston Ganguli, MD is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at MGHfC, and is dedicated to patient care, her responsibilities as an Associate Fellowship Program Director, Quality Improvement as the division’s Physician Quality Champion as well as basic science research. She has held a long-term scientific interest in understanding the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and investigating preventive strategies for this potentially life-threatening disease of premature infants.

12/08/2014: Solid-state proteins maximize the intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

The MGH research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of natural protein structures surrounding the light-emitting portions of the protein molecules.

12/08/2014: 3D Imaging's Tele3D Service expands

The Tele3D Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital's 3D Imaging Service is now providing image processing for an expanded network of radiology practices.

12/05/2014: MGH book celebrates ‘wit, wisdom and untold tales’

A team of four MGH physicians and staff has published a book about MGH history.

12/05/2014: Metlay appointed Peter L. Gross, MD, Chair in Medicine

On Nov. 3, a reception at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation celebrated the establishment of the Peter L. Gross, MD, Chair in Medicine and the appointment of Joshua P. Metlay, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, as the inaugural incumbent.

12/05/2014: Partners eCare hosts Enterprise Premiere

Over the last year and a half, more than 500 MGH and MGPO employees have participated in the design of the Partners eCare system. On Dec. 10, Partners eCare will host an Enterprise Premiere, featuring a fully integrated demonstration of the complete system and specialty area breakout sessions.

12/05/2014: Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, named chief of Cardiology Division

Anthony Rosenzweig, MD, has been named chief of the MGH Division of Cardiology and co-director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.

12/05/2014: Catwalk for cancer

Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center, and Kate Robbins, a 10-year survivor of advanced stage lung cancer, were among the many models who walked the runway at the Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center Fall Benefit: Couture for Cancer Care at the Revere Hotel in Boston.

12/05/2014: Five thousand cases and counting

On Nov. 28, Joshua Caplin, left, participated in his 5,000th case as a physician assistant in the MGH Knight Center for Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics.

12/05/2014: Marking a milestone in Neurosurgery

Seventy-five years ago in October 1939, the MGH Neurosurgical Service was formally established at the MGH.

12/05/2014: What's Happening: Dec. 5, 2014

What's Happening: Dec. 5, 2014

12/04/2014: Flu Vaccines for Patients and Staff Available in the Blum Center

Patients and staff are encouraged to get the seasonal flu vaccine at the Blum Patient and Family Learning Center from December 8-10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

12/03/2014: Fourth Annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture

Fourth Annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture available for streaming online.

12/01/2014: New history book by MGH authors celebrates ‘wit, wisdom and untold tales’

A team of four Massachusetts General Hospital physicians and staff has published a book about MGH history: Voices of the Massachusetts General Hospital 1950–2000: Wit, Wisdom and Untold Tales.

12/01/2014: Getting Back to Active: Bob’s Story

Bob Hazelton lived with chronic acid reflux for years and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011. After his surgical team at Massachusetts General Hospital performed a minimally invasive esophagectomy, Bob has a healthy esophagus and is getting back to his active lifestyle.

12/01/2014: Endovascular Procedures to Prevent Ruptured Brain Aneurysms

A Massachusetts General Hospital neurosurgeon discusses the benefits and costs of several interventions to treat brain aneurysms and proposes a modification to the existing aneurysm classification system.

12/01/2014: Adrenal Masses and Surgically Correctable Hypertension

A surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital outlines causes of high blood pressure resulting from hormonally active adrenal masses, and the screening protocols to differentiate between them.

12/01/2014: Resolving the Paradox of Vitamin D Deficiency in Black Populations

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrated that the historic deficiencies in Vitamin D observed in African American populations are a result of conventional assays that neglect bioavailability.

12/01/2014: Earlier tPA Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers joined hospitals from around the country to demonstrate the effectiveness of a treatment for ischemic stroke and create a set of standards to expedite treatment delivery.

11/26/2014: Mass General Department of Radiology to present at RSNA 2014

Mass General radiologists and researchers will present over 150 papers and posters at the upcoming RSNA annual meeting.

11/25/2014: Two studies identify a detectable, pre-cancerous state in the blood

Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, “pre-malignant” state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will go on to develop blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myelodysplastic syndrome.

11/24/2014: Fostering a Culture of Psychological Safety

Improving patient safety through a culture of safety has been one of MGHfC’s goals since the Quality and Safety Leadership Team analyzed the results of the 2012 Safety Culture Survey.

11/21/2014: MGH, Samsung, MIT host medical hackathon

On Nov. 7, a group of clinicians, scientists and medical engineers gathered to kick off a medical hackathon co-hosted by the MGH and Samsung Electronics in collaboration with MIT Hacking Medicine.

11/21/2014: Art of healing

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patients and their families gathered for a festive afternoon of arts and music at the 10th annual Fall for the Arts: An International Celebration.

11/21/2014: Addressing musculoskeletal health disparities

Mood, mindset and coping strategies are often identified as major determinants of musculoskeletal pain and disability, but the impact of a patient’s ability to adapt to another culture or language remains unclear.

11/21/2014: MGH, Samsung, MIT host medical hackathon

On Nov. 7, a group of clinicians, scientists and medical engineers gathered to kick off a medical hackathon co-hosted by the MGH and Samsung Electronics in collaboration with MIT Hacking Medicine.

11/21/2014: Hockey fights cancer

Area hospital pediatric patients, including those from MassGeneral Hospital for Children, served as bench assistants at the Oct. 28 Boston Bruins game against the Minnesota Wild.

11/21/2014: A new and improved Proto magazine

Proto magazine will now print three annual issues instead of four, and protomag.com will be updated frequently with new stories, videos, slideshows, interactive graphics and other elements.

11/21/2014: Psychiatry celebrates 80 years

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the Department of Psychiatry hosted a daylong event on Nov. 7 at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

11/21/2014: Warren Triennial Prize to honor pioneer in cancer genetics

The 2014 Warren Triennial Prize and Symposium, to be held on Nov. 24, will honor Bert Vogelstein, MD, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

11/21/2014: What's Happening: Nov. 21, 2014

What's Happening: Nov. 21, 2014

11/20/2014: Mass. General Hospital’s Warren Triennial Prize to honor Bert Vogelstein, MD

The 2014 Warren Triennial Prize of Massachusetts General Hospital will be awarded to Bert Vogelstein, MD, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology and director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

11/20/2014: Mass. General-developed system reveals how our brains and bodies change as we fall asleep

MGH investigators have developed a system to accurately track the dynamic process of falling asleep, something has not been possible with existing techniques.

11/20/2014: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter November 2014

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

11/19/2014: Residential treatment may be first-line option for opioid-dependent young adults

An MGH study has found that a month-long, 12-step-based residential program linked to community-based follow-up care, enabled almost 30 percent of opioid-dependent participants to remain abstinent a year later. Previous research revealed that 83 percent of those who entered an office-based opioid treatment program had dropped out a year later.

11/19/2014: Mass General Neuroendovascular Care: New Technologies Help to Save Lives

“Every patient's problems, risk factors and social situations are so individual. Treatment should be individually tailored to best meet their needs and expectations” says Dr. Leslie-Mazwi.

11/18/2014: Neurosurgery Complements Neuroendovascular Care for Optimum Patient Outcomes

“One treatment doesn’t work for every patient. I am committed to strengthening our multidisciplinary team and working together to carefully assess each case so we can provide the highest quality care and increase patient volume,” says Dr. Patel

11/18/2014: Total Care for Pituitary Tumors

“Knowing that you’re going to have brain surgery, you absolutely want to find the very best,” said one patient diagnosed with a pituitary tumor who traveled from out of state to have her surgery and treatment at MGH. “I reached out to those who were truly experts in the field … and in the end it made a tremendous difference.” Finding the tiny tumors, and removing them, is the specialty of neurosurgeon Dr. Swearingen.

11/18/2014: Sleep Research: Do Try This At Home

About 10 percent of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder of nighttime breathing that disrupts sleep but often goes undiagnosed. Apnea can lead to daytime drowsiness, which puts people at risk of accidents and injuries. Poor sleep due to apnea or other causes also raises the chances of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease and stroke.

11/17/2014: Advocacy and awareness

Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, of the MGH Department of Dermatology travels every year to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress about issues affecting patient care. This year, she was accompanied by Daniel Sugai, MD, MGH’s first recipient of the AADA resident scholarship.

11/17/2014: Gatsby gala

The Julie Fund for Women’s Cancers celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Great Gatsby-themed gala Nov. 1 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza

11/14/2014: Serving those who served

The American Corporate Partners Veteran Mentoring Program, connecting veteran protégés with mentors for a yearlong mentorship, was highlighted at the annual Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast under the Bulfinch Tent on Nov. 11.

11/14/2014: A soccer kick for a cause

When MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient David Badaro, 11, found out he was invited to attend the New England Revolution’s final game of the season, he was elated.

11/14/2014: Tackling cancer one rock at a time

MassGeneral Hospital for Children recently teamed up with One Summit, a rock climbing program that helps pediatric cancer patients build courage and self-confidence to fight the disease.

11/14/2014: MGPO dinner honors clinical excellence

Nearly 700 physicians and guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of the MGPO at the Nov. 1 Physician Recognition Dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

11/14/2014: Integrated medical technology may ease Ebola’s complicated procedures

As health care workers across the country prepare for the possibility of treating a patient with Ebola, an MGH research team is working hard to rapidly identify technology-based solutions to support Ebola care.

11/14/2014: Wartime technology

The Department of Defense has awarded grants to two MGH investigators.

11/14/2014: What's Happening: Nov. 14, 2014

What's Happening: Nov. 14, 2014

11/13/2014: Direct drug screening of patient biopsies could overcome resistance to targeted therapy

A new screening platform using cells grown directly from tumor biopsy samples may lead to truly individualized treatment strategies that would get around the problem of treatment resistance, which limits the effectiveness of current targeted therapy drugs.

11/12/2014: Single molecular switch may contribute to major aging-related diseases

A study led by MGH investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer’s disease.

11/12/2014: Defective NPC1L1 gene found to protect against heart disease

By combing through the DNA of more than 100,000 people, researchers at Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and elsewhere have identified rare, protective genetic mutations that lower the levels of LDL cholesterol — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — in the blood.

11/12/2014: Mass General, Samsung, MIT Host Medical Hackathon

Mass General, Samsung Electronics, and MIT Hacking Medicine co-host clinicians, scientists, and medical engineers for medical hackathon to spur health care innovation.

11/10/2014: Surgeons honored for clinical excellence

Richard Goodenough, MD, and William Kastrinakis, MD, of the Division of Community Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital have been recognized for clinical excellence.

11/07/2014: Q&A: What is enterovirus?

Pediatricians from MGHfC's Department of Pulmonary Medicine discuss EV-D68, a strain of enterovirus that affects the lungs and airways.

11/07/2014: Blood donor honor roll

MGH staff were recognized for donating at least four times during the past year.

11/07/2014: Connecting clinical care and research

On Nov. 4, staff from the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care’s Fireman Vascular Center and the Heart Center’s Knight Center for Cardiovascular Therapy were highlighted at the Vascular Interventional Advances conference in Las Vegas.

11/07/2014: Bridging the gap between clinical research findings and patient care

The 12th annual Clinical Research Day, held Oct. 9, focused on the importance of bridging the gap between clinical research and patient care practice.

11/07/2014: Restoring quality of life

Shirley Burton, 87, is just one of the many patients who have benefited from the MGH Physical Therapy Services pulmonary rehabilitation program.

11/07/2014: Pioneer in nursing field retires

Diane Smith, RN, retires after five-decades in nursing.

11/07/2014: Starry afternoon

Each autumn, MGH Patient Care Services celebrates 12 extraordinary employees at the One Celebration of Many Stars Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

11/07/2014: A second chance at life

Living organ donors are a special group who have made the selfless choice to undergo surgery that is of no physical benefit to them.

11/07/2014: What's Happening: Nov. 7, 2014

What's Happening: Nov. 7, 2014

11/06/2014: New interdisciplinary center at MIT to focus on the microbiome and human health

This week, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announce the launch of the Center for Microbiome Informatics and Therapeutics, a new interdisciplinary center dedicated to advancing the understanding of the microbiome’s role in human biology and harnessing this knowledge to develop treatments for related illnesses.

11/04/2014: Inside Mass General Imaging

Watch this short video to learn more about the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and how we use advanced imaging technology to diagnose and treat patients at many stages of care.

11/03/2014: Therapeutic stem cells may treat brain tumors

Researchers from the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute have created toxin-resistant stem cells with the potential to treat brain cancer.

11/03/2014: MGH Centralized Flu Shot Program Now Open

The MGH Centralized Flu Shot Program is now open to staff and patients 18 years or older in the Wang Ambulatory Center Main Lobby

11/03/2014: Remembering Mayor Menino

The MGH remembers former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

11/01/2014: New investigative test detects genetic mutation in patients with papillary thyroid cancer

Research presented by Carrie C. Lubitz, MD, MPH, surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, suggests that a new blood-based, non-surgical test for patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has proven effective in detecting the presence of a genetic mutation known as BRAFV600E.

11/01/2014: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter June 2014

This issue examines the latest trends in Epilepsy research, clinical care and neurosurgery.

10/31/2014: Goldstein Appointed New Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, has been appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC.

10/31/2014: A walk down the aisle on Ellison 9

It was not part of their job description, but that did not stop nurses on the MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit from taking on the role of wedding planners so that a father could walk his daughter down the aisle.

10/31/2014: Cowboys, crayons and cheerleaders, oh my!

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients suited up for the annual Trick or Treat Halloween Parade on Oct. 30.

10/31/2014: Benefits Open Enrollment runs through Nov. 25

Open Enrollment for health and wellness benefits runs from Nov. 3 to 25.

10/31/2014: Rolling back school nutrition standards may threaten progress in addressing childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write the authors of an article that will appear in the Nov. 13 New England Journal of Medicine and has been released online.

10/31/2014: ‘When Domestic Violence Overlaps with Disability’

Panelists from the hospital and state agencies explored the special challenges health care professionals encounter providing care to patients with disabilities living with abuse.

10/31/2014: All aglow

Employees of all faiths and beliefs gathered to celebrate Diwali on Oct. 27 in the East Garden Room.

10/31/2014: Everyday heroes

Two MGH employees were honored with the Disability Champion Award on Oct. 21 at a breakfast sponsored by the Employees Disabilities Resource Group.

10/31/2014: What's Happening: Oct. 31, 2014

What's Happening: Oct. 31, 2014

10/30/2014: Four Years In, Payment Model Lowers Medical Spending, Improves Care

A new study suggests that a plan that uses global budgets for health care, an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model of reimbursement, has improved the quality of patient care and lowered costs during the four years since it was first implemented.

10/29/2014: Study identifies potential treatment target for cocaine addiction

Investigators from MGH and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Their study finds evidence that a small change in an important protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of drug abstinence.

10/29/2014: Rolling back school nutrition standards would threaten progress against childhood obesity

Efforts to roll back current nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program could jeopardize gains made in the fight against childhood obesity, write two MassGeneral Hospital for Children-affiliated pediatricians in an article that will appear in the November 13 New England Journal of Medicine.

10/27/2014: Can statin treatment cut cardiovascular risk in HIV-infected patients?

A nationwide study based at MGH will investigate, for the first time, whether treatment with a statin drug can reduce the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.

10/27/2014: PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function

MGH investigators have identified changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy and found evidence that metabolism in a different structure might predict which patients are likely to respond to that form of therapy.

10/27/2014: Colleges Could Do More for Students With Chronic Ills, Study Finds

Only half of campus clinics felt they could handle diabetes care, and many don't identify students with needs

10/24/2014: Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem cells loaded with cancer-killing herpes viruses, now has a way to genetically engineer stem cells so that they can produce and secrete tumor-killing toxins.

10/24/2014: Outdoors Rx Expansion

Appalachian Mountain Club and MassGeneral Hospital for Children Team Up with WGBH on Outdoors Rx Expansion: Outdoor prescription program expands to Chelsea and Revere, includes new science education activities from WGBH’s PLUM LANDING

10/24/2014: VA visit

The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, visited the MGH Oct. 16 to speak at Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

10/24/2014: Singing the praises of ‘unsung heroes’

The Unsung Hero Awards recognize MGH staff who have gone above and beyond to help survivors of domestic violence. This year, three employees were honored at an Oct. 17 ceremony.

10/24/2014: Storybook Ball a sweet success

A bit of Willy Wonka magic inspired more than 500 people to raise $1.8 million for MassGeneral Hospital for Children during the 15th annual Storybook Ball.

10/24/2014: Phillips Society legacy grows stronger

One hundred and sixty-five MGH supporters recently gathered for the 9th annual Phillips Society Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston to celebrate the present – and the future.

10/24/2014: Pharmacists promote safety

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have used National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week, Oct. 19 to 25, to underscore the many new and vital roles they play in patient care.

10/24/2014: ‘Mission Gratitude’’

Entertainer Harry Connick Jr. will headline Mission Gratitude, hosted by the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program.

10/24/2014: Happy Halloween

On Oct. 17, volunteers from the retail chain Spirit Halloween brought Halloween cheer to Ellison 18 with the Spirit of Children program, complete with costumes, decorations, games and crafts.

10/24/2014: Ether Day applause

Every October, the MGH community celebrates the anniversary of the first successful public demonstration of ether as a surgical anesthetic. In doing so, the hospital also celebrates staff as they reach milestones in their commitment to the hospital.

10/24/2014: Keep informed: Ebola update

The MGH remains vigilant in its preparation strategies on all aspects of care should a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease come to the hospital.

10/24/2014: Caring community

Members of the Revere on the Move task force, part of the Revere CARES coalition, joined their neighbors and organized the rebuilding of the Louis Pasteur Park in the Beachmont neighborhood of Revere.

10/24/2014: What's Happening: Oct. 24, 2014

What's Happening: Oct. 24, 2014

10/23/2014: Taylor family makes large donation to support the work of a Mass General surgeon

Singer James Taylor and his family make a substantial donation to MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the efforts of Dr. William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., who performs life-changing surgery on children around the world.

10/17/2014: Study finds inconsistent achievement of guidelines for acute asthma care in hospital EDs

A study comparing the care delivered to patients coming to hospital emergency departments for acute asthma attacks in recent years with data gathered more than 15 years earlier finds that, while achievement of most guidelines defining appropriate pharmacologic treatments for particular patients improved, hospitals did less well in meeting several other guidelines.

10/15/2014: MGH and MIT form strategic partnership to address major challenges in clinical medicine

A novel partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology is addressing three major challenges in clinical medicine – improving the diagnosis of disease, developing new approaches to prevent and treat infectious and autoimmune diseases, and developing more accurate methods of diagnosing and treating major neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

10/14/2014: Ebola update

For the past several months a team of experts representing many departments throughout Mass General has been discussing and planning strategies for all aspects of care and logistics related to managing Ebola virus disease safely should a patient with suspected Ebola come here.

10/14/2014: Partners Biobank: Enabling personalized medicine

More than a dozen studies are now underway thanks to the participation of thousands of patients who have contributed to the Partners HealthCare Biobank.

10/13/2014: Chemical present in broccoli, other vegetables may improve autism symptoms

A small study led by investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has found evidence that daily treatment with sulforaphane – a molecule found in foods such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – may improve some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders.

10/12/2014: Novel culture system replicates course of Alzheimer’s disease, confirms amyloid hypothesis

An innovative laboratory culture system has succeeded, for the first time, in reproducing the full course of events underlying the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Using the system they developed, MGH investigators provide the first clear evidence supporting the hypothesis that deposition of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a cascade leading to the devastating neurodegenerative disease.

10/11/2014: Oral capsule as effective as invasive procedures for delivery of fecal transplant

A noninvasive method of delivering a promising therapy for persistent C. difficile infection appears to be as effective as treatment via colonoscopy or through a nasogastric tube.

10/10/2014: Love for a dog just as deep

It has become common for people who have pets to refer to themselves as “pet parents,” but how closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship?

10/10/2014: Think pink

The MGH Bakeshop team whipped up special pink cupcakes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

10/10/2014: Big Papi’s big heart

Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz hit a home run with pediatric patients and their families when he visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children Oct. 2.

10/10/2014: ‘Muchas gracias’

Since 2005, 14 MGHers have joined Ernesto González, MD, on the list of past recipients of the Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community. At an Oct. 3 ceremony in the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, another two names were added.

10/10/2014: Exercise breast cancer prevention

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and reminders are everywhere for women to remain vigilant about screening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle – including daily exercise. Lidia Schapira, MD, medical oncologist with the MGH Center for Breast Cancer, shares her insights on the benefits of staying fit.

10/10/2014: Breaking the silence

On Oct. 7, Patty Quatieri, a personal advocate for abuse victims with disabilities, shared her story with MGH staff and patients during a presentation, “Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors with Disabilities,” held at the Maxwell & Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center.

10/10/2014: What's Happening: Oct. 10, 2014

What's Happening: Oct. 10, 2014

10/03/2014: Vitamin D supplements significantly improve symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis in children

A study conducted in more than 100 Mongolian schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

10/03/2014: Mass. General study suggests neurobiological basis of human-pet relationship

How closely does the relationship between people and their non-human companions mirror the parent-child relationship? A small study from a group of MGH researchers contributes to answering this complex question by investigating differences in how important brain structures are activated when women view images of their children and of their own dogs.

10/03/2014: ABC to film documentary at MGH

ABC News will begin filming a documentary series, tentatively titled “Golden Hour,” at the MGH on Oct. 6.

10/03/2014: Ebola: Separating fact from fiction

Recently, the MGH Center for Global Health convened members of the MGH community for a seminar discussing a range of issues related to the Ebola outbreak, including the latest research, hospital preparedness and reports from the field.

10/03/2014: Goldstein named surgeon-in-chief of MGHfC

Allan M. Goldstein, MD, FACS,has been named chief of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, effective Oct. 1.

10/03/2014: Kit available for opioid overdoses

To help prevent opioid overdose deaths, any MGH patient now can request intranasal Naloxone without a prescription at the MGH Outpatient Pharmacy in Boston or Revere.

10/03/2014: Calling all runners to the 2015 Boston Marathon

The MGH is now accepting applications for the 119th Boston Marathon, which will be held on April 20, 2015.

10/03/2014: Tackling obesity early

Elsie Taveras, MD, MHP, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and director of Pediatric Population Health Management addresses the prevalence of obesity in children during a Sept. 30 lecture – “Obesity Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Children: The Importance of Prevention in Early Life.”

10/03/2014: What's Happening: Oct. 3, 2014

What's Happening: Oct. 3, 2014

10/03/2014: Tarbell receives multiple honors

Nancy Tarbell, MD, has been selected to receive the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2014 Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award and one of three 2014 Gold Medals bestowed by the American Society of Radiation Oncology.

10/01/2014: Delayed introduction to gluten appears not to prevent celiac disease in at-risk infants

An study led by investigators at the MGHfC Center for Celiac Research and Treatment finds that neither breastfeeding nor delaying the introduction of gluten-containing foods prevents or delays the development of celiac disease in at-risk children.

10/01/2014: ‘Smart’ Bandage Emits Phosphorescent Glow for Healing Below

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers has created a paint-on, see-through, “smart” bandage that glows to indicate a wound’s tissue oxygenation concentration.

10/01/2014: Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014 at Mass General

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Mass General Imaging is hosting educational events to support women's breast health. Learn more about this year's events in Boston, Waltham, Danvers, Revere and Chelsea.

10/01/2014: Harvard Medical School welcomes the Harvard Medical School Orthopedic Trauma Initiative

The primary purpose of this Initiative is to foster collaboration amongst the orthopedic trauma services at all four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals in Boston: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Boston Children’s Hospital; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Massachusetts General Hospital.

09/27/2014: Crizotinib treatment effective against ROS1-positive lung cancer

Treatment with the targeted therapy drug crizotinib effectively halts the growth of lung tumors driven by rearrangements of the ROS1 gene

09/26/2014: Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

Policies put into place by major funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health, and to a lesser extent by scientific journals, appear to be meeting the goal of increasing the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators.

09/26/2014: Shining a light on addiction

More than 200 people attended the Revere Beach Memorial on Sept. 21.

09/26/2014: Understanding enterovirus D68

Enteroviruses are relatively common; however, a particular strain – enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) – is sweeping the country, leaving sick children and concerned parents in its wake.

09/26/2014: Fireman Vascular Center established, Jaff named Chair in Vascular Medicine

The MGH community had two reasons to celebrate on Sept. 22 – the establishment of the Fireman Vascular Center and the creation of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Chair in Vascular Medicine.

09/26/2014: Sweet twist

The 2014 My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign celebrated the final week of its annual fundraising efforts with a special weeklong sale of blue and orange cupcakes made by Nutrition and Food Services and sold at eateries around campus.

09/26/2014: Hearts in the right place

Sixteen teams formed by the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care painted the town red when they participated in the 2014 American Heart Association (AHA) Boston Heart Walk on Sept. 6.

09/26/2014: Home Base hosts tour

The most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Army visited the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program on Sept. 12.

09/26/2014: Januzzi first incumbent of Hutter Family Professorship

James Januzzi, MD, director of the MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, was honored Sept. 8 in a ceremony at Harvard Medical School (HMS) as the first incumbent of the Hutter Family Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Cardiology.

09/26/2014: A pitcher’s promise

Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow walked off the baseball field and into patient rooms at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sept. 15.

09/26/2014: A vision for gender equity

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of the University of Michigan and formerly of the MGH, was the keynote speaker at the annual Women in Medicine Month Reception hosted by the MGH Center for Faculty Development’s Office for Women’s Careers.

09/26/2014: What's Happening: Sept. 26, 2014

What's Happening: Sept. 26, 2014

09/22/2014: Mass. General study reveals gene expression patterns in pancreatic circulating tumor cells

Analysis of circulating tumor cells in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer identified distinct patterns of gene expression in several groups of CTCs, including significant differences from the primary tumor that may contribute to the ability to generate metastases and prove to be targets for improved treatment of the deadly tumor.

09/22/2014: Flu shots on the fly

The peak of flu season is still months away, but it’s never too late to get a jump-start on prevention. To help protect staff and patients from the spread of the flu, the MGH is offering a number of free flu clinics beginning Sept. 22.

09/22/2014: Flu shots on the fly

The peak of flu season is still months away, but it’s never too late to get a jump-start on prevention. To help protect staff and patients from the spread of the flu, the MGH is offering a number of free flu clinics beginning Sept. 22.

09/19/2014: In memoriam: Kenneth D. Bloch, MD

Kenneth D. Bloch, MD, a cardiologist in the Department of Medicine, died on September 13 at the age of 58.

09/19/2014: MGH appreciates

The appreciation luncheon for managers and supervisors is held every fall in conjunction with a leadership meeting to thank managers and supervisors for their contributions to the MGH mission.

09/19/2014: A brush with history

The unveiling of the John D. Stoeckle, MD, portrait and the conference room named in his honor were celebrated on Sept. 11.

09/19/2014: Wilhelm named chief of Psychology

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently named Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, chief of Psychology.

09/19/2014: Slime fun

On Sept. 11, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic on Yawkey 8 was transformed into a slime fest.

09/19/2014: MAO awards highlight advancement

The MAO Award program supports research, education and clinical innovation, along with community and global health projects of faculty underrepresented in medicine.

09/19/2014: Color MGH happy

A new hue decorated the MGH this week as employees donned blue and orange in celebration of the 2014 My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign.

09/19/2014: What's Happening: Sept. 19, 2014

What's Happening: Sept. 19, 2014

09/16/2014: Point-of-care CD4 testing is economically feasible for HIV care in resource-limited areas

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, working in collaboration with colleagues in Mozambique and South Africa, indicates that routine point-of-care CD4 testing at the time of HIV diagnosis could be cost effective in countries where health care and other resources are severely limited.

09/15/2014: Research shows improved recall rates and cancer detection with breast tomosynthesis

A large-population study found that breast tomosynthesis is associated with better performance for breast cancer screening.

09/12/2014: The pursuit of knowledge

Seven employees were honored during the 2014 AMMP Scholarship Awards Ceremony Sept. 4.

09/12/2014: Emergency Medicine recognized as HMS academic department

Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS, announced in August, that after an in-depth review, HMS will establish a new academic Department of Emergency Medicine effective Oct. 1.

09/12/2014: Run of Hope raises awareness and funds for pediatric cancer

Nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 27th annual Run of Hope Boston, hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Boston to benefit the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

09/12/2014: Score!

I-PASS do you? The implementation of a new handover communication program is underway at the MGH.

09/12/2014: Marking PAD awareness month

September is PAD awareness month, and in recognition Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the Mass General Fireman Vascular Center and chair of the Mass General Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses some questions about the disease.

09/12/2014: Donating one tap at a time

MGH employees welcomed a new season of giving on Sept. 3, as they gathered on the Bulfinch Patio for the launch of the 2014 My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign and introduced Tap to Give, a new initiative making it easier than ever for employees to donate to the campaign.

09/12/2014: MGH partners with One Fund

The One Fund Boston, the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently announced the creation of the One Fund Center, a collaboration offering ongoing care to those affected by the often invisible, yet persistent injuries sustained during the Boston Marathon bombings.

09/12/2014: What's Happening: Sept. 12, 2014

What's Happening: Sept. 12, 2014

09/11/2014: A non-toxic strategy to treat leukemia

A study comparing how blood stem cells and leukemia cells consume nutrients found that cancer cells are far less tolerant to shifts in their energy supply than their normal counterparts. The results suggest that there could be ways to target leukemia metabolism so that cancer cells die but other cell types are undisturbed.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

09/10/2014: A family faces their high risk of aneurysm together

After Sharon Shea was stricken with an aneurysm, she had life-saving, emergency surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. During her recovery, her family history emerged and helped get treatment for her son.

09/08/2014: Arteriovenous malformation triggers a patient's near-fatal hemorrhage

Software engineer Lori Corbani was never sick. Yet one day, she was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a near-fatal brain hemorrhage triggered by a congenital condition.

09/08/2014: Decompressing After School: Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many children and teens on the autism spectrum expend a lot of energy to “hold it together” just to make it through the school day. When they get home from school they could benefit from a little time to decompress. Here are strategies parents can use to help facilitate this process.

09/03/2014: Digital mammography system developed at Mass. General Hospital receives FDA approval

A digital mammography system developed based on concepts originally tested at MGH has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

09/03/2014: One Fund Center Launches in September to Offer Ongoing Care for those affected by the Marathon Bombings

The One Fund Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary today announced the creation of the One Fund Center, a collaboration that will offer ongoing care to those affected by the often invisible, yet persistent, injuries sustained in the Boston Marathon bombings.

09/02/2014: Cannabis withdrawal symptoms common among adolescents treated for substance use disorder

Although cannabis – commonly known as marijuana – is broadly believed to be nonaddictive, a study by MGH investigators found that 40 percent of cannabis-using adolescents receiving outpatient treatment for substance use disorder experienced symptoms of withdrawal, which are considered a hallmark of drug dependence.

09/02/2014: EMD Serono and Massachusetts General Hospital Collaborate

EMD Serono Research and Development Institute, Inc., a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, entered into a collaborative research agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to further the understanding of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Lupus Nephritis pathogenesis

08/29/2014: Overcoming organ donation obstacles

The MGH and the New England Organ Bank are critical allies in increasing organ donation.

08/29/2014: Head games – the impact of concussions

As fall sports commence, Walter Panis, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Clinic and the MGH Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, explains the ins and outs of concussions.

08/29/2014: Hausman Fellowship – a model for diversity

The Hausman Fellowship program launched in 2007 with only one fellow. The following year, there were just three. But at the Aug. 22 graduation ceremony in the Haber Conference Room, 16 fellows were honored.

08/29/2014: Let the giving begin

Following the June introduction of Operation 5,000, a successful new fundraising event, the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign will launch its annual drive with a celebration under the Bulfinch tent on Sept. 3.

08/29/2014: The thrill of the drill

Thirteen MGH staff members recently traveled to Palo Alto, California, to participate in a mock humanitarian disaster at the Stanford Medical Campus.

08/29/2014: Determined to succeed

The Aspire Adult Internship Program at the Lurie Center for Autism helps adults gain valuable experience in the work world.

08/29/2014: Camp comes to the kids

Summer may be coming to a close for some but not for patients at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

08/29/2014: What's Happening: Aug. 29, 2014

What's Happening: Aug. 29, 2014

08/28/2014: Circulating tumor cell clusters more likely to cause metastasis than single cells

Circulating tumor cell clusters – clumps of from 2 to 50 tumor cells that break off a primary tumor and are carried through the bloodstream – appear to be much more likely to cause metastasis than are single CTCs, according to a study from investigators at the MGH Cancer Center.

08/26/2014: Study calls into question link between prenatal antidepressant exposure and autism risk

Previous studies that have suggested an increased risk of autism among children of women who took antidepressants during pregnancy may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression.

08/26/2014: Research of Inderneel Sahai, MD

Inderneel Sahai, MD, is an attending physician in the Genetics and Metabolic Disorders Unit at MGHfC. In addition to her practice at MGHfC, Inderneel Sahai, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of the New England Newborn Screening Program, University of Massachusetts. Her primary interests and research are focused on the Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Disorders Detectable by Newborn Screening.

08/26/2014: Research of Michael Whalen

Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. Currently, therapy for childhood TBI is focused on controlling intracranial hypertension and minimizing secondary brain injury that may occur with hypotension, hypoxemia, seizures, fever, and other physiological insults.

08/26/2014: Medical Education for the Modern Student

Education is central to the mission of MassGeneral Hospital for Children. The education mission stretches the spectrum from medical students to residents to fellows to faculty. Indeed some of the techniques used to teach these medical learners are now used in pediatric patient education.

08/26/2014: Mass General is pioneering advances in global surgery

The Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital is working with the Mass General Center for Global Health to help strengthen health care infrastructure in developing countries and provide medical and surgical care to those in need.

08/22/2014: All in the family

It is often said that working at the MGH is like working with family – for many employees it literally is.

08/22/2014: Slaugenhaupt named scientific director of MGH Research Institute

Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, of the MGH Center for Human Genetic Research and professor in the Department of Neurology, has been named the first scientific director of the MGH Research Institute.

08/22/2014: Shark surprise

Shark Week came to an official end at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Aug. 20 with a special visit from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

08/22/2014: Seeking Partners in Excellence nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for a 2014 PIE award is Sept. 12.

08/22/2014: Flashback Friday – First New England foot replant

Exactly 29 years ago today, a story was published in MGH Hotline about a unique patient at the hospital.

08/22/2014: Evins named first incumbent of the William Cox Family Professorship

Anne Eden Evins, MD, MPH, director of the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine, recently was recognized for her exceptional work in this area as the first incumbent of the William Cox Family Professorship in Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine Harvard Medical School.

08/22/2014: Albers honored with Wilkens endowed chair

Mark Albers, MD, PhD, of the Department of Neurology, was named the first incumbent of the Frank Wilkens, Jr. and Family Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

08/22/2014: What's Happening: Aug. 22, 2014

What's Happening: Aug. 22, 2014

08/19/2014: Extended support helps patients stay smoke-free after hospital discharge

An MGH program described in the August 20 issue of JAMA increased the proportion of hospitalized smokers who successfully quit smoking after discharge by more than 70 percent.

08/19/2014: Repeat ED visits for acute heart failure suggest need for better outpatient care

Almost one-third of acute heart failure syndrome patients seen in hospital emergency departments in Florida and California during 2010 had ED visits during the following year, findings that suggest a lack of appropriate outpatient care.

08/18/2014: Mass. General-developed device monitors key step in development of tumor metastases

A microfluidic device developed at Massachusetts General Hospital may help study the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, a fundamental change in cellular characteristics that has been associated with the ability of tumor cells to migrate and invade other sites.

08/15/2014: MGH Summer Jobs celebrates another successful season

Students from the MGH Summer Jobs program said so long to summer and to six-weeks of summer jobs culminating with a celebration in the O’Keeffe Auditorium on Aug. 13.

08/15/2014: Connected care

Julie Perkins was one of the first to use the MassGeneral Hospital for Children's iPad telemedicine technology following her five-year-old daughter Fiona's recovery from reconstructive airway surgery.

08/15/2014: STEM camp inspires growth

Seventeen young aspiring scientists and health care professionals recently participated in the MGH Youth Scholars five-day Science Technology Engineering and Math Camp.

08/15/2014: Cruisin’ with cops

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Cancer Center patients and their families cruised the Boston Harbor aboard the Boston Police Harbor Patrol Boat on July 31 as part of an event hosted by Cops for Kids with Cancer.

08/15/2014: Nurses set sail

A large group of MGH Cancer Center nursing staff from Lunder 9 and 10 set out on the open sea for a summer sail in Marblehead Aug. 7 with the Haverhill-based nonprofit Sailing Heals.

08/15/2014: Mind over matter

The MGH Wellness Center and Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine offers group mind-body intervention as a plausible option for treating anxiety and depression.

08/15/2014: Fundraising and fighting for a cure

In 2012, when 30-year-old Quincy resident Alex Cellucci was nine months pregnant, she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, enabling tumors to grow on any nerve in the body.

08/15/2014: New MGH/MGPO policy management system

This fall, nearly 1,500 MGH/MGPO policies stored and managed in Trove online Policy Library will be converted to a system called ellucid Policy Manager

08/15/2014: Dousing for donations

The MGH ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic and the Northeast ALS Consortium participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 8.

08/15/2014: What's Happening: Aug. 15, 2014

What's Happening: Aug. 15, 2014

08/15/2014: Awards and Honors: Aug. 15, 2014

Awards and Honors: Aug. 15, 2014

08/13/2014: Treatment with lymph node cells controls dangerous sepsis in animal models

An immune-regulating cell present in lymph nodes may be able to halt severe cases of sepsis, an out-of-control inflammatory response that can lead to organ failure and death.

08/12/2014: Grants announced for Building a Healthier Charlestown

Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital recently announced the distribution of $118,628 in grant funding through Building a Healthier Charlestown to two Charlestown collaboratives.

08/08/2014: Hands-on health care

The MGH annually hosts the YMCA Summer Teen Achievers during a week in which teenagers from the program visit various health care institutions to gain hands-on experiences and explore potential careers.

08/08/2014: MGH Blood Donor Center moving back to Jackson

On Aug 9, the MGH Blood Donor Center, currently located on White 12, will relocate to the first floor Jackson lobby, in room 120.

08/08/2014: Wilens named chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The MGH Department of Psychiatry recently announced that Timothy E. Wilens, MD, has been named the new chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, effective Aug. 1.

08/08/2014: New guidelines for “gluten-free”

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children celebrated a milestone Aug. 5, when new Food and Drug Administration standards for gluten-free labeling went into effect.

08/08/2014: Get swapping!

Looking to get rid of some unwanted office items? Look no further – the Partners Swap Shop is back in business.

08/08/2014: Tolkoff-Rubin honored with endowed chair in renal transplantation

On July 17, the MGH celebrated the establishment of the MGH Endowed Chair in Renal Transplantation and its first incumbent Nina Tolkoff-Rubin, MD, medical director of the MGH Renal Transplantation Program.

08/08/2014: Managing adult congenital heart disease

In order to address the value of wellness in adults patients with congenital heart disease, doctors and nurses from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program have launched the ACHD Health and Wellness Program at MGH West in Waltham.

08/08/2014: Hornicek named first Mankin Endowed Scholar

Henry Mankin, MD, an honorary staff member and former chief of the MGH Department of Orthopædics, was recently recognized with a professorship named in his honor: the Henry J. Mankin, MD, Endowed Scholar in Orthopædics.

08/08/2014: Magic in the making

David Oliver, a well-known magician from Weymouth, awaited a double lung transplant in the spring of 2014, close to death. When he arrived at the MGH, he had to undergo ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

08/08/2014: What's Happening: Aug. 8, 2014

What's Happening: Aug. 8, 2014

08/06/2014: Increased adoption of complex care management can help meet cost savings, quality goals

In a New England Journal of Medicine article and a issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund, two Massachusetts General Hospital physicians and their co-authors outline best practices in complex care management, discuss barriers to wider adoption of the approach and describe potential strategies to surmount those barriers.

08/05/2014: FDA Implements Safety Standards for Gluten-Free Labeling

Celiac patients and other consumers trying to sort the gluten-free from the gluten-filled, will have an easier time after August 5, when the FDA standards for gluten-free labeling go into effect.

08/01/2014: The journey home

Lacy Neff, a radio broadcaster from West Virginia, recently underwent a heart transplant as part of his treatment plan for amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when amyloid proteins accumulate in the organs. The MGH is one of only seven hospitals in the United States studying cardiac amyloid transplants – and the only one in the Northeast.

08/01/2014: Department of Medicine – The road ahead

The Department of Medicine has created a roadmap that will fuel innovations in treatment, care and prevention for the next decade.

08/01/2014: Prestigious award honors best in transplantation

David Sachs, MD, founder and scientific director of the MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center received the Medawar Prize at the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco on July 29.

08/01/2014: A grand slam for Home Base

The energy at Fenway Park on the morning of July 19 was palpable. More than 2,600 people – including 500 active service members of the military – came together for the 5th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance.

08/01/2014: Back in the game

After suffering with debilitating symptoms for almost two years, 19-year-old Trevor Kenkel of Montana is finally looking forward to a bright future.

08/01/2014: Helping to heal

On July 19, a free one-day bereavement program for children, teens and their parents was offered by the Comfort Zone Camp in partnership with the MGH at the Institute for Health Professions.

08/01/2014: What's Happening: August 1, 2014

What's Happening: August 1, 2014

08/01/2014: Exploring the Genetic Causes of Atrial Fibrillation in Four Dimensions

Massachusetts General Hospital is working together with experts from across the globe to investigate the genetic causes of atrial fibrillation, as part of a $6m Network funded by the Leducq Foundation.

08/01/2014: Emergency surgery saves beloved mother with Alzheimer's disease

When a patient with advanced Alzheimer's disease arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital with a life-threatening condition, her family and the medical team faced a difficult decision to perform life-saving surgery.

07/31/2014: Innovative “genotype first” approach uncovers protective factor for heart disease

Extensive sequencing of DNA from thousands of individuals in Finland has unearthed scores of mutations that destroy gene function and are found at unusually high frequencies. Among these are two mutations in a gene called LPA that may reduce a person’s risk of heart disease.

07/28/2014: 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.

07/28/2014: Non-endoscopic migraine surgery provides significant symptom relief in Mass. General patients

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in a group of patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.

07/25/2014: Studying celiac’s infancy

Maureen Leonard, MD, is looking for 500 newborns at risk for celiac disease. The third-year Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Pediatric Gastroenterology fellow is working with Alessio Fasano, MD, director of the Center for Celiac Research and division chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MGHfC.

07/25/2014: A maverick’s memorial

Nearly 74 years after his death, Ernest Amory Codman, MD, FACS, is honored with a memorial headstone on his previously unmarked gravesite at the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

07/25/2014: MGH receives AHA Equity of Care Award

The American Hospital Organization (AHA) has awarded the MGH the first-ever AHA Equity Care Award in recognition of its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the hospital’s leadership and staff.

07/25/2014: An eye on MGH research

“The Researcher’s Eye” exhibit on Yawkey 2 focuses on the images investigators at the MGH look at every day.

07/25/2014: Training for trauma in Uganda

Nirma Bustamante, MD, an MGH Emergency Medicine resident travels to Uganda in an effort to introduce the concept of a pre-hospital care training program in a region with no EMS.

07/25/2014: Safe delivery

For Dan Drzymalski, MD, Shiqian Shen, MD, and May Pian-Smith, MD, physicians in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, relieving pain is their calling – a calling that recently took them overseas.

07/25/2014: An eye on MGH research

“The Researcher’s Eye” focuses on the images investigators at the MGH look at every day.

07/25/2014: Blood Transfusion Service makes a move

MGH’s Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) is heading home.

07/25/2014: What's Happening: July 25, 2014

What's Happening: July 25, 2014

07/22/2014: Tips before you dip

Ari Cohen, MD, chief of Pediatric Emergency Medical Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, offers parents advice on pool safety.

07/19/2014: 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.

07/18/2014: No. 1 in New England, No. 2 in the nation

U.S. News and World Report again has ranked the MGH among the top hospitals in the nation on the 2014-2015 “Best Hospitals” list.

07/18/2014: The future is now

This summer the MGH TeleHealth Program, which provides patients options for virtual access to clinicians, is widening its net with the launch of virtual video visits in Primary Care and the MGH Cancer Center.

07/18/2014: Positive plunge

Sixty-nine swimmers – alongside former Olympic athletes – gleefully jumped into the Boston Harbor on June 11 to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research as part of the 21st annual Swim Across America (SAA) event.

07/18/2014: Show of swimmer support

Former Olympians share their medals with a MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient.

07/18/2014: Lung in a box

The MGH has become the first hospital in New England to successfully perform what’s being called a “lung-in-a-box” transplant.

07/18/2014: Nursing leaders learning together

Nine nurse from the MGH recently led a three-month nursing program in Leadership Exchange and Development (LEAD) at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a leading hospital network in Doha, Qatar.

07/18/2014: A sunset celebration

When night falls during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Iftar – the communal breaking of the daily fast – is celebrated.

07/18/2014: Partners eCare now live

The MGH/MGPO is the second Partners site to begin using the new Epic revenue cycle system.

07/18/2014: Serving communities with the click of a link

Important health care information and valuable resources are just a click away for thousands of local seniors and low-income residents, thanks to the MGH Access to Resources for Community Health (ARCH) Program.

07/18/2014: What's Happening: July 18, 2014

What's Happening: July 18, 2014

07/16/2014: Immune Tolerance Network’s TrialShare wins national award

Massachusetts General Hospital's Bioinformatics Group, of the Immune Tolerance Network in Bethesda, Maryland, wins the National Academy of Sciences Data and Information Challenge.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/15/2014: A stroke patient's family is faced with difficult decisions at a critical time

After Barbara Collard suffered a massive stroke, she missed the window of opportunity to benefit from clot-dissolving drugs. When she arrived by helicopter at Massachusetts General Hospital, her family had to make decisions quickly.

07/13/2014: Turner Syndrome Research Network (TRN) is Formed

A first step is taken at a national level to integrate the shared goals of those interested in Turner syndrome.

07/11/2014: Forget counting sheep – sleep

Almost everyone intuitively knows how to ease someone to sleep – singing a lullaby, speaking in hushed tones or dimming the lights – yet most people are not getting the sleep they need.

07/11/2014: Scoring smiles

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski visits with Awatif Albadri and her 22-month old son Ali Alghabban, in the Ellison 18 playroom on June 26.

07/11/2014: Planting hope

On June 25, Richard Bonasoro, chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, read his illustrated children’s book to cancer patients in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit.

07/11/2014: New device, new lease on life

A newly developed implantable device aimed at treating adults with epilepsy gave 25-year-old Ashley Sherman back her life.

07/11/2014: Spreading joy one jar at a time

Jordyn Bouchard, 2, was one of dozens of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients paid a special visit from the Jesse Rees Foundation on July 1.

07/11/2014: MGH summer jobs brighten futures

One hundred and forty eight high school students from Boston, Chelsea and Revere are working for six weeks this summer as part of the MGH Summer Jobs Program, now in its 24th year.

07/11/2014: Occupational therapy program now offered at the IHP

The Institute of Health Professions has added occupational therapy to its academic offerings, expanding its current collaborations in education, research and practice with the MGH. 

07/11/2014: MGH/MGPO ready for Partners eCare launch

This weekend, the MGH/MGPO will begin using the new Epic revenue cycle system for administrative processes including patient scheduling, registration, coding and billing.

07/11/2014: What's Happening: July 11, 2014

What's Happening: July 11, 2014

07/10/2014: 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.

07/08/2014: Siblings may have a greater influence than parents on a child’s obesity risk

A new 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.

07/07/2014: Study demonstrates the feasibility of evaluating myofibers after stem cell therapy in the heart

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care has taken a giant leap toward the possibility of noninvasively assessing the efficacy of stem cell therapy in the heart.

07/03/2014: Clearing Up Confusion About Following a Gluten-Free Diet

In this news segment with Dr. Mallika Marshall from WBZ-TV Boston, Dr. Alessio Fasano, joined by patient Sharone Jelden, talks about diagnosis and treatment for celiac disease and who benefits from following a gluten-free diet.

07/01/2014: MGH ARCH Program Partners with the John F. Kennedy Family Center

For more than a decade, the MGH ARCH Program has partnered with organizations in the community to meet their needs for high-quality health information and resources. There have been eight projects since 2000.

06/30/2014: 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.

06/29/2014: Mass. General-developed protocol could greatly extend preservation of donor livers

A system developed by investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine allowed successful transplantation of rat livers after preservation for as long as four days, more than tripling the length of time organs currently can be preserved.

06/27/2014: Lobbying for health

Residents and fellows from pediatric training programs across the state visited the MGH for a day-long training program to learn how to advocate for children during the ninth annual Residents and Fellows Day at the Massachusetts State House on June 11.

06/27/2014: Dexterity for charity

It takes a very steady hand to remove a wrench from the ankle, a butterfly from the stomach, or a charley horse from the hip. But eight teams of highly skilled MGH employees arrived on the Bulfinch lawn ready to take on the challenge of life-size game board proportions.

06/27/2014: Weissleder named to Thrall professorship

MGH and Harvard Medical School faculty gathered May 19 at the medical school to celebrate the newly established Thrall Family Professorship in Radiology, named in honor of Jim Thrall, MD, and its first incumbent, Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology.

06/27/2014: Strong bond

The bond between a primary care resident and a patient runs deep. For the second year in a row, the MGH honored patients for their role as exceptional teachers of internal medicine residents in the primary care clinic setting at the MGH Department of Medicine Teaching Awards Ceremony on June 5.

06/27/2014: Radiation Oncology unveils proton exhibit

To showcase the MGH’s leadership and success in proton therapy, an exhibit recently was installed in the lobby of the Francis Burr Proton Center.

06/27/2014: Pink tips for patients

The late Ann Murray Paige is remembered at the MGH for her words and wisdom.

06/27/2014: Parading proud

The MGH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Resource Group marched with LGBT members from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the annual Boston Pride Parade on June 14.

06/27/2014: Partners eCare: Online patient materials toolkit

As the Partners eCare Revenue Cycle July 12 launch date at the MGH approaches, staff are encouraged to visit the updated Partners eCare toolkit to view a variety of helpful educational materials, including a frequently-asked-question flyer for patients – available in both English and Spanish – and a service-oriented slide deck that includes scripting for staff who will be checking in, scheduling or working with patients.

06/27/2014: Safe and secure

The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and Boston Police, recently hosted the fifth annual “Take Back” prescription drug disposal day.

06/27/2014: Patient transport associate receives 2014 Ricardo Diaz Award

Eleven million pounds of linen delivered, 12 million pieces of incoming and outgoing mail processed, 5,200 keys cut and 38,000 medical devices supported and maintained – these numbers are a small sampling of the magnitude of work accomplished by MGH operations support staff throughout the past year.

06/27/2014: What's Happening: June 27, 2014

What's Happening: June 27, 2014

06/26/2014: Women in Surgery: A Profile of Patricia Sylla, MD

General Surgery News spotlights Patricia Sylla, MD, surgeon in the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

06/24/2014: Mass General West Imaging doubles MRI capacity

Mass General West Imaging in Waltham has doubled its MRI capacity with the addition of a new 1.5 Tesla scanner.

06/24/2014: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

06/23/2014: Dr. Katherine Klein Honored

We are thrilled to announce that Katherine P. Klein, DMD, has been chosen as a recipient of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Ten Under 10 Award.

06/20/2014: Celebrating survival

12 cardiac patients with MGH Cardiac Surgery clinicians from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation program came together for a reunion at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

06/20/2014: A tree grows in Danvers

Located on the grounds of the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, the Endecott pear tree – North America’s oldest living fruit tree – is more than a bearer of fruit; it also is a living link between the past and the present.

06/20/2014: Wright appointed to Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery

Cameron Wright, MD, associate chief of the MGH Division of Thoracic Surgery, was honored as the first incumbent of the Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Thoracic Surgery.

06/20/2014: ‘Leadership for Meaningful Change’

Gary Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of the Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System, addressed the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on May 22 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium.

06/20/2014: Stars shine at the one hundred

The Mass General Cancer Center hosted the seventh annual the one hundred gala on June 10.

06/20/2014: Partners eCare: Available resources for patients and staff

In less than one month, the Partners eCare Revenue Cycle will go live at the MGH.

06/20/2014: Commitment to community

For the first time in the MGH’s history, community health is now part of the internal hospital governance structure.

06/20/2014: Claflin awards support five MGH researchers

The Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award is presented each year to outstanding women researchers who have a dual responsibility of caring for children.

06/20/2014: Responding with relaxation

“Close your eyes and take a deep breath,” instructs Herbert Benson, MD, director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute, as he leads managers through a relaxation response exercise during the annual MGH Leadership Academy Spring Lecture.

06/20/2014: What's Happening: June 20, 2014

What's Happening: June 20, 2014

06/20/2014: Awards and Honors: June 20, 2014

Awards and Honors: June 20, 2014

06/19/2014: UV-induced beta-endorphin production causes addiction-like symptoms in mice

A new study from MGH investigators adds important support to the theory that ultraviolet light can actually be addictive, finding that chronic UV exposure raises circulating levels of beta-endorphin in mice and that UV-habituated mice exhibit withdrawal symptoms if beta-endorphin activity is blocked.

06/19/2014: New device brings hope to epilepsy patients

After years of seizures, a new device gives one Mass General epilepsy patient a new lease on life.

06/18/2014: Broken gene found to protect against heart disease

By scouring the DNA of thousands of patients, researchers have discovered four rare gene mutations that not only lower the levels of triglycerides but also significantly reduce a person’s risk of coronary heart disease

06/15/2014: Bionic pancreas successfully controls blood sugar levels in adults, adolescents with type 1 diabetes

The latest version of a bionic pancreas device has been successfully tested in two five-day clinical trials – one in adults, the other in adolescents – that imposed minimal restrictions on patient activities.

06/13/2014: Every second counts

When it comes to treating stroke patients, every second counts.

06/13/2014: Swap it out

The MGH Office Supply Swap and Recycle Event on June 2 was a treasure trove of treats, with departments swapping more than $16,000 worth of new and unused office supplies.

06/13/2014: Nesson Awards honor MGH projects and programs

Named in honor of the Partners HealthCare System’s first CEO, the H. Richard Nesson awards are given annually to Partners clinicians and their teams whose work exemplifies Nesson’s commitment to improving care.

06/13/2014: Language of success

On May 30, 131 MGH employees — representing 30 countries and 14 different languages — were recognized at the Workplace Education Program’s 19th annual Celebration of Achievement.

06/13/2014: Partners eCare Revenue Cycle countdown

In less than one month, the MGH will launch the first phase of Partners eCare, the Revenue Cycle, which will impact registration, scheduling, admissions, coding and billing.

06/13/2014: Journey of discovery

Some virtuosos play the piano to perfection, others paint like Picasso, but for MGH physician-researchers, talent lies in the art of discovery.

06/13/2014: Guiney named the Paul Dudley White, MD, Distinguished Service Chair in Cardiology

Timothy Guiney, MD, of the MGH Cardiology Division, is the first incumbent of the Paul Dudley White, MD, Distinguished Service Chair in Cardiology.

06/13/2014: The art of comfort

On May 22, Robert Martuza, MD, chief of MGH Neurosurgery Service and director of the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, unveiled his 800-pound black marble sculpture featuring a woman with a black and white quilt flowing from her heart.

06/13/2014: What's Happening: June 13, 2014

What's Happening: June 13, 2014

06/13/2014: Threat grows from liver illness tied to obesity

Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the link between obesity and the rise in liver diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

06/11/2014: MGH/Ragon Institute study finds how protein blocks HIV life cycle in elite controllers

Investigators from MGH and the Ragon Institute have learned more about one way the immune systems of elite controllers – those rare individuals able to control HIV infection without drug treatment – block a key step in the virus’s life cycle.

06/10/2014: International team unearths strong genetic risk factor for type 2 diabetes in Latin American populations

In the largest study of its kind published to date, an international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has discovered a strong genetic risk factor for type 2 diabetes that primarily affects Latin American patients, but is rare elsewhere.

06/10/2014: Recognized for Excellence

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cardio-Oncology Program is honored by the Mass General Cancer Center for its work in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease related to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

06/06/2014: Mass General West Imaging in Waltham, MA named a top imaging center in the country

The American College of Radiology recognizes Mass General West Imaging in Waltham at the highest level of excellence in medical imaging care.

06/06/2014: The MGH/MGPO Strategic Plan

For the past two years, more than 100 faculty and staff from across multiple disciplines have banded together to develop the next strategic plan that will guide the institution into the next decade.

06/04/2014: The MGH Epilepsy Service – Where Complexity Meets Innovation

A young Albanian architect found help for his seizure disorders thanks to a unique team of specialists from the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

05/29/2014: Activation of brain region can change a monkey's choice

Artificially stimulating a brain region believed to play a key role in learning, reward and motivation induced monkeys to change which of two images they choose to look at.

05/28/2014: Massachusetts General Hospital and CBS Cares collaborate to encourage safe sex among sexually active senior citizens.

As STD rates for seniors soar, a new PSA campaign encourages children and grandchildren to discuss safe sex with their single parents and grandparents.

05/28/2014: Will New Research Redefine Epilepsy?

Recent research is challenging the traditional definition of epilepsy as an expression of increased excitability and firing of a group of neurons. This has major implications for clinical treatment.

05/27/2014: MGH Announces Initiative to Develop Implantable Device to Treat PTSD and TBI

New research initiative is designed to treat PTSD TBI, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.

05/27/2014: Skin grafts from genetically modified pigs may offer alternative for treatment of serious burns

A specially-bred strain of miniature swine lacking the molecule responsible for the rapid rejection of pig-to-primate organ transplants may provide a new source of skin grafts to treat seriously burned patients.

05/27/2014: The MGH Epilepsy Service – Where Complexity Meets Innovation

When Elton, a young Albanian architect, couldn’t find treatment for his disabling seizures in Albania, he traveled 500 miles to Austria to meet with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Epilepsy Service Director Andrew J. Cole, MD. Dr. Cole, in Austria on a business trip, felt Elton was a good candidate for surgery and brought his case back to his colleagues in Boston.

05/23/2014: Making a difference

Two MGH YMCA Achievers were recognized at the 39th annual YMCA Achievers Recognition Celebration May 13 at the Westin Copley Place.

05/23/2014: The first step

Dianne Austin, workforce diversity program manager, was one of several speakers at the MGH Training and Workforce Development Office’s “Taking the First Step” workshop on May 20 in the Haber Conference Room.

05/23/2014: Research Staff Appreciation Day, a sweet success

More than 40 gallons of ice cream – scooped and served by MGH Research leadership – were consumed at the first MGH Research Staff Appreciation Day.

05/23/2014: Xavier appointed to Isselbacher professorship

Ramnik Xavier, MD, chief of the MGH Gastrointestinal Unit and director of the MGH Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, was honored with the first Kurt J. Isselbacher Professorship in Medicine in the Field of Gastroenterology, an endowed professorship at Harvard Medical School.

05/23/2014: A mighty mold

Late in the afternoon of May 16, a contest of microscopic mobility unfolded, an epic challenge between HL-60, neutrophil-like cells and the soil-dwelling slime mold Dictyostelium (Dicty).

05/23/2014: New chief of the Emergency Imaging Division named

The MGH Department of Radiology has announced that Michael H. Lev, MD, FAHA, FACR, has been named the new chief of the Emergency Imaging Division, effective June 1.

05/23/2014: Dedicated to diversity

MGH dermatologist Ernesto González, MD, who is revered not only for his clinical work but also for his impact on diversity at the MGH, was recently honored as one of nine Puerto Rican leaders inducted into the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, The City University of New York.

05/23/2014: BFT celebrates 25 years of service

Bulfinch Temporary Service celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 1.

05/23/2014: What's Happening: May 23, 2014

What's Happening: May 23, 2014

05/21/2014: Pulsed electrical fields destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria infecting burn injuries

Application of a technology currently used to disinfect food products may help to get around one of the most challenging problems in medicine today, the proliferation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs.

05/20/2014: Mass General radiologist practices in Rwanda

Read a Q&A with Mass General interventional radiologist David Rosman, MD about his work to help build the medical infrastructure in Rwanda.

05/19/2014: Chronic insufficient sleep increases obesity, overall body fat in children

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.

05/19/2014: Facts and tips for healthy sleeping habits

The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 6 to 12 sleep 10-11 hours per night. With a new study published in Pediatrics by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers linking reduced sleep and obesity, encouraging healthy sleeping habits in children has taken on a new precedence. The study's researchers, led by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, offer some facts and tips to help parents ensure their kids get a good night’s sleep.

05/16/2014: Transgenic mice produce both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids on carbohydrate diet

MGH investigators have developed a transgenic mouse that synthesizes both the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids within its tissues on a diet of carbohydrates or saturated fats. Significant evidence suggest that the ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 has important implications for human health.

05/16/2014: Herpes-loaded stem cells used to kill brain tumors

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have a potential solution for how to more effectively kill tumor cells using cancer-killing viruses.

05/16/2014: Exploring opportunities to expand cancer care

The MGH Cancer Center recently sent a team to the city of Mbarara in southwestern Uganda to explore a collaboration with the local university and hospital to build a new national referral cancer center.

05/16/2014: Competing for best in state

A Timilty Middle School eighth-grader, with the help of Lori Ann Rizzo, RN, from MGH Perioperative Services, placed first in the Boston Citywide Science Fair competition, earning her a trip to the State Middle School Science and Engineering Fair

05/16/2014: Tarbell lecture features Katrina Armstrong, MD

On May 8, at the sixth Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lectureship, Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, presented “Ambulances, Epidemiology and the End of the Week.”

05/16/2014: Keeping safe while having fun in the sun

In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Arturo Saavedra, MD, PhD, MBA, the new medical director for MGH Medical Dermatology, discusses the best way to keep safe from the sun’s rays.

05/16/2014: Score!

Exuberant MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Devin Cheeks, 14, rang the bell marking his final treatment at the Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center on May 7.

05/16/2014: In Memoriam: Susan Noska, RN

Susan Noska, RN, CNN, CCTC, lead coordinator of the MGH Abdominal Transplant Programs, died May 12 at the age of 63.

05/16/2014: A global reach

Dozens of staff attended the third annual MGH Global Health Expo May 7 under the Bulfinch tent.

05/16/2014: In General Awards and Honors: May 16, 2014

In General Awards and Honors: May 16, 2014

05/16/2014: Disaster drill – keeping calm in a crisis

Within an hour after a heating, ventilation, air and cooling power malfunction on the MGH main campus, Incident Command was activated and the order to evacuate 1,000 patients was given.

05/16/2014: What's Happening: May 16, 2014

What's Happening: May 16, 2014

05/16/2014: Mass General surgeons reattach arm severed in pasta machine

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons, lead by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, perform a series of complex surgeries to reattach a patient's arm.

05/14/2014: Mass General recognized for stroke care

Massachusetts General Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards, sponsored by the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association, recognize hospitals that provide the highest quality stroke care.

05/09/2014: Study identifies mechanism by which intestinal enzyme maintains microbial balance

MGH investigators have identified the mechanism by which an enzyme produced in the intestinal lining helps to maintain a healthy population of gastrointestinal microbes.

05/09/2014: Beauty beyond skin deep

No one works a room quite like Tim Quinn. The celebrity makeup artist and national director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty has a gift for making a woman look and feel beautiful and he brought his gift to the MGH.

05/09/2014: Unveiling a legacy

A new portrait of Linda Richards, America’s first professionally trained nurse and superintendent of the Boston Training School at MGH from 1874 to 1877, reveals an image of a heroic leader, innovator and champion of nursing.

05/09/2014: Psychiatry hosts annual symposium

The second annual symposium on Public Sector and Community Psychiatry took place April 30 under the Bulfinch Tent.

05/09/2014: Oh baby!

Heidi and Andrew Cheerman of Sharon, Mass. reunite with Massachusetts State Trooper Michael Close hours after he helped deliver their baby.

05/09/2014: Celebrating Nurse Recognition Week

The MGH celebrated national Nurses Recognition Week May 1-7 with a series of celebratory events, special presentations and receptions.

05/09/2014: Hands up for hand hygiene

The Ellison 12 General Medicine Unit marked World Hand Hygiene Day with a celebration of its own – a 100 percent hand hygiene score.

05/09/2014: Learning and leading

Eight students from the MGH English for Speakers of Other Languages class demonstrated their communication skills as part of a project focused on safety in the hospital.

05/09/2014: What's Happening: May 9, 2014

What's Happening: May 9, 2014

05/06/2014: Donor livers preserved and improved with room-temperature perfusion system

A system developed by investigators at the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and the MGH Transplant Center has the potential to increase both the supply and the quality of donor organs for liver transplantation.

05/06/2014: Fountain of Youth in Running

Aaron Baggish, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Performance Program in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, discusses the benefits of exercise at any age.

05/02/2014: Sense of belonging

The MGH Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity’s speaker series invites nationally recognized speakers to discuss a wide range of issues with faculty, trainees and staff.

05/02/2014: Celebrating excellence

More than 2,000 MGHers received a Partners in Excellence (PIE) Award at the April 24 celebration under the Bulfinch tent honoring another year of outstanding efforts in support of Partners HealthCare and its affiliates.

05/02/2014: Above and beyond

Secretarial and clerical staff from across the hospital were honored April 23 at the Administrative Support Staff Day, which included the presentation of the annual Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award.

05/02/2014: Innovation, collaboration

On April 22, the hospital extended its rich history of innovation with the launch of the Healthcare Transformation Lab in collaboration with the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care.

05/02/2014: Partners eCare training teams ready for kickoff

On May 11, MGH administrative professionals and clinicians will begin training to use the new Epic revenue cycle system scheduled to go-live at the MGH on July 12.

05/02/2014: Hands-on training

More than 300 boys from St. John's Prep attended a CPR training at a spring Wellness Fair held at the Danvers school.

05/02/2014: Kimball honored with Bowditch prize

Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH, medical director of the MGPO, received the 2014 Nathaniel Bowditch Prize on April 29.

05/02/2014: What's Happening: May 2, 2014

What's Happening: May 2, 2014

04/30/2014: In recognizing speech sounds, the brain does not work the way a computer does

How does the brain decide whether something is correct? When it comes to the processing of spoken language, the theory has been that the brain applies a set of rules to determine which combinations of sounds are permissible. Now the work of MGH investigators suggests that the brain decides based on the words that are already known.

04/29/2014: Celiac disease pathogenesis: Impact of microbiota derived metabolites

Stefania Senger's research focuses on how physiological and pathological alteration of the intestinal stem cell microenvironment, caused by pro- inflammatory stimuli, bacteria and derived toxins or byproducts, affects the proliferation and differentiation of the stem cell compartment and ultimately contributes to early steps of intestinal pathologies.

04/29/2014: Understanding healthy bone growth in childhood to improve long-term quality of life

Childhood is a critical time for bone health. Approximately 90% of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18, with about 50% of this acquired during the pubertal growth spurt. As a pediatrician, my research goal is to better understand the factors which impact bone growth and mineralization during this important window in order to maximize long-term bone health.

04/29/2014: New Approaches to Enhancing Innovation

In an era when collaborations between industry and academia are more prized than ever, the traditional model of academic research is evolving. A new model—one that matches critical needs in industry with crosscutting solutions from basic and translational research—is emerging throughout the academic community.

04/29/2014: Reducing Risk in Pediatric General Anesthesia

Each year, nearly 500,000 children in the US require general anesthesia (GA) for surgery. Recent evidence suggests that children may be vulnerable to the neurotoxic side effects from exposure to GA drugs. While newer, less-toxic anesthetic drugs may one day be available, our child patients urgently need solutions to reduce the risk of toxic exposure.

04/25/2014: New genome-editing platform significantly increases accuracy of CRISPR-based systems

A next-generation genome editing system developed by MGH investigators substantially decreases the risk of producing unwanted, off-target gene mutations.

04/25/2014: Success for Mass General Marathon Teams

The 2014 Boston Marathon marked a triumphant return for the Mass General Marathon teams.

04/25/2014: Research strategic plan is focus of annual SAC meeting

The Celebration of Science was held on April 2 in conjunction with the 67th annual meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

04/25/2014: 2014 MGH Research Scholars

The MGH Research Scholars program was established in 2011 by ECOR and the MGH Research Advisory Council to provide innovative investigators with financial support allowing them to follow the science wherever it may lead.

04/25/2014: In Memoriam: Laurie O’Leary, NP

Laurie O’Leary, a nurse practitioner at the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center for 40 years, died April 17.

04/25/2014: MGH Proud

The 2014 Boston Marathon marked a triumphant return for the MGH marathon teams, which swelled to 230 runners and included 80 employees.

04/25/2014: Heroes among us

On an average day in the city of Watertown, Mass., the police department fields 28 emergency 911 calls; however, on April 19, 2013, 566 calls to 911 were made within a few short hours during the shootout with the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt.

04/25/2014: Measuring Excellence Every Day

Understanding how to keep patients safe and provide high-quality care is a requirement to lead the nation in health care.

04/25/2014: Honoring ‘the blood drive guy with the bow tie’

A photograph on the wall and a framed bow tie in the MGH Blood Donor Center are small reminders of the late Allan Moore, MD, whose legacy continues to live on through the Allan Moore Medical Service Blood Donor Challenge, which will commence May 1.

04/25/2014: What's Happening: April 25, 2014

What's Happening: April 25, 2014

04/24/2014: Use of frozen material for fecal transplant successful in treating C. difficile infection

A pilot study by Massachusetts General Hospital MGH investigators may lead to greater availability and acceptability of an unusual treatment for a serious medical problem – use of fecal material from healthy donors to treat recurrent diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria.

04/24/2014: Genomics' daunting challenge: Identifying variants that matter

While the latest genome sequencing technologies can generate detailed catalogs of genomic variants, researchers face an ongoing challenge of distinguishing variants that cause disease from those that do not.

04/23/2014: Study Shows Aspirin Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risks for Those with Specific Gene

Researchers from MGH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine have shown that aspirin’s previous reported ability to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer applies only to individuals with high levels of a specific gene product in their colons.

04/22/2014: Dr. Fasano Featured on MSNBC Talk on Leaky Gut and Painkillers

Overuse of popular NSAIDs is associated with intestinal permeability, which is a condition associated with celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders. Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, discusses the implications of using popular pain medication in relation to gluten-related disorders and exercise.

04/21/2014: Fast, simple-to-use assay reveals the ‘family tree’ of cancer metastases

A simple assay developed by an MGH research team can reveal the evolutionary relationships among various tumor sites within a patient, information that may someday help with treatment planning.

04/18/2014: ‘From Home-to-Hospital-to-Home’

Individuals from organizations across the country are pooling their creative minds to bring robots to the living room and real-time analytics to the bedside, all for the sake of improving patient safety – and for the SmartAmerica Challenge.

04/18/2014: Why we run

MGH marathon runners — in their own words

04/18/2014: A week of remembrance

With reflection and resolve, the MGH marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings with a series of events and moments to honor the victims and the survivors, and to recognize the hospital community that came together to heal both bodies and minds.

04/18/2014: The road to health equity

Named in honor of Ernest M. Haddad, who served for 21 years as general counsel for the MGH and Partners HealthCare, the annual Ernest M. Haddad Lecture in Law and Ethics lecture features speakers who are experts on topics related to ethics and conduct in the health care environment.

04/18/2014: Donate Life Month designation

April is now Donate Life month in Massachusetts.

04/18/2014: Hippity Hoppity Hunt

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients and their siblings were treated to an egg-stravaganza in the Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care on April 17.

04/18/2014: What's Happening: April 18, 2014

What's Happening: April 18, 2014

04/18/2014: Ready to run

It was a week filled with mixed emotions, but on April 16 the atmosphere under the Bulfinch tents was one of excitement and anticipation as MGH marathon runners and staff celebrated the upcoming race.

04/15/2014: Casual marijuana use changes brain structures involved in reward, emotion and motivation

Even casual use of marijuana appears to cause significant structural changes in key brain structures of young adults, a new study finds. Researchers from MGH and Northwestern University have found differences between casual users of marijuana and non-users in the size, shape, and structure of brain regions involved with motivation, emotion and reward.

04/14/2014: Long-term study supports detrimental effects of television viewing on sleep in young children

A study following more than 1,800 children from ages 6 months to nearly 8 years found a small but consistent association between increased television viewing and shorter sleep duration.

04/11/2014: Video reflections

The MGH Public Affairs Office interviewed more than 20 first responders about their experience in the days and weeks after the bombings.

04/11/2014: Boston and Mass General: Together We Finish

There are several ways for staff to show their pride in and support for the more than 230 runners – including more than 80 staff members – who are running the 2014 Boston Marathon in support of the MGH.

04/11/2014: Talking to children in the aftermath of the marathon attacks

To help parents during these possibly difficult days leading up to the 2014 Boston Marathon, a team of MGH child psychiatrists and psychologists have developed parent guidance materials that address various questions.

04/11/2014: Support for MGHers

Staff in need of emotional support at any time are encouraged to access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a free and confidential resource.

04/11/2014: Reflection and renewal

Members of the MGH community share their reflections on what occurred within the hospital on April 15, 2013 and also their hopes for the upcoming marathon.

04/11/2014: Looking back

A special exhibit dedicated to first responders is now on display at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

04/11/2014: Bringing the MGH community together: Boston Strong/MGH Proud

The MGH will host a number of events to observe the one-year anniversary of the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon.

04/11/2014: Gifts that keep on growing

Symbols of gratitude and hope are sprouting up at the MGH this spring.

04/11/2014: A family affair

For 33-year-old Maryclaire Capetta of Storrs, Conn., the 2014 Boston Marathon is more than just 26.2 miles of terrain.

04/11/2014: What's Happening: April 11, 2014

What's Happening: April 11, 2014

04/10/2014: Researchers identify transcription factors distinguishing glioblastoma stem cells

The activity of four transcription factors appears to distinguish the small proportion of glioblastoma cells responsible for the aggressiveness and treatment resistance of the deadly brain tumor. The findings identify molecular circuits that may be targeted by new therapeutic approaches

04/09/2014: Study confirms impact of clinician-patient relationship on health outcomes

A meta-analysis of studies that investigated measures designed to improve health professionals’ interactions with patients confirms that such efforts can produce health effects just as beneficial as taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attack.

04/07/2014: Women with Turner Syndrome Tell Their Stories

Boston Globe article profiles Miriam Beit-Aharon, a patient in the MGH Turner Syndrome Clinic, whose mother, Claudette, edited a collection of essays of women living with Turner syndrome. The article mentions Co-Director Dr. Angela Lin, and her interest in the use of IVF for women with Turner syndrome.

04/04/2014: Lily & Dr. Weinstein: A Story of Endurance

Lily Waldeck, an 8-year-old former MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center patient, embodies the mission to persevere in the fight against childhood cancer. Thanks to the care she received from Howard Weinstein, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and the rest of her care team, she now proudly says that she’s “stronger and faster now than when [she] had leukemia.”

04/04/2014: Austen named chief of Burn Surgery

William (Jay) G. Austen, Jr., MD, was appointed chief of the MGH Division of Burn Surgery on March 24.

04/04/2014: Patients’ pick

The red carpet was rolled out March 19 for the inaugural MGH Service Excellence Awards ceremony.

04/04/2014: Cancer Center physicians honored

The Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies in the MGH Cancer Center has three new endowed leadership positions.

04/04/2014: 26 flights, are you kidding?

They call themselves team E-26. E is for Ellison building; and 26 is for the 26 flights of stairs the Bigelow 9 night staff climb nearly every night.

04/04/2014: MGH honors blood donors

All presenting blood and platelet donors at the MGH Blood Donor Center during the month of April will receive a royal blue MGH Blood Donor Center “Boston Strong” T-shirt.

04/04/2014: Partners eCare: Did you know?

The MGH is in the process of redesigning how it delivers world-class care to improve the health of its patients while also enhancing affordability of care by implementing a new enterprise medical record system.

04/04/2014: Never too late to become a marathoner

Evy Picker, MD, 63 has never been a runner but she was inspired to run in “defiance of the Boston Marathon bombings” and now she is one of more than 80 MGH employees who are running for the MGH.

04/04/2014: What's Happening: April 4, 2014

What's Happening: April 4, 2014

04/03/2014: An ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3-D microtissue engineering

A team of researchers from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital have demonstrated a new nanoscale matrix biomaterial assembly that can maintain liver cell morphology and function in microfluidic devices for longer times than has been previously been reported in microfluidic devices.

04/03/2014: Featured Runners: Boston Marathon 2014

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), founded the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Jenny Jacobsen

Jenny Jacobsen explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Caitlin Hemeon, RN

Caitlin Hemeon, RN, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Shannon Sawyer

Shannon Sawyer explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Brian Beale

Brian Beale explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Researchers identify similarities between HIV/AIDS-Lead author Sarah Wakeman of MGH CCHI

– There are important parallels between the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the current epidemic of opioid addiction - ones that could trigger a significant shift in opioid addiction prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Howard Weinstein, MD explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Aura Obando, MD

Aura Obando, MD, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner David Sweetser, MD, PhD

David Sweetser, MD, PhD, explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Pete Guiney

Pete Guiney explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Danielle Newell, RN

Danielle Newell, RN, explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Joe Moran

Joe Moran explains why he is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/31/2014: Q&A with marathon runner Beth Callahan

Beth Callahan explains why she is running for the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/30/2014: Visitors From Norway

A group of medical professionals from abroad recently came to learn about our approaches to the care of patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders.

03/28/2014: EAST BOSTON RESIDENTS ASKED TO COMPLETE QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT

East Boston residents have a chance to improve their community by completing the East Boston Quality of Life Survey. Residents are urged to complete the survey to describe the most important health issues that affect East Boston residents today. All answers are anonymous.

03/28/2014: Looking back and planning for the future

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine, reflects on her first year at the hospital and shares her plans for the future of the MGH Department of Medicine.

03/28/2014: Slime into first

A veritable Tour de France is taking place in a laboratory at the MGH this spring.

03/28/2014: What's Happening: March 28, 2014

What's Happening: March 28, 2014

03/28/2014: New Partners eCare video

The implementation of the Epic electronic health record and administrative system at the MGH is discussed in a new video.

03/28/2014: Safe landing

Linda Keir was flying over the Atlantic Ocean when she felt her heart begin to beat abnormally.

03/28/2014: Lacing up for kids’ care

For marathoners Jeanne MacDonald, MD, of the MGH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Catherine Chapin, MD, a pediatric resident, and Kevin Timulty, a Braintree police officer, giving back is part of their everyday jobs.

03/28/2014: Recognizing pediatric research

Pediatric researchers within the MGH community were celebrated March 18 at the sixth annual MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Research Day in the Simches Building.

03/28/2014: MGH research prepares to meet current and future challenges

The 2014 meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will examine how the MGH is preparing to meet the challenges presented by reductions in traditional sources of research funding and take advantage of new opportunities in areas including translational research, health care informatics and outcomes research.

03/27/2014: Improving Burn Care in Ukraine

A resident in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares his experience speding two weeks in Ukraine caring for burn patients.

03/27/2014: Improving Burn Care in Ukraine

A resident in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital shares his experience in Ukraine caring for burn patients after receiving a Center for Global Health Travel Award.

03/27/2014: Gretchen Wagner joins CSAC as Youth Program Coordinator

Since she started as Charlestown Substance Aubse Coalition (CSAC) Program Coordinator last fall, Gretchen Wagner has focused on using youth asset based prevention strategies and engaging the community in acknowledging its strengths in building a better future.

03/26/2014: New drug successfully treats crizotinib-resistant, ALK-positive lung cancer

A new drug called ceritinib appears to be effective against advanced ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer, both in tumors that have become resistant to crizotinib and in those never treated with the older drug.

03/25/2014: Mass General Imaging in Chelsea, MA named a top imaging center in the country

The American College of Radiology recognizes Mass General Imaging in Chelsea at the "pinnacle of medical imaging care."

03/23/2014: Mass. General study identifies path to safer drugs for heart disease, cancer

MGH investigators may have found a way to solve a problem that has plagued a group of drugs called ligand-mimicking integrin inhibitors, which have the potential to treat conditions ranging from heart attacks to cancer metastasis.

03/21/2014: Food insecurity linked to cost-related medication underuse in chronically ill Americans

Chronically ill adults who reported not having consistent access to food due to financial instability were significantly more likely to report taking less than prescribed doses of medication because of cost concerns.

03/21/2014: GRETCHEN WAGNER JOINS CSAC AS YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Since she started as Charlestown Substance Aubse Coalition (CSAC) Program Coordinator last fall, Gretchen Wagner has focused on using youth asset based prevention strategies and engaging the community in acknowledging its strengths in building a better future.

03/21/2014: MGH physicians receive Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award

Three MGHers have been awarded Harvard Medical School’s Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award.

03/21/2014: The art of inclusion

When Billy Megargel was searching for his voice, he found it in his paintings.

03/21/2014: Study shows positive outcome in breast reconstruction surgery

A new MGH study is one of the first to detail the outcomes of breast reconstruction surgery after having a nipple-sparing mastectomy, and this new, hard data, researchers say, is good news.

03/21/2014: #Givingback

Bridget Hanahan was so determined to run the Boston Marathon for the hospital, she and her friends launched a Twitter campaign #draftBridget to get her onto the Emergency Response Fund Team.

03/21/2014: Preparing for the future with Job Shadow Day

The MGH is a popular place for high school students seeking exposure to health careers, so in demand that Tracey Benner, coordinator of Youth Programs in the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, decided to expand the hospital’s annual National Job Shadow Day into two days.

03/21/2014: Partners HealthCare at 20 – moving forward together

On March 18, 1994, Partners HealthCare was born, the realization of an agreement between the MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

03/21/2014: Boston + Mass General: Together We Finish

The 2014 Boston Marathon is fast approaching and the hospital has many opportunities for staff to show their MGH pride and support the 218 runners, including more than 80 staff members, who are running for the MGH’s three teams this year.

03/21/2014: What's Happening: March 21, 2014

What's Happening: March 21, 2014

03/21/2014: New approach for breast reconstruction surgery

Amy S. Colwell, MD, surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses a new approach for breast reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis.

03/21/2014: Down Syndrome Day: Ben Majewski Speaks at UN

Panel discussions on “Health and wellbeing – Access and equality for all” (on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day).

03/14/2014: A new kind of mammogram comes to Revere

The latest breakthrough in mammography, breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is now available at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center.

03/14/2014: Creating hope from loss

Inspired by his wife's memory, Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, and his MGH colleagues set out to create a vaccine to attack tumors in patients already diagnosed with cancer.

03/14/2014: Hand hygiene – a decade of progress

This month marks 10 years since the hospitalwide rollout of the MGH Hand Hygiene Program, developed by the Stop the Transmission of Pathogens (STOP) Task Force.

03/14/2014: Transplant Center has record year

2013 was a record-breaking year for the MGH Transplant Center with 207 transplants performed.

03/14/2014: Hitting the pavement for two special patients

Aura Obando, MD, a medicine-pediatrics resident in her last year of residency will run the Boston Marathon in honor of the Sanchez-Ruballos family as part of the Mass General Marathon Team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time.

03/14/2014: ‘Together to end stroke’

Natalia Rost, MD, MPH, addressed the importance of a statewide approach to treating stroke patients during the American Heart Association’s Stroke Lobby Day event, “Together to End Stroke,” on Feb. 25 at the Massachusetts State House.

03/14/2014: Fifty stars honored for safety

Nominated by peers for their efforts to improve and enhance patient safety at the MGH, 50 Patient Safety Stars were honored at the fifth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation Breakfast on March 5 in the East Garden Room.

03/14/2014: What's Happening: March 14, 2014

What's Happening: March 14, 2014

03/14/2014: Mass General surgeon shares his 2013 Boston Marathon experience

David King, MD, trauma surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, shares his inspirational experience running the 2013 Boston Marathon and operating on bombing victims.

03/12/2014: Newly diagnosed Crohn's disease patients show imbalance in intestinal microbial population

A multi-institutional study led by investigators from MGH and the Broad Institute has identified how the intestinal microbial population of newly diagnosed Crohn's disease patients differs from that of individuals free of inflammatory bowel disease.

03/12/2014: Cancer Research Award

2014 Massachusetts General Hospital Award in Cancer Research given to Hans Clevers, MD, PhD.

03/11/2014: Patients with repeat ED visits for opioid overdose more likely to be hospitalized, require respiratory support

A study conducted by MGH investigators found that patients brought to hospital emergency departments more than once in a year for treatment of opioid drug overdoses are more likely to be hospitalized for overdose and to need respiratory support with a mechanical ventilator. The study also identified factors that increased the risk of subsequent overdoses requiring emergency department visits.

03/11/2014: New procedure reverses heart disease symptoms

Massachussets General Hospital offers a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic total occlusions (CTOs).

03/10/2014: PHENICE ZAWATSKY, LICSW, OF EVERETT JOINS MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Mass General Hospital and CSAC, the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, recently welcomed Phenice Zawatsky, LICSW, of Everett as the Charlestown’s new Clinical Social Worker. Phenice will oversee the Charlestown Family Support Circle, an initiative designed to identify and intervene with at-risk adolescents and their families and to improve the connection among Charlestown service providers to support local individuals and families.

03/10/2014: People With Intellectual Disabilities Get a Say in Drug Trials

Wall Street Journal article mentions Mass General Down Syndrome program.

03/08/2014: Chelsea Police Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - April 26 (10am-2pm)

Chief Brian A. Kyes and City Manager Jay Ash announced this week that the Chelsea Police Department will be taking part in a national one day drug take back initiative with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). On Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10AM to 2PM the (DEA) will coordinate a nationwide one-day collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies.

03/07/2014: Mass General leads protocols for managing cardiac CT radiation exposure

Since Mass General acquired an advanced dual-source CT scanner in 2009, researchers in the Department of Radiology have used new scanning methods to minimize radiation dose for cardiac CT.

03/07/2014: Enabling research with the Partners Biobank

Three years ago, investigators at the MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital launched the Partners HealthCare Biobank, a program designed to accelerate medical research and cut related costs across the Partners system.

03/07/2014: Typhoon Haiyan: Looking back and moving forward

On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and making it the most deadly typhoon in that nation’s history.

03/07/2014: New Partners eCare Toolkit for MGH

MGH staff are encouraged to visit the new Partners eCare Toolkit to view a variety of helpful materials to help you become more familiar with the Epic-based system now being implemented at the hospital and throughout Partners HealthCare.

03/07/2014: Giving back, one step at a time

Leeds Pierce was 10 years old when her father ran the Boston Marathon in her honor as part of the Mass General Marathon Team “Fighting Kids Cancer ... One Step at a Time.”

03/07/2014: A silver lining in Sochi

Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery and U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team doctor, at center, savors her final days in Sochi, Russia.

03/07/2014: ‘Boston Marathon Caregivers One Year Later’

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Conference on Boston Teaching Hospitals will host “Boston Marathon Caregivers One Year Later: Moving Forward with Healing and Renewed Compassion,” a series of special sessions for hospital staff, first responders and medical tent volunteers.

03/07/2014: Transforming primary care

Nearly 80 clinicians, administrators, and support staff from the MGH Chelsea Adult Medicine Practice reviewed successes and mapped out future plans as part of a half-day retreat on Jan. 24 focused on transforming primary care.

03/07/2014: Safe passage

It was a perfect slide into second base. Keith Harris was safe – but a small abrasion on his left leg would prove otherwise.

03/07/2014: What's Happening: March 7, 2014

What's Happening: March 7, 2014

03/06/2014: The Personalized Medicine Approach to Treating Myeloma

Dr. Noopur Raje, Director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, discusses the results of a practice changing trial, presented at the American Society of Hematolog (ASH) Conference, confirming the continuous use of lenalidomide in the newly diagnosed myeloma patient.

03/05/2014: Novel cancer vaccine holds promise against ovarian cancer, mesothelioma

A novel approach to cancer immunotherapy may provide a cost-effective weapon against some of the most deadly tumors, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. A protein engineered by MGH investigators to combine a molecule targeting a tumor antigen with an immune-function stimuating protein prolonged survival in animal models of both tumors.

03/03/2014: IQ-Boosting Drugs Aim to Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn

Bloomberg article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome program.

02/28/2014: The MGH honored as ‘most admired’

For the second consecutive year, the MGH was named the Readers’ Choice Most Admired Health Care Company in Massachusetts during the Boston Business Journal’s 2014 Most Admired Companies, CEOs and Brands luncheon on Feb. 14.

02/28/2014: Fan favorites

Boston Bruins players visited the MGHfC as part of an auction item sold during the 14th annual Storybook Ball, a fundraiser that supports MGHfC research initiatives and patient care service programs.

02/28/2014: Camargo receives first Conn Chair

Alasdair Conn, MD, chief emeritus of MGH Department of Emergency Medicine who led the department for more than 25 years, was honored during a Feb. 12 ceremony with the establishment of the Alasdair K. T. Conn, MD Endowed Chair in Emergency Medicine.

02/28/2014: A second chance

Since childhood, Keith and Kevin Mullen have shared many life experiences, but the twin brothers never thought open-heart surgery would be on that list.

02/28/2014: Nurses on the run

Six nurses on the Blake 12 Intensive Care Unit are planning to run the 2014 Boston Marathon – five for charity teams and one as a qualified runner.

02/28/2014: Body image concerns among teen boys can lead to depression, steroid use

“Body image concerns are not just a feminine issue. Boys and men struggle with distorted body image too, and some who feel they are unable to achieve ‘perfection’ are really suffering and may be taking drastic measures."

02/28/2014: What's Happening: Feb. 28, 2014

What's Happening: Feb. 28, 2014

02/28/2014: What is Partners eCare?

Partners eCare is a Partners-wide initiative to implement the Epic electronic health record and administrative system by 2017.

02/28/2014: Can Down Syndrome Be Treated?

Science Magazine article features Dr. Brian Skotko of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program.

02/27/2014: High-calorie feeding may slow progression of ALS

Increasing the number of calories consumed by patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be a relatively simple way of extending their survival. A phase 2 clinical trial led by Massachusetts General Hospital physicians found that ALS patients receiving a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate tube-feeding formula lived longer with fewer adverse events than participants who received a standard formula designed maintain their weight.

02/24/2014: Specialized cognitive behavioral therapy improves blood sugar control in depressed patients with type 2 diabetes

A program of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses both mood and diabetes self-care led to improved blood sugar control and produced faster relief of depression in patients with poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes.

02/24/2014: Life After Cancer

After eight years in remission, Meredith Johnston and her younger sister Marissa Hudson are running the Boston Marathon with the Mass General Boston Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” to show kids that there is life after cancer.

02/20/2014: Survey finds rural primary care physicians as committed to professionalism, quality improvement as their urban counterparts

A new study finds few meaningful differences between rural and urban primary care physicians on key measures of professionalism, including their attitudes about participation in quality care improvement.

02/19/2014: Creating an Indoor Winter Wonderland

The Child Life Team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children shares some tips for fun indoor activities to help parents have fun with their kids while avoiding the harsh winter weather.

02/14/2014: Caring for chronic wounds

With rising life expectancy in the U.S. and the increasing prevalence of chronic medical conditions, the need for advanced treatment of chronic wounds also is on the rise.

02/14/2014: A model mentor

Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, was presented with the 2013 John T. Potts Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award during a Feb. 12 celebration in the Trustees Room.

02/14/2014: Sweet support

Amanda Darling, RN, awoke to a voicemail requesting she return the call regarding the results of a core biopsy on a suspicious lump in her breast.

02/14/2014: The heart hustle

On Feb. 7, National Wear Red Day, visitors to the MGH were surprised and entertained by an impromptu flash mob at Coffee Central.

02/14/2014: A dose of happiness

Alix Chaguan, 34, is one of many adults with Down syndrome who also was born with debilitating heart disease.

02/14/2014: Happy New Year!

On Feb. 8, the MGH Chinese Scientists and Staff Association hosted its annual Lunar New Year’s Day Party to welcome the Year of The Horse.

02/14/2014: A positive partnership

When Cindy Candamil was ready to give birth to her second child at the MGH, she became one of the first patients to benefit from a budding partnership between the midwives of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and Birthing Gently.

02/14/2014: What's Happening: Feb. 14, 2014

What's Happening: Feb. 14, 2014

02/13/2014: Treating Hunger As a Health Issue

Some hospitals have established protocols to identify patients who have difficulty affording food. Since 2008, Massachusetts General Hospital has screened its senior and youth patients for food insecurity. A “yes” response to one of two screening questions prompts hospital staff to help patients complete the SNAP application.

02/12/2014: Pregabalin effectively treats restless leg syndrome, less likely than dopamine drugs to worsen symptoms

A year-long study has found that pregabalin – FDA-approved to treat nerve pain and seizures – was effective in reducing symptoms of restless leg syndrome and, with long-term treatment, was less likely than pramipexole – which activates the dopamine neurotransmission system and is FDA approved for RLS treatment – to cause worsening of symptoms.

02/07/2014: First Huntington disease prevention trial shows treatment safety, suggests slowing of presymptomatic progression

The first clinical trial of a drug intended to delay the onset of symptoms of Huntington disease reveals that high-dose treatment with the nutritional supplement creatine was safe and well tolerated by most study participants. In addition, neuroimaging provided evidence that creatine might slow the progression of presymptomatic disease.

02/07/2014: Heart smarts

In recognition of American Heart Month, MGH physicians share their tips for the best ways to "love your heart."

02/07/2014: Desanctis departs after 59 years

Desanctis, 83, who was one of the oldest practicing physicians at the MGH, retired last week.

02/07/2014: DeSanctis departs after 59 years

Roman DeSanctis, MD, director of Clinical Cardiology emeritus at the MGH, retires.

02/07/2014: EAP: Here to help

The Partners Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a voluntary and confidential service available to all MGH and Partners HealthCare employees and their immediate household members, recently received a four-year reaccreditation honor from the Council on Accreditation (COA).

02/07/2014: Next steps for Partners eCare

The July 12 revenue cycle go live date for Partners eCare at the MGH – which includes implementation of new administrative and financial systems that support functions such as registration, scheduling, admissions, coding and billing – is quickly approaching.

02/07/2014: The right chemistry

This year, 57 students worked with 63 MGH mentors; and another 54 MGH volunteers served as judges for the MGH/Timilty Science Fair Project, coordinated by the Center for Community Health Improvement.

02/07/2014: Kelly first incumbent to Spallin Professorship

John F. Kelly, PhD, associate director of the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine and program director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service, has been named as the inaugural incumbent of the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professorship in Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

02/07/2014: What's Happening: Feb. 7, 2014

What's Happening: Feb. 7, 2014

02/04/2014: Ask the expert: The myths and facts about women and heart disease

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the myths surrounding women and heart disease.

02/03/2014: Gene mutation defines brain tumors that benefit from aggressive surgery

A new study has found that patients with malignant astrocytoma – the most common malignant brain tumor – whose tumors carry a specific genetic mutation benefit greatly from surgical removal of the largest possible amount of tumor.

01/31/2014: Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) Website Offers Resources for Patients and Researchers

The Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) website is devoted to supporting clinical research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neuron disease (MND).

01/31/2014: A New Approach to Fibroid Management

The Fibroid Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers patients access to a full range of multidisciplinary options to treat uterine fibroids.

01/31/2014: BBJ: Vote for MGH in ‘Reader’s Choice’ poll

Cast your vote to make the MGH the most admired health care company in the state.

01/31/2014: Joanne Marqusee named president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson

Joanne Marqusee has been named president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, effective March 31.

01/31/2014: Sweet treats

All blood and platelet donors at the MGH Blood Donor Center on Feb. 5, 19 and 27 will enjoy a variety of delicious cupcakes from some of Boston’s best bakeries as part of the center’s fourth annual Cupcake Tasting Event.

01/31/2014: In the spirit of giving

On Jan. 17, Spirit Halloween Superstores representatives presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $41,775.

01/31/2014: Johnson sets her sights on Sochi

Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a Foot and Ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, will travel to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 1 to watch – and watch over – the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team.

01/31/2014: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each January, the MGH takes time to honor the life of legendary civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is recognized and celebrated across the country.

01/31/2014: Battling a weighty issue

Currently no Massachusetts law prohibits weight-based discrimination in the workplace. W. Scott Butsch, MD, MSc, an obesity medicine specialist in the MGH Weight Center, is working to change that.

01/31/2014: Cheering the home team

To cheer on the New England Patriots in their pursuit of the AFC Championship, MGH Human Resources raffled official merchandise autographed by Patriots players during the week of Jan. 13.

01/31/2014: Tufts Health Plan Foundation awards grant to MGH Revere HealthCare Center

The MGH Revere HealthCare Center received a $50,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in support of its innovative Senior Wellness Program.

01/31/2014: Winter wonderland

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Cancer Center Winterfest Program was held on Jan. 5 at the Liberty Hotel.

01/31/2014: What's Happening: Jan. 31, 2014

What's Happening: Jan. 31, 2014

01/30/2014: Calling all Veterans

Military veterans who are diagnosed with ALS are eligible for service-connected benefits.

01/30/2014: ALS Clinical Trials Liaison Available to Help Connect PALS With Clinical Research Information

NEALS and ALSA partner to offer clinical trial liaison service to help people with ALS navigate the world of clinical research.

01/30/2014: Statement on Future U.S. BrainStorm Clinical Trial

Formal statement on the forthcoming US Brainstorm trial

01/30/2014: Winterfest Welcomes Wally

Mass General Hospital for Children's Cancer Center celebrated its annual Winterfest program on Sunday, January 5th at the Liberty Hotel.

01/27/2014: Neurology Session for MGH Youth Scholars Inspires Poem

Reflections of two MGH Youth Scholars after their four-week session learning about strokes from the MGH Neurology Department.

01/26/2014: Shortening guide RNA markedly improves specificity of CRISPR-Cas nucleases

MGH investigators have found that adjusting the length of the the guide RNA component of the gene-editing tools called CRISPR-Cas RNA-guided nucleases can substantially reduce the occurrence of DNA mutations at off-target sites.

01/24/2014: Decision-support tool improves adherence to recommendations for lung nodule follow up

Researchers in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified an approach to improve adherence to evidence-based guidelines for lung nodule follow-up care.

01/24/2014: How to stay healthy and active during the winter

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, offers advice on how the whole family can stay active and healthy during freezing temperatures.

01/21/2014: A Mass General breast technologist tells her patients why she never misses a mammogram

Dolores Dunne LeGeyt is a Mass General breast imaging technologist who has never missed a mammogram. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

01/21/2014: Shutting down myeloma growth

Shutting down myeloma growth by changing the soil where it grows with Dr. Noopur Raje of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center

01/17/2014: Mass. General researcher Gary Ruvkun a co-recipient of 2014 Wolf Prize

MGH investigator Gary Ruvkun, PhD, has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine, along with Victor Ambros, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Nahum Sonenberg, PhD of McGill University. Ruvkun and Ambros are being honored for discovering that tiny molecules of RNA control the activity of other genes that encode proteins in animals.

01/17/2014: Playing it forward

Brahms and Bach filled the Goethe-Institut Boston on Dec. 15 for the fourth annual Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center (VAC) Benefit Concert, hosted by the MGH Department of Dermatology and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

01/17/2014: Preserving the MGH’s oldest patient

Padihershef may be a mummy, but his story is no longer under wraps. The results of a year-long conservation project, under the direction of the MGH Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation, were shared at the museum’s first evening lecture of 2014.

01/17/2014: In memoriam: Marie Février

A beloved colleague and friend, Marie Février, a patient care associate at the MGH, died Dec. 30 at the age of 60.

01/17/2014: Marathon mural inspires

Little blue footprints cross a make-believe Hopkinton starting line in the newly unveiled Mass General Boston Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time,” mural in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) on Yawkey 8.

01/17/2014: #run4mgh

For the first time, the MGH will have three charity teams running on April 21. With over 200 members, this is the largest MGH community roster.

01/17/2014: Russell Museum Lecture Schedule 2014

Russell Museum Lecture Schedule 2014

01/17/2014: Research could expand hand, face transplant availability

A procedure developed at the MGH to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants has now been shown to also induce tolerance to model tissue transplants in miniature swine.

01/17/2014: A reflection of kindness

Melissa Waters, a beautician in The General Hair Care Salon at the MGH, took what she calls “a leap of faith” when she began at the MGH in September. At first she felt out of her element caring for patients but she soon found her way.

01/17/2014: What's Happening: Jan. 17, 2014

What's Happening: Jan. 17, 2014

01/15/2014: 'Barcode' profiling enables analysis of hundreds of tumor marker proteins at once

A new technology developed at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Systems Biology allows simultaneous analysis of hundreds of cancer-related protein markers from miniscule patient samples gathered through minimally invasive methods.

01/15/2014: Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Massachusetts General Hospital, the Broad Institute, and Amgen announced today that they have launched a strategic collaboration to jointly discover and validate new therapeutic targets and develop novel therapies for inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic disorder that affects millions worldwide.

01/12/2014: MGH/Ragon Institute study identifies population of stem-like cells where HIV persists in spite of treatment

Investigators from MGH and the Ragon Institute may have found where HIV persists in the body in spite of antiviral treatment – in a small group of recently identified T cells with stem-cell-like properties.

01/12/2014: Multi-institutional team finds targetable mutation in rare brain tumor

A team led by investigators from MGH, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Broad Institute has found that a gene mutation associated with several types of cancer also may be responsible for a rare but debilitating brain tumor called papillary craniopharyngioma.

01/10/2014: Easing winter storm woes

MGH emergency preparedness personnel and department leadership, along with city and state officials, engage in extensive planning to ensure the hospital continues to operate safely and efficiently during a snowstorm.

01/10/2014: Understanding trauma-informed care

Liz Speakman, LICSW, director of HAVEN, explains how a new trauma-informed care initiative is underway that will shape the delivery of care at the MGH and across the Partners HealthCare system.

01/10/2014: New year, new lease on life

When the call came in at 4 am, just before Christmas, Eric Fritz, 38, of Liverpool, N.Y., was so surprised he made the transplant coordinator tell him twice. After a year of waiting, he had a donor liver.

01/10/2014: Students diagnose their futures

This is the second year the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement have offered local high school students a five-week introduction to careers in health care.

01/10/2014: Robert Bergman, RN, CCRN

Robert Bergman, RN, a staff nurse on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), died unexpectedly Dec. 10 at the age of 45.

01/10/2014: Laser may increase vaccine effectiveness

New research indicates that using a particular laser to pre-treat the site of a flu shot may boost the body’s immune response against influenza.

01/10/2014: Graubert appointed first incumbent of the Hagler Family Chair

Timothy A. Graubert, MD, program director for Hematologic Malignancies at the MGH Cancer Center, was honored Nov. 18 with the first Hagler Family Chair in Hematologic Malignancies.

01/10/2014: Flu season has arrived

Although this year’s flu season seems less intense than last year, the CDC says they have seen “significant increases” in flu activity in recent weeks.

01/10/2014: What's Happening: Jan. 10, 2014

What's Happening: Jan. 10, 2014

01/09/2014: Mass. General research could expand availability of hand, face transplants

Making an important step towards greater availability of hand and face transplants, MGH investigators have shown that a procedure developed to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants can induce tolerance to a model limb transplant in miniature swine.

01/07/2014: "Traffic light" food labels, prominent positioning of healthy items produce lasting purchase choice changes

The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria.

01/07/2014: Longer-term varenicline treatment improves tobacco abstinence for people with serious mental illness

Extended treatment with the smoking cessation drug varenicline significantly improved the ability of individuals with serious mental illness to maintain abstinence from tobacco after a standard 12-week course of treatment.

01/07/2014: Researchers discover molecule behind the benefits of exercise

While it's clear that exercise can improve health and longevity, the changes that occur in the body to facilitate these benefits are less clear. Now MGH researchers have discovered a molecule that is produced during exercise and contributes to the beneficial effects of exercise on metabolism.

01/07/2014: Padihershef

The Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation invites you to attend the first evening lecture in the 2014 Lecture Series

01/06/2014: Tiny Technology Enables Improved Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells

The ability to detect circulating tumor cells as they travel through the blood can play an important role in early diagnosis, characterization of cancer subtypes, treatment monitoring and metastasis.

01/02/2014: Tips for Spotting and Avoiding Frostbite

Mary Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNPC, an acute care nurse practitioner at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center, offers tips for avoiding and recognizing frostbite.

12/31/2013: General Surgery News: Questions for Sherry Scovell, MD

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, addresses a case of a patient with symptomatic right leg varicose veins, aching, heaviness and fatigue.

12/31/2013: National experts publish final lung cancer screening recommendations

With implications for insurance coverage, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual low-dose CT scans to reduce lung cancer deaths.

12/27/2013: 2013: The year in review

The year in review: A look at some of the many notable events that took place in 2013

12/23/2013: Inosine treatment safely elevates urate levels in Parkinson disease patients

A clinical trial assessing the potential of the nutritional supplement inosine to treat Parkinson disease has found that the studied dosages successfully raised participants' levels of the antioxidant urate without producing serious side effects.

12/22/2013: New lungs give Peru man new life

Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons perform life-saving double lung transplant on patient Chad Kiniry of Peru.

12/20/2013: New genetic risk factor for type 2 diabetes revealed

An international team of researchers in Mexico and the United States has uncovered a new genetic clue that contributes to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly the elevated risk among Mexican and other Latin American populations.

12/20/2013: Childhood Obesity: The Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice

Research of Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

12/20/2013: Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Botswana

Research of Kathleen Powis, MD, MPH

12/20/2013: Tracking Salmonella and Fighting Leishmaniasis

Combined Research Meeting for the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center and Pediatric Gastroenterology Division

12/20/2013: Songs of the season

At the annual MGH Chaplaincy Songfest, spirit and smiling faces filled the White corridor as jolly staff members and volunteers in festive attire serenaded an audience.

12/20/2013: Santa told to sleigh down

Mr. Kris Kringle, an 895-year-old male, was admitted to the MGH Dec. 13 with complaints of abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting.

12/20/2013: Santa's helpers

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient Polina Connor, 12, gets a surprise visit and gift bag from Santa and his helpful elves in the Department of Orthopædic Surgery.

12/20/2013: Honoring donors

The MGH will help honor organ and tissue donors at the 100th Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day.

12/20/2013: Holiday cheer

‘Tis the season for MGHers to gather and celebrate with melodic music and tasty treats at the annual Holiday Receptions, hosted by President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

12/20/2013: In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 20, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 20, 2013

12/20/2013: Elf off the shelf

MGH Imaging’s Elf on the Shelf, “X Ray Dodd,” was spied this month visiting the Ether Dome, Coffee Central and the Pediatric waiting room.

12/20/2013: Friendly competition

Every year residents from the departments of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Pediatrics; Surgery; and Medicine face off in a friendly contest – organized by the Department of Anesthesia – to see which department can collect the most gifts for the Toys for Tots holiday drive.

12/20/2013: Angelic voices

The Choir of Clare College, University of Cambridge performed “Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent” in the MGH Chapel Dec 10.

12/20/2013: Lighting the way

On Dec. 2, the fifth night of Chanukah, Stan Wasserman, a physician assistant in Cardiac Surgery, lit the menorah at the annual MGH Community Chanukah Celebration in the Thier Conference Room.

12/20/2013: Winning music

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patient T. Jae Arnold, 7, wowed Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton and catcher Ryan Lavarnway with his prowess on the xylophone during the 2013 Red Sox Holiday Trophy Tour Dec. 9.

12/20/2013: Celebrity surprise

MGHfC patient and future firefighter Douglas Davis, 4, of Billerica, smiles after receiving a fire truck lunch box from R&B star Robin Thicke.

12/20/2013: Gracious gifts

On Christmas Eve day, Santa Claus will make a special stop at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children to deliver gifts on behalf of the MGH Blood Donor Center.

12/20/2013: What's Happening: Dec. 20, 2013

What's Happening: Dec. 20, 2013

12/20/2013: Celebrity surprise

MGHfC patient and future firefighter Douglas Davis, 4, of Billerica, smiles after receiving a fire truck lunch box from R&B star Robin Thicke.

12/18/2013: Nightclub fire survivor thriving after hand transplant

Station nightclub fire survivor Joe Kinan discusses his incredible path to recovery since undergoing the first hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

12/18/2013: New hypertension guidelines could lower use of blood pressure medications

Randall Zusman, MD, director of the division of hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center responds to the new hypetension guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

12/16/2013: Physicians who prefer hospice care for themselves more likely to discuss hospice with patients

Although the vast majority of physicians participating in a multiregional study indicated that they would personally enroll in hospice care if they received a terminal cancer diagnosis, less than one-third would discuss hospice care early in the course of treating a terminally ill cancer patient.

12/13/2013: Differences in plaque composition, immune activation may explain elevated cardiovascular risk in HIV-infected women

An MGH research team has discovered a possible mechanism behind the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease in women infected with HIV, a risk even higher than that of HIV-infected men.

12/13/2013: Jay Austen named inaugural MGH Trustees Chair in Plastic Surgery

Colleagues, friends and family gathered Nov. 5 in the Sweet Room to celebrate the designation of W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as the first MGH Trustees Chair in Plastic Surgery.

12/13/2013: Promoting Diversity

On Nov. 21, The MGH Department of Psychiatry Diversity Center presented the Frances J. Bonner, MD, Award to Joseph E. Trimble, PhD, professor of Psychology at Western Washington University.

12/13/2013: Disparities forum celebrates successes, honors mayor

On Dec. 5, the committee marked its 10-year anniversary with a special event in the O’Keeffe Auditorium, which also honored Menino for his service and support.

12/13/2013: Healing Haiti

It would be one of the first steps toward healing, Ernst Montoban says, if a security officer posted at the entrance of Haiti’s newest hospital greeted patients with a smile and patient, reassuring words.

12/13/2013: In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 13, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 13, 2013

12/13/2013: MGHfC expands research efforts with new enterprise in Italy

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has partnered with the city of Salerno, Italy to establish an international research and education center.

12/13/2013: Leffert lecture explores palliative care options

The MGH Division of Palliative Care hosted the third annual Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture Nov. 19.

12/13/2013: In Memoriam: Rose Claire Cornely

Rose Claire Cornely, who worked for MGH Environmental Services for 34 years, died Nov. 30 at the age of 86.

12/13/2013: Reducing slips, trips and falls

Alarmed by the number of reported falls by employees during 2011 and 2012, a committee of MGH managers and employees was formed last summer to discuss ways to make the hospital safer and eliminate preventable slips, trips and falls.

12/13/2013: Guiding future research

Some 80 people attended the MGH Transplant Research Symposium on Nov. 18 and 19 at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard in Cambridge to review current transplant research and to generate a comprehensive, strategic plan to help guide future research efforts.

12/13/2013: What's Happening: Dec 13, 2013

What's Happening: Dec 13, 2013

12/13/2013: Tips for enjoying the holidays with food allergies

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center experts share their surefire tips for ensuring families with food allergies experience a happy and healthy holiday season.

12/11/2013: Boston Hospital Trio Awarded $25 Million NIH Grant to Study Critical Limb Ischemia

A team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Medical Center and MGH has been awarded $25 million by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a clinical trial comparing traditional bypass surgery with a less invasive treatment alternative for patients with critical limb ischemia.

12/11/2013: Brief laser-light treatment may significantly improve effectiveness of influenza vaccines

Pretreating the site of intradermal vaccination – vaccine delivered into the skin rather than to muscles beneath the skin – with a particular wavelength of laser light may substantially improve vaccine effectiveness without the adverse effects of chemical additives currently used to boost vaccine efficacy.

12/11/2013: Alzheimer’s Disease Gene Discovery & Drug Discovery

“This is the largest collection of familial Alzheimer’s whole-genome sequences in the world,” Dr. Tanzi says, comprising half a petabyte of data, equivalent to the entire contents of the Library of Congress. “This is as big as big data gets.” 

12/10/2013: Spinal Metastases & Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery has shifted the paradigm of treating patients by minimizing the morbidity of conventional surgery and, focusing on tumor control.

12/10/2013: Dietary Therapy for Pediatric Epilepsy

Dietary therapy is prescribed most often for patients with refractory epilepsy, whose seizures have not been controlled despite trying multiple antiepileptic drugs.

12/10/2013: Tau Pathology Spreading out from the Entorhinal Cortex Can be Reversed

Neurofibrillary tangles - largely composed of tau protein- are one of the two pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

12/10/2013: Cranial Base Endoscopic Surgery

Advances in endoscopic equipment, and constant honing of surgical technique have improved patient outcomes for scull base tumors.

12/10/2013: Alzheimer's Early Treatment

Can anti-amyloid antibody treatment reverse Alzheimer’s disease pathology before memory loss sets in?

12/10/2013: Alzheimer’s Preclinical Disease Biomarker

Mark Albers, MD, PhD, is developing a set of simple but powerful tools to screen for the very earliest stages of preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease.

12/10/2013: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter December 2013

In this issue: spinal metastases & stereotactic radiosurgery; skull base tumors & endoscopic surgery; pediatric epilepsy dietary therapy; Alzheimer Disease: tau pathology; drug & gene discovery; early treatment; preclinical diagnostic tools.

12/10/2013: Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School

People with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders soon will have something to celebrate with the recent launch of the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School. Advancing basic and clinical research is the main goal of the partnership of experts in celiac care from Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with collaboration in clinical and training initiatives.

12/10/2013: Mural reflects Mass General Marathon Team legacy

Little blue footprints cross the starting line in Hopkinton, or so it seems upon entering the newly unveiled Mass General Marathon Team gallery in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit. The hallway mural, a physical reflection of the joy, inspiration, and hope that defines the Mass General Marathon Team, includes a montage of photos, quotes, news clippings and art capturing the team’s legacy.

12/09/2013: Mass General exhibits lauded at RSNA 2013

Mass General radiologists and researchers figured prominently in the list of winning educational and scientific exhibits presented at the RSNA annual meeting.

12/06/2013: Clinical waste may prove valuable for monitoring treatment response in ovarian cancer

MGH investigators have developed a microchip-based device that can isolate and identify tumor cells found in ascites – an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen that often occurs in abdominal cancers – potentially simplifying the monitoring of treatment response in ovarian cancer and other malignancies.

12/06/2013: Pathology scholarship creates career advancement opportunities

In her nearly 40 years at the MGH, and in every position she served in the Pathology service, Ann Bitzer was committed to career development.

12/06/2013: The season for giving

The MGH Blood Donor Center celebrated its top employee donors during an appreciation breakfast Dec. 2 in the Thier Conference Room.

12/06/2013: Always on duty

Responding quickly to life and death situations is a part of daily life as a nurse at the MGH. However, saving lives is sometimes as simple as being in the right place at the right time.

12/06/2013: Distinguished Health Care Professional Award

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse, received the Distinguished Health Care Professional Award from Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

12/06/2013: In Memoriam: George B. Murray, SJ, MD

George B. Murray, SJ, MD, who worked in the MGH Department of Psychiatry for nearly 40 years, died Nov. 18 at the age of 82.

12/06/2013: In Memoriam: George R. Prout, MD

George R. Prout, MD, chief of Urology at the MGH from 1969 to 1989, died on Nov. 12 at the age of 89.

12/06/2013: Another MGH team travels to Philippines

A team of six MGH staff members arrived in the Philippines earlier this week and will be based at a hospital in Tapaz, a city on the island of Panay.

12/06/2013: ‘Inspiring employees through change’

“Change is everywhere – leading change is an absolutely essential skill.” With those words, Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH, senior vice president of Quality and Safety and chief quality officer, kicked off the sixth annual Women in Leadership event.

12/06/2013: What's Happening: Dec. 6, 2013

What's Happening: Dec. 6, 2013

12/06/2013: MGH showcases hypertension exhibit at Museum of Science

To help promote awareness of high blood pressure, or hypertension, physicians in the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care have now teamed with the Museum of Science in Boston to help educate the thousands of visitors who pass through the museum doors on a daily basis.

12/04/2013: Study Highlights Massive Benefits of HIV Treatment in South Africa

Antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection has saved 2.8 million years of life in South Africa since 2004 and is projected to save an additional 15.1 million years of life by 2030, according to a new study published online in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

12/03/2013: Walter Guralnick, DMD, MD, honored by Chinese Dean

Walter Guralnick, DMD, MD, a retired former Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital, was recently honored for his contribution to the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the Medical College in Chengdu, China.

12/01/2013: Strides in Understanding and Treating ALS

The Northeast ALS Consortium, co-founded by Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Merit Cudkowicz, MD, has spurred basic and translational research that has led to investigational therapies and improved patient outcomes.

12/01/2013: Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation for Chronic Pancreatitis

Massachusetts General Hospital offers the unique dual procedure of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplation for pain relief and diabetes prevention in patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

12/01/2013: SIRT6 Deficiency: A Driving Force in Cancer Progression

New research performed at Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrates that SIRT6 deficiency is a driving force in cancer progression.

12/01/2013: Intravascular Structural and Molecular Imaging of Atherosclerosis

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are combining two imaging techniques—molecular and structural—to better predict which structurally mild coronary artery plaques are liable to rupture.

12/01/2013: Turner Syndrome Clinic Offers a Lifetime of Coordinated Multispecialty Care

Opened in October of 2011 under the leadership of medical geneticist Angela Lin, MD, and Lynne L. Levitsky, MD, chief of pediatric endocrinology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and joined by reproductive endocrinologist Frances Hayes, MD, in 2013, the Turner Syndrome Clinic at MGHfC provides comprehensive evaluation and individualized care for newborns, toddlers and adolescents with Turner syndrome.

11/29/2013: Interventional radiologists discover potential new approach to treat obesity

In a study to be presented at this year's RSNA, Mass General radiologists observed potential for a minimally invasive approach to treat obesity.

11/28/2013: Researchers find a missing component in effort to create primitive, synthetic cells

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital investigators working to create "protocells" – primitive synthetic cells consisting of a nucleic acid strand encased within a membrane-bound compartment – have accomplished an important step towards their goal, finding a solution to the potential incompatibility between a chemical requirement of RNA copying and the stability of the protocell membrane.

11/25/2013: Mass General radiologists to present at RSNA 2013

Mass General radiologists will present over 100 papers and posters at the upcoming RSNA annual meeting.

11/25/2013: Mass General Supports Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts

Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, leads a disaster response team from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. Dr. Aschkenasy chronicles the MGH response to Typhoon Haiyan with the International Medical Corps in the Philippines.

11/25/2013: Mass General Supports Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts

Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, leads a disaster response team of seven nurses, doctors and pharmacists from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. She chronicles the team's response to Typhoon Haiyan with the International Medical Corps in the Philippines.

11/25/2013: 'Flashes of Hope' Captures Smiles on Camera

As part of a Flashes of Hope photo shoot, patients and families from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic had a unique opportunity to capture special memories in professional black and white photography. The volunteer-driven organization, based in Cleveland, takes professional portraits of children with cancer or life-limiting illness as a way to honor their lives and raise funds to support cancer research.

11/24/2013: Study identifies protein essential for innate immune recognition, response to viral infection

An MGH-led research team has identified an immune cell protein that is critical to setting off the body's initial response against viral infection. The report describes finding that a protein called GEF-H1 is essential to the ability of macrophages – major contributors to the innate immune system – to respond to viral infections like influenza.

11/22/2013: Mass General study analyzes unicycle injuries in the United States.

A Massachusetts General Hospital study has identified, for the first time, the types of injuries incurred in unicycle accidents in the United States.

11/22/2013: What's Happening: Nov. 22, 2013

What's Happening: Nov. 22, 2013

11/22/2013: How the Affordable Care Act affects the MGH

New options for health insurance through the recently rolled out federal Affordable Care Act have created challenges for Massachusetts hospitals.

11/22/2013: Bidding adieu to the Blue Card

On Oct. 1 – with very little fanfare but a lot of behind-the-scenes planning – production of the once beloved Blue Card ended.

11/22/2013: Random caps of kindness

More than 100 handmade hats provide a warm welcome in the lobby of the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room. Hand-knit by 16 CT technologists in the MGH Department of Radiology, the colorful creations are a gift for those who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy.

11/22/2013: Chief of Otolaryngology for MEEI, MGH named

Following a year-long, national search, D. Bradley Welling, MD, PhD, FACS, has been named the next chief of Otolaryngology for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and the MGH. Welling will succeed Joseph B. Nadol Jr., MD, who is stepping down as chair and chief to focus more intensely on research. The appointment will become effective March 1, 2014.

11/22/2013: MGH team deploys to provide expertise, care in Philippines

A group of seven MGH staff members – four nurses, two physicians and a pharmacist – are now in the Philippines to support the recovery efforts following one of the largest typhoons on record.

11/22/2013: SEA therapy

Tina Wilkins, a biologist at the New England Aquarium and her co-worker Eric Payne launched SEA Star in 2012 to provide a small group of pediatric patients and their families with two-hour behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium.

11/22/2013: SEA therapy

MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) patients Delia Binette, 6, and Tyson LeBlanc, 7, stare transfixed at the glowing image that lights up the little room. Despite their age, both are familiar with X-ray machines and hospitals. But this X-ray is special – it shows the inside of a lookdown fish.

11/22/2013: One celebration, many stars

It was standing room only in the O’Keeffe Auditorium Nov. 12 as Patient Care Services (PCS) presented awards to 13 recipients at the “One Celebration of Many Stars” ceremony.

11/22/2013: Red Sox pride

MassGeneral Hospital for Children patient Olivia Walker, 6, gets a close-up look at the World Series trophy

11/20/2013: Current practice may over-diagnose vitamin D deficiency

The current "gold standard" test for measuring vitamin D status may not accurately diagnose vitamin D deficiency in black individuals.

11/20/2013: Study reveals how variant forms of APOE protein impact risk of Alzheimer's disease

A study led by MGH investigators shows that even low levels of the Alzheimer's-associated APOE4 protein can increase toxic amyloid beta brain plaques and the characteristic neuronal damage in mouse models of the disease. Introducing APOE2, a rare, potentially protective variant, reduced amyloid deposits and associated damage.

11/20/2013: Tiny antisense molecules increase 'good cholesterol' levels in obese primates

A strategy developed by MGH-based investigators to increase levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein has been shown for the first time to be effective in non-human primates.

11/20/2013: Dr. Kaban honored by Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kaban on his recent induction as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

11/19/2013: Gift supports MGH drug development, patient and family support for rare and deadly tumor

New program to create a more hopeful and supportive future for patients with the rare cancer mesothelioma.

11/19/2013: Age Affects Short-term Quality of Life After Breast Biopsy

Breast biopsies can adversely affect short-term quality-of-life, and the effects are more pronounced in younger patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

11/19/2013: Study Finds Altered Brain Connections in Epilepsy Patients

Patients with the most common form of focal epilepsy have widespread, abnormal connections in their brains that could provide clues toward diagnosis and treatment, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

11/19/2013: Mass General thoracic imaging expert answers questions about lung cancer screening

Director of Thoracic Imaging and Intervention in the Mass General Department of Radiology, Dr. Jo-Anne Shepard explains what the recent lung cancer screening recommendations mean for patients.

11/15/2013: Blocking signal-transmitting cellular pores may prevent kidney damage from diabetes, other conditions

A group of MGH investigators has identified a molecule that plays a key role in the breakdown of the kidney filter, presenting a potential therapeutic target for stopping the type of kidney damage associated with diabetes before it becomes irreversible.

11/15/2013: Calling All Candidates: OMFS Pediatric Research Fellowship / Junior Faculty Position

A unique one-year fellowship that combines laboratory and clinical research in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital with a junior faculty position at the Instructor rank.

11/15/2013: Announcing Full-Time Faculty Position: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Seeking a board-certified or eligible oral and maxillofacial surgeon

11/15/2013: Partners eCare: Redesigning how the MGH delivers care

As 2013 draws to a close, training and preparations for the first phase of the Partners eCare launch continue to expand throughout the hospital. In preparation for the system’s launch, MGH Hotline will publish a series of articles highlighting the project.

11/15/2013: Celebrating community

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children hosted its annual Fall for the Arts event Oct. 20 to celebrate the healing arts programs that Pediatric Oncology patients and their siblings participate in throughout the year.

11/15/2013: First time’s a charm: MGH performs first heart-lung transplant

36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.

11/15/2013: On the same page

For the past three years newlyweds, Peter Mundel, MD, and Anna Greka, MD, PhD, both of the Division of Nephrology in the MGH Department of Medicine, have been working with other MGH colleagues on what may be the first targeted treatment for kidney diseases.

11/15/2013: Clinical Research Day focuses on academic/industry collaboration

The focus of the 11th annual Clinical Research Day, said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, in his welcoming address, is on two missions: translating basic science findings into improvements in patient care and enhancing relationships between academic medical centers and industry.

11/15/2013: Giving thanks to veterans

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918 and is celebrated each year to honor war veterans. To pay tribute, the MGH hosted the annual Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast under the Bulfinch Tents.

11/15/2013: What's Happening: Nov. 15, 2013

What's Happening: Nov. 15, 2013

11/15/2013: WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" Special

Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was recently featured on WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" news special.

11/14/2013: Mass. General study identifies genes uniquely expressed by the brain's immune cells

MGH investigators have identified a group of genes used by the brain's immune cells – called microglia – to sense pathogenics, toxins or damaged cells that require their response. Identifying these genes should lead to better understanding of the role of microglia in normal brains and in neurodegenerative disorders.

11/13/2013: Another First for One of America's Great Healthcare Innovators

On September 9, 2013 the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care invited more than 130 visiting international physicians and their guests, in Boston for the 2013 UIP World Congress, to visit and tour their newest facilities.

11/08/2013: Repurposed drug may be first targeted treatment for serious kidney disease

A drug approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis may also turn out to be the first targeted therapy for one of the most common forms of kidney disease, a condition that almost inevitably leads to kidney failure.

11/08/2013: Miracle comes full circle

It all began in the early morning hours of Jan. 29. Dawn Joyner was rushed by ambulance from Logan Airport to the MGH. She was 32 weeks pregnant and experiencing severe pain.

11/08/2013: Benefits Open Enrollment runs through Nov. 26

Benefits Open Enrollment opened Nov. 4 and will remain in effect through Nov. 26. Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when MGH and MGPO employees can enroll in or change their benefits, unless they experience a qualified life event.

11/08/2013: The warm glow of Diwali

The East Garden Room was aglow as MGH staff gathered Nov. 5 to celebrate Diwali. Known as “the festival of lights,” Diwali is observed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs and is one of India’s biggest and most important holidays.

11/08/2013: MGH nurses: Simply the best

Patricia Livingstone, Kathleen Damian and Laura Neville, all registered nurses in the Call Center at the MGH Cancer Center, are celebrating a milestone.

11/08/2013: In Memoriam: Alan Aisenberg, MD, PhD

Alan Clifford Aisenberg, MD, PhD, who worked at the MGH for more than 50 years, died Oct. 27 at the age of 86.

11/08/2013: A new home for MGH Broadway Primary Care office

The MGH Broadway Primary Care office in Revere celebrated its relocation from 300 Broadway to a larger site at 385 Broadway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30.

11/08/2013: MGH launches Recovery Research Institute

Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, who recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety, was the keynote speaker at a special event to celebrate the launch of the MGH Recovery Research Institute (RRI), under the Department of Psychiatry.

11/08/2013: What's Happening: Nov. 8, 2013

What's Happening: Nov. 8, 2013

11/07/2013: Dr. Tim Buie of the Lurie Center talks to "Autism Speaks" about Patient Behavior and GI Distress

MGHfC pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Tim Buie talks to Autism Speaks about getting help for autistic children who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders. He discusses reducing behaviors linked to GI distress and provides some tips for parents on recognizing these behaviors and talking to pediatricians.

11/07/2013: Mass General saves patient with "incurable" tumor

David Berger, MD, surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, performs life-saving complex surgery on patient with a massive liver tumor.

11/06/2013: Postoperative pain may increase risk of temporary problems with learning, memory

The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure.

11/06/2013: Postoperative pain may increase risk of temporary problems with learning, memory

The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure.

11/05/2013: Pleasure and pain brain signals disrupted in fibromyalgia patients

New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in fibromyalgia patients.

11/04/2013: Imaging studies may predict tumor response to anti-angiogenic drugs

Advanced imaging techniques may be able to distinguish which patients' tumors will respond to treatment with anti-angiogenic drugs and which will not.

11/04/2013: Fall for the Arts: A Community Celebration in Pediatric Oncology

A crowd of children and their families came together for the annual Fall for the Arts event, hosted by the Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center on October 20th in the Yawkey Building.

11/03/2013: Mass General surgeon runs 2013 New York City Marathon

Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon David King, MD, has a run of emotions from his combined 2013 Boston and New York Marathon experiences.

11/01/2013: MGH launches new Emergency Alert System

MGH staff now can register for a new Employee Alert System, which officially launches Nov. 1.

11/01/2013: Be Fit Walking Challenge invites staff to ‘step it up’

The Be Fit Walking Challenge is an ongoing competition among staff to track the number of steps taken on a daily basis.

11/01/2013: Bowditch prize nominations sought

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Nathaniel Bowditch Prize.

11/01/2013: MGH and Mass Eye and Ear make history with auditory brainstem implant surgery

A team of surgeons, audiologists and nurses from the MGH and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary recently performed an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) on a 16-month-old patient – the youngest person in the U.S. to receive the device.

11/01/2013: Honoring a champion

Gediminas “Gedi” Margaitis, an information associate at the MGH, was honored with the inaugural MGH Disability Champion Award on Oct. 29 at a breakfast sponsored by the Employees Disabilities Resource Group.

11/01/2013: Tackling prescription drug misuse

On Oct. 16, MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, joined local, state and national experts for a Prescription Drug Abuse Town Hall Meeting in Revere to discuss solutions to the epidemic of prescription drug misuse in Massachusetts.

11/01/2013: In General Awards and Honors: Nov. 11, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Nov. 11, 2013

11/01/2013: Kenneth L. Minaker, MD, honored with endowed chair

Kenneth L. Minaker, MD, chief of the Geriatric Medicine Unit, was honored Oct. 9 as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

11/01/2013: All kids on deck

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s annual Trick or Treat Halloween Parade

11/01/2013: What's Happening: Nov. 1, 2013

What's Happening: Nov. 1, 2013

11/01/2013: Sweet Sox-cess!

MGHers rejoice over the Red Sox win.

11/01/2013: "The Art of Illness"

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation invites you to attend its latest lecture in its evening series

10/31/2013: Automated system promises precise control of medically induced coma

Putting patients with severe head injuries in induced comas requires constant monitoring of brain activity and manual adjustment of drug dosage. Now a computer-controlled system promises to automate the process, making it more precise and efficient and opening the door to more advanced control of anesthesia.

10/31/2013: Legal Initiative For Children (LINC) celebrates 10 years at MGH

Many immigrant and refugee families come to Chelsea from poor countries torn by civil war. They are war-weary and wary of authority figures. Many do not know that they have the right to complain about unsanitary rental apartments and the right to appeal from denial of public benefits. Thanks to a medical-legal partnership funded by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, these families can get help exercising those rights.

10/30/2013: Early HIV antiviral treatment found to be cost-effective in South Africa, India

"Treatment as prevention" – early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-infected individuals with uninfected sexual partners to prevent viral transmission – appears to make economic sense, along with meeting its clinical goals of helping infected patients stay healthy and reducing transmission.

10/29/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital researchers identify identify biomarker to predict diabetes risk

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care and Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute have found a chemical biomarker in blood that can predict diabetes risk more than a decade before the onset of the disease.

10/28/2013: A Mass General breast cancer patient overcomes her challenges

Blind since birth, Lil had difficulty getting to medical appointments including annual mammograms. With help from a patient navigator, she learned to overcome the many challenges she faced with a breast cancer diagnosis.

10/25/2013: What's Happening: Oct. 25, 2013

What's Happening: Oct. 25, 2013

10/25/2013: Celebrating Ether Day

For many years, Ether Day – Oct. 16 – was a celebration of medical breakthroughs, but since 1945, the MGH also has selected a day close to the anniversary to honor longtime employees.

10/25/2013: Storybook Ball draws hope

If Harold, from the 1955 classic childhood storybook “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” were to draw a picture representing the 14th annual Storybook Ball, it would be a bull’s-eye. The premiere fundraising event for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) surpassed its $20 million milestone in cumulative funds raised.

10/25/2013: Enhancing the MGH experience

To help new faculty across all departments acclimate, the MGH Center for Faculty Development hosted its third annual New Faculty Orientation Oct. 9 in the Their Conference Room.

10/25/2013: My Giving Helps raises nearly $1 million

With more than $967,000 raised by 3,860 employees for the MGH Fund and United Way, the 2013 My Giving Helps campaign was an enormous success.

10/25/2013: Beauty is everywhere

Photographer Rick Guidotti presented his work, “Positive Exposure,” in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Positive Exposure, uses photography and video to highlight the beauty of genetic diversity.

10/25/2013: Singing the praises of MGH's unsung heroes

The 2013 Unsung Hero Award, given during a ceremony on Oct. 9, recognizes staff who are dedicated to helping survivors of domestic violence.

10/25/2013: Fighting cancer

Boston Bruins players visit MGHfC.

10/25/2013: Keeping connected through the gift of technology

The iPad was a gift from Ralph and Sabina Fusco of The Richard Fusco Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping cystic fibrosis patients stay connected with their family and friends, keep up with their schoolwork and maintain an optimistic outlook during often long and frequent hospital stays.

10/25/2013: Spirit of Halloween

Spirit Halloween Superstores have donated more than $100,000 to MGHfC through its Spirit of Children Program.

10/24/2013: Genetic analysis reveals novel insights into the genetic architecture of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome

An international research consortium led by investigators at MGH and the University of Chicago has answered several questions about the genetic background of obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome, providing the first direct confirmation that both are highly heritable and also revealing major differences between the underlying genetic makeup of the disorders.

10/22/2013: Hydrogel implant enables light-based communication with cells inside the body

As researchers develop novel therapies based on inducing specific cells to do specific things, getting the right message to the right group of cells at the right time remains a major challenge. Now researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH have developed a way to deliver a light signal to specific tissues deep within the body.

10/17/2013: "Traffic-light" labeling increases customer's attention to nutritional quality of their food choices

A simple, color-coded system for labeling food items in a hospital cafeteria appears to have increased customer's attention to the healthiness of their food choices, along with encouraging purchases of the most healthy items.

10/15/2013: Mass General breast imaging experts share tips for getting through your first mammogram

Across four locations, Mass General Imaging has 50 breast imaging technologists who guide women through mammograms every day. Read their advice for your first mammogram...or your twentieth.

10/14/2013: New, minimally invasive mitral valve repair system treats patients with severe mitral regurgitation

Massachusetts General Hospital now offers the MitraClip system for patients with severe mitral regurgitation. This new, minimally invasive mitral valve repair approach is a potential treatment option for patients who are too high risk for open-heart surgery.

10/11/2013: Shaping the delivery of care

For more than a decade, the MGH Patient and Family Advisory Councils have provided communication vehicles for patients and families to share their experiences.

10/11/2013: Leadership meeting highlights

During the Oct. 2 leadership meeting, MGH administration provided updates on three ongoing projects at the hospital.

10/11/2013: Forty years of fellowships

Current and former fellows and program mentors reunited Sept. 21 at the Liberty Hotel to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MGH Administrative Fellowship Program.

10/11/2013: MGHfC offers support groups for children

Supportive groups at The MGHfC offer a safe place for siblings of a patient with a disability or for children who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

10/11/2013: Mass General Marathon Team accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time! Want to run, train and help kids with cancer?

10/11/2013: ‘In the Aftermath of Violence’

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Conference on Boston Teaching Hospitals will host “In the Aftermath of Violence: Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves,” a series of special sessions for those who cared for patients following the Boston Marathon attacks.

10/11/2013: Perfect Pass

New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher visited MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s inpatient units Oct. 8 as part of the Patriots Charitable Foundation’s Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.

10/11/2013: New ad campaign tells Partners story

“From-To.” That is the theme of the latest generation of a highly visible Partners advertising campaign. The ads illustrate how Partners is addressing health care’s toughest challenges through leadership and innovation, building the workforce of the future, and improving quality, access and affordability.

10/11/2013: What's Happening: Oct. 11, 2013

What's Happening: Oct. 11, 2013

10/10/2013: The link between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the connection between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

10/09/2013: Newly discovered biomarker can predict diabetes onset

A study led by Robert Gerszten, MD, director of clinical and translational research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, identifies a biomarker that can predict diabetes risk.

10/08/2013: Combination of anemia and high altitudes significantly increases risk of poor outcomes in children with pneumonia

Pneumonia is the leading cause of death of young children around the world, and a new study now finds that the risk of poor outcomes – including persistent pneumonia, secondary infections, organ failure or death – in children who contract pneumonia is four times higher in those who also have anemia and live at high altitudes.

10/07/2013: Incentive program helps Mass. General's physicians organization reach quality-improvement goals

A program offering modest financial incentives to salaried Massachusetts General Hospital-affiliated physicians who achieve specific quality improvement targets has helped the organization meet goals related to the adoption of electronic health technology, improved quality and efficiency, and communication with patients and other providers.

10/04/2013: Knowledge is power

After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.

10/04/2013: Historic tree delivers sweet treat

A special surprise arrived at the MGH main campus this week – a package full of pears fresh from the historic tree at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care.

10/04/2013: Derri Shtasel named to Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair

Derri Shtasel, MD, MPH, founding director of the MGH Division of Public and Community Psychiatry, has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Michele and Howard J. Kessler Chair in Public and Community Psychiatry.

10/04/2013: Institute of Health Professions enrollment surges

Despite national trends, The MGH Institute of Health Professions enrollment has increased almost 15 percent for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

10/04/2013: Making an impact

More than 320 faculty, staff and graduate students from the MGH Institute of Health Professions visited almost 30 nonprofit organizations during its second Community Day on Sept. 20.

10/04/2013: Community Day at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center

The MGH Revere HealthCare Center celebrated Community Health Day on Sept. 26.

10/04/2013: In General Awards and Honors: Oct. 4, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Oct. 4, 2013

10/04/2013: What's Happening: Oct. 4, 2013

What's Happening: Oct. 4, 2013

10/02/2013: Does a High Statin Dose Reduce Periodontal Inflammation?

New data showing that high-dose atorvastatin can reduce periodontal inflammation in as little as four weeks suggests a new mechanism of action for statins.

10/02/2013: Expanded health insurance in Massachusetts shown to reduce racial gap for minimally invasive surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have linked state health care reforms to reduced racial disparities for minimally invasive procedures.

10/01/2013: Blood-pressure drug may help improve cancer treatment

Use of existing, well-established hypertension drugs could improve the outcome of cancer chemotherapy by opening up collapsed blood vessels in solid tumors.

10/01/2013: Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013: Mass General Imaging Events

Every year in October, Mass General Imaging hosts educational events to support women's breast health. Learn more about this year's events in Boston, Waltham, Danvers, Revere, Worcester and Chelsea.

09/27/2013: Run Raises Hope for Kids’ Cancer

A record number of participants joined the annual Four Seasons Run of Hope on September 8th to raise awareness for pediatric cancer care and research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

09/27/2013: Paying it forward

For more than a decade The Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) has assisted employees of multicultural backgrounds in their efforts to pursue college degrees and other educational opportunities.

09/27/2013: Disability Champion Award nominations due

In recognition of staff who exhibit exemplary commitment to advocacy and accessibility for persons with disabilities, the MGH Employees with Disabilities Resource Group will award its first MGH Disability Champion Award this fall.

09/27/2013: Celebrating women in medicine

Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP, vice provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, presented a lecture, “The View From Above the Glass Ceiling,” to a crowd of nearly 50 MGH attendees during the Sept. 18 Women in Medicine Annual Celebration, hosted by the MGH Office for Women’s Careers.

09/27/2013: Lasting contributions to the Latino community

Yesenia González, medical assistant team lead in the Dermatology Department, and Katia Canenguez, clinical fellow in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, are the recipients of the 2013 Ernesto González Award for Outstanding Service to the Latino Community.

09/27/2013: Celebrating Medical Interpreter Recognition Week

The MGH Medical Interpreter Services, which provides interpreters for limited English proficient and deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and their families, offers services by phone, in person and by video 24/7, 365 days a year, in more than 200 languages.

09/27/2013: My Giving Helps ends on a high note

MGHers sported colorful scrubs, jewelry, nail polish and sneakers to show their support for the MGH My Giving Helps Fund and the United Way during the campaign's annual Blue and Orange Week

09/27/2013: Prescribing nature and outdoor activity

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have teamed up to launch Outdoors Rx, an innovative program that gives health care professionals dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

09/27/2013: Tickling the ivories

The MGH is one of 75 locations throughout Boston to participate in the “Play Me, I’m Yours” street piano event, hosted by Celebrity Series.

09/27/2013: You can't do that...

MGHfC goes green during Slime Day, one of the several events held to celebrate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

09/27/2013: General Store opens at MGH North Shore

The General Store at North Shore celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Sept. 23.

09/27/2013: What's Happening: Sept. 27, 2013

What's Happening: Sept. 27, 2013

09/25/2013: How difficult are diagnostic and screening tests for patients?

Medical tests with greater morbidity are less likely to be completed by patients, and this lack of health maintenance adherence has implications for future health outcomes.

09/25/2013: A Lifetime of Care at the Down Syndrome Program

After expanding its doors in July of 2012, the Down Syndrome Program has grown to include numerous age-appropriate clinics, experts from Mass General, MGHfC and the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and multidisciplinary care along with state-of-the-art resources to provide seamless transition from pediatric to adult care.

09/24/2013: Study confirms that rare mutations increase risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease

MGH researchers have identified and validated two rare gene mutations that appear to cause the common form of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that strikes after the age of 60. The two mutations occur in a gene called ADAM10, which now becomes the second pathologically-confirmed gene for late-onset AD and the fifth AD gene overall.

09/23/2013: CDC, Mass. General study reveals that preventing malaria in travelers to West Africa reduces health costs

Not only do U.S. travelers to West Africa who consult health providers before they leave and take prescribed preventive medications substantially reduce their risk of contracting malaria, they also reduce costs to their health insurance providers and, in most cases, to themselves.

09/21/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital Receives the Extracorproeal Life Support Organization Award for Excellence in Life Support

Massachusetts General Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

09/21/2013: Mass General Receives Extracorproeal Life Support Organization Award for Excellence

Massachusetts General Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), an international consortium of health care professionals and scientists who are dedicated to the development and evaluation of novel therapies for support of failing organ systems.

09/20/2013: Sumner Redstone Burn Center opens new unit

The MGH Sumner Redstone Burn Center – the oldest and largest adult burn center in the Northeast – filled with laughter Sept. 9 as clinicians, staff, former patients and donors gathered to celebrate the center’s new home on Ellison 14.

09/20/2013: Care for the future

Twenty multidisciplinary teams working to develop new ways to improve care and reduce costs in high stakes clinical areas showcased their initiatives during a Sept. 4 MGH/MGPO Care Redesign Fair. More than 150 people gathered under the Bulfinch tent for the event, which featured a poster session outlining the work of the care redesign teams as well as the work of the MGH Innovation Units.

09/20/2013: Health care reform’s impact

On Sept. 10, The Disparities Solutions Center hosted a Keeping Current Seminar Series: “Racial Disparities after Massachusetts Health Reform: Does the Expanded Insurance Coverage Impact Variation in Surgical Care?”

09/20/2013: The sweetness of giving

What do donating blood and eating cupcakes have in common? During the week of Sept. 9, they were both ways for MGHers to get involved with My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way, which hosted a blood drive and cupcake sale.

09/20/2013: Supporting equal educational opportunities

Annual Multicultural Affairs Office Welcoming and Recognition reception, honored three Faculty Development Award recipients on Sept. 11 at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

09/20/2013: Road to recovery: Pedaling past PTE

The MGH offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs.

09/20/2013: In Memoriam: Morton Swartz, MD

Morton Swartz, MD, a legendary physician at the MGH, died Sept. 9 at the age of 89. Swartz began his career at the hospital in 1947, founding and serving as chief of Infectious Diseases from 1956 to 1990 and creating an internationally recognized clinical and research center of excellence.

09/20/2013: What's Happening: Sept. 20, 2013

What's Happening: Sept. 20, 2103

09/18/2013: Study shows colonoscopy better than sigmoidoscopy in protecting against colorectal cancer

A new study finds that colonoscopy appears to reduce the risk of developing or dying from colorectal cancer more powerfully than does sigmoidoscopy, a similar procedure that examines only a portion of the colon. The investigation also identifies molecular features that may help explain tumors that are diagnosed despite an individual's having recently undergone colonoscopy.

09/18/2013: Appalachian Mountain Club and MGHfC Team Up to Help Families Live a Healthier Lifestyle

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children have joined forces to launch “Outdoors Rx,” an innovative new AMC program that gives healthcare professionals the dedicated resources for prescribing regular outdoor physical activity to children.

09/18/2013: Extremity CT scanner now available at Mass General Hospital

Mass General Imaging has invested in advanced CT technology to deliver high-quality extremity imaging with low radiation dose.

09/17/2013: Molecule Linked to Diabetes Risk

A study, led by Robert Gerszten, MD, director of clinical and translational research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, identifies a biomarker that could predict the onset of Type 2 diabetes up to 12 years in advance.

09/17/2013: Interview: Dr. Allie Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz talks about Down Syndrome with the hosts of Your Health® radio, a weekly one-hour radio talk show on patient health produced by the University of North Carolina Department of Family Medicine.

09/16/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital offers specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots from pulmonary arteries

Massachusetts General Hospital offers pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a highly specialized operation to remove chronic blood clots in the lungs. Without surgery, patients who have this life-threatening disease will likely develop progressive shortness of breath so severe that it leads to heart failure.

09/13/2013: Country and comedy support Home Base

The Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program will host a “Mission Gratitude” benefit concert on Sept. 23, featuring performances by country music and comic legends as well as upcoming artists.

09/13/2013: Johnson first defense for U.S. Olympic team

Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, interim director of the Foot and Ankle Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, has been named the team doctor for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team.

09/13/2013: Preparing for Partners eCare system launch at the MGH

MGH clinicians and administrators have been directly involved in the design and development of Partners HealthCare’s new enterprise medical record system called Partners eCare, which will allow for a seamless flow of clinical and administrative patient information anywhere within the Partners system.

09/13/2013: The season to fight the flu

MGH Occupational Health Services is offering a number of flu vaccine clinics in the coming weeks to help MGH staff stay healthy this winter. The first clinics will be held Sept. 16 through Sept. 20, 7 am to 5 pm in the Bulfinch Tent.

09/13/2013: Hearts and soles

The MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care participated in the 2013 American Heart Association Boston Heart Walk on Sept. 7.

09/13/2013: Active again: persevering with PAD

PAD affects more than 9 million people in the United States, but the disease is often underrecognized by both patients and physicians.

09/13/2013: All is fair in love and war – even Penny Wars

On Sept. 5, My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way kicked off the 2013 campaign with a change-collecting contest.

09/13/2013: What's Happening: Sept. 13, 2013

What's Happening: Sept. 13, 2013

09/11/2013: Testosterone deficiency not the only cause of age-associated changes in men

A study by MGH researchers finds that some of the symptoms often seen in middle-aged men – changes in body composition, energy, strength and sexual function – are caused not only by decreases in testosterone production but also by reduced levels of estrogen.

09/11/2013: Gene-expression-based biomarker predicts long-term risk of breast cancer recurrence

A comparison of three methods of predicting recurrence risk in women treated for estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer finds that only the breast cancer index – a biomarker based on the expression levels of seven tumor-specific genes – accurately identifies patients who continue to be at risk after five years of estrogen-blocking treatment.

09/10/2013: Improved adherence to preventive antiretroviral therapy may reduce transmission of HIV

A recently completed substudy of a larger clinical trial found that pre-exposure prophylaxis – a new strategy to prevent HIV infection by prescribing a daily antiretroviral drug to at-risk individuals – can be a powerful tool when participants take their medications.

09/10/2013: Ihn Sik Seong: The Long Search for the Full Story of Huntington’s Disease

Understanding the molecular pathogenesis of Huntington’s disease.

09/09/2013: In-home intervention improves routines that reduce risk of childhood obesity

A new study appearing in JAMA Pediatrics describes how a home-based program that helped at-risk families improve household routines was able to slow weight gain in a group of young children.

09/09/2013: New study supports mammograms before age 50 to reduce breast cancer death

In a study published in the journal Cancer, Mass General researchers, with colleagues from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, found that the majority of women who die from breast cancer do not have regular mammograms.

09/06/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital testing hot yoga for treatment of depression

A team of psychiatrists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Depression Clinical and Research Program will examine the effect of Bikram Yoga on depression, quality of life, and functioning, in addition to common physiological markers associated with depression.

09/06/2013: The truth about Molly

Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at MassGeneral for Children, discusses Molly, the new club drug that’s been associated with overdoses in New England.

09/04/2013: Helping Your Teen Through a Break Up

Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offers tips on how parents can help their teens through a break up.

08/31/2013: Uncovering the Life of Padihershef

Earlier this year MGH received an anonymous gift for the restoration of Padihershef. This generous funding launched a multi-phase conservation and research project that delves into many aspects of the life and death of the hospital's mummy.

08/30/2013: Molecular etiology of human aortic aneurysm

Dr. Mark Lindsay conducts clinical and basic science research of aortic disease, including the clinical expression and molecular etiology of human aortic aneurysm.

08/30/2013: Hirschsprung Disease: exploring its causes, consequences, and novel treatments

Dr. Allan Goldstein researches the development of the enteric nervous system, including the causes of distal aganglionosis, causes and possible treatments of Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis (HAEC), and neuronal cell transplantation, a novel treatment approach for Hirschsprung disease.

08/30/2013: Genetic regulation of facial development

Dr. Eric Liao, director of the Craniofacial Developmental Biology Laboratory, conducts research on the genetic regulation of facial development.

08/30/2013: Pioneer ACO participation shows promise after first year

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced results from the first year of its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, which seeks to improve care while reducing costs for Medicare patients.

08/30/2013: Teddy bear tribute

A 13-year-old, who stitched and stuffed 54 bright and colorful bears, delivered them to pediatric patients at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

08/30/2013: Snapping up savings on exam gloves

A team was formed to evaluate exam gloves after the current vendor, which supplies about 80 percent of the system’s gloves, projected a significant price hike.

08/30/2013: Use of clot-dissolving drug for ischemic stroke nearly doubled from 2003 to 2011.

A team of researchers reports both an overall increase in the use of tPA to dissolve clots blocking arteries supplying the brain and administration of the potentially life-saving drug to a more diverse group of patients.

08/30/2013: Wait watchers

At the MGH, a new system aimed at providing patients with an accurate indicator of wait-time is now being implemented in the hospital’s Medical Walk-In Unit.

08/30/2013: Partners in Excellence award nominations sought

THE DEADLINE to submit nominations for a 2013 Partners in Excellence (PIE) award is Sept. 13.

08/30/2013: 'Don’t Stop Your Giving'

With the premiere of the “Don’t Stop Your Giving” music video set to the tune of a classic Journey song, the My Giving Helps: The MGH Fund + United Way employee campaign is back in action for a second year.

08/30/2013: Beary Fun

The Boston Bruins mascot and two of the team's Ice Girls visited the pediatric inpatient units on Aug. 23.

08/29/2013: Assay shown to be effective in measuring levels of mutant huntingtin protein

An assay designed to measure normal and abnormal forms of the huntingtin protein – the mutated form of which causes Huntington's disease – was successful in detecting levels of the mutant protein in a large multicenter study of individuals at risk for the devastating neurological disorder.

08/28/2013: A new study examines cancer screening rates among patients with adult congenital heart disease.

For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.

08/28/2013: A new study examines cancer screening rates among patients with adult congenital heart disease.

For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.

08/28/2013: From Mom to Mom: New Mass General Fundraising Initiative Links Boston Moms with Moms in Uganda

Inspired by Moms Helping Moms, an initiative of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Carolyn O’Gorman of Winchester, Mass., is helping to raise money for the maternity ward at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in southern Uganda, Africa.

08/28/2013: Anne B. Young, MD, PhD, Fellowship in Therapeutic Development 2014

Applications are being sought for a joint MGH/Biogen Idec two-year training program in translational neuroscience.

08/23/2013: Care Redesign Fair celebrates innovative improvements

From 9 am to 2 pm on Sept. 4, staff are invited to attend a special “Care Redesign Fair” under the Bulfinch Tent to learn more about the efforts of 20 multidisciplinary teams and to hear from a national expert about why care redesign is the way of the future.

08/23/2013: Hear to listen

Rev. John Polk, DMin, BCC, director of the MGH Chaplaincy, discusses his first year with the Chaplaincy involved critical and delicate work, particularly in the days and weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings.

08/23/2013: Nominations sought for MGH Disability Champion Award

The MGH Employees with Disabilities Resource Group will award its first MGH Disability Champion Award this fall in recognition of staff who exhibit exemplary commitment to advocacy and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

08/23/2013: Hausman Fellowship inspires futures

Aspiring clinicians were honored after successfully completing the six-week Hausman Fellowship, in which each student was paired with an MGH nurse mentor to provide meaningful clinical, practical and social learning experiences.

08/23/2013: Teaching in turmoil

An MGH-based nurse and physician team recently traveled to the Bint Al-Huda Maternity and Child Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah to brainstorm solutions for the large number of maternal and neonatal fatalities in the region.

08/23/2013: Summer Jobs program creates opportunities for next generation of health leaders

More than 200 young people, many dressed in hospital scrubs, filled the Starr Center on Aug. 14 to celebrate the end of the 23rd MGH Summer Jobs program.

08/23/2013: Blessed blankets

Nearly 200 shawls were recently blessed in the MGH Chapel representing a practically infinite amount of prayers for recovery. The shawls were knitted and crocheted by church groups, MGH staff and patients in the hope that each patient or caregiver who received one would find comfort in the shawl’s well-wishes.

08/23/2013: What's Happening: Aug. 23, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 23, 2013

08/21/2013: Use of tPA for ischemic stroke nearly doubled from 2003 to 2011

Use of the "clot-busting" drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat patients with strokes caused by a blockage of blood flow nearly doubled between 2003 and 2011, but not all eligible patients are receiving the potentially life-saving therapy.

08/18/2013: New MR analysis technique reveals brain tumor response to anti-angiogenesis therapy

A new way of analyzing data acquired in MR imaging appears to be able to identify whether or not tumors are responding to anti-angiogenesis therapy, information that can help physicians determine the most appropriate treatments and discontinue ones that are ineffective.

08/16/2013: MGH puts new system to the test

A year after Partners HealthCare partnered with Epic to design and configure its new enterprisewide electronic health record, the first phase of the Partners eCare system will be tested at the MGH.

08/16/2013: Walking dead infuse life into classrooms

Steven Schlozman, MD, of the MGH Department of Psychiatry assists with the development of a Zombie Apocalypse curriculum, part of a “STEM Behind Hollywood” program.

08/16/2013: Rolling out fun

Waiting for appointments in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Pediatric Imaging waiting room became a lot more fun this week thanks to a donation of a new Starlight Fun Center.

08/16/2013: Neurology Infusion Center: A feeling of family

The MGH Neurology Infusion Center is an ambulatory outpatient unit that delivers infusion and intravenous (IV) services to patients, ages 18 and older, who have a variety of neurological disorders. On average, the unit sees 12 to 14 patients per day but more referrals from MGH clinicians for ambulatory patients are welcome.

08/16/2013: Everybody’s library

When it comes to researching health care, everyone wants high-quality, trustworthy information. At the MGH, the Treadwell Library has been a valuable resource for MGH employees, patients and their families for more than 150 years.

08/16/2013: In memoriam: Sandra Hession, RN, BSN, CGRN

Sandra Hession, RN, BSN, CGRN, who worked at the MGH for 34 years, died July 11 at the age of 66.

08/16/2013: Partners in Excellence award nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2013 Partners in Excellence (PIE) award is Sept. 13.

08/16/2013: What's Happening: Aug. 16, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 16, 2013

08/11/2013: Macrophage proliferation appears to drive progression of atherosclerosis

New insights into the development of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques could lead to better treatment or prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

08/09/2013: Changes at Eat Street Café

The Eat Street Café will look a little different starting Aug. 15. A wall will be constructed to block off a portion of the café to accommodate a patient food services renovation project.

08/09/2013: MGH study finds nerve damage in some fibromyalgia patients

About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).

08/09/2013: FDA sets new labeling regulations for gluten-free foods

In a long-awaited step toward accurate gluten-free food labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its definition of “gluten free” to be used by food manufacturers.

08/09/2013: Drives for Durant

On the greens of Oyster Harbors Golf Course in Osterville, Mass., golfers recently teed off to support the Thomas S. Durant, MD Fellowship for Refugee Medicine, which raised $57,000.

08/09/2013: A package deal

Whirling through the halls of Ellison 16, a motorized wheelchair is pulled over by Police and Security. The man using the wheelchair, with a megawatt grin, is Kevin Currie, an MGH Mail Services volunteer, and the traffic stop is just another practical joke concocted by his adoring coworkers.

08/09/2013: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service welcomes new chief

Matthew T. Provencher, MD, has been appointed chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

08/09/2013: In memoriam: Cesar Villa, RN

Cesareo “Cesar” Villa, RN, who worked in the MGH operating room for more than 40 years before he retired in 2009, died July 26. He was 71.

08/09/2013: White House official learns about MGH’s substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts

Benjamin B. Tucker, deputy director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, recently visited Charlestown to meet with area residents and MGH physicians and staff to discuss substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts.

08/09/2013: What's Happening: Aug. 9, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 9, 2013

08/02/2013: FDA Sets New Food Safety Regulations for Gluten-Free Foods

The FDA has released its definition of "gluten free" to be used by food manufacturers. The long-awaited regulations stem from research conducted by the Center for Celiac Research.

08/02/2013: OMS Summer Newsletter Now Online

Read the latest news for Dept of OMS faculty, residents and fellows.

08/02/2013: James Rathmell named first Beecher professor

James P. Rathmell, MD, executive vice chair and chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, has been named as the inaugural incumbent of the Henry Knowles Beecher Professorship of Anesthesia.

08/02/2013: A curiosity about health care

Thirteen middle school students from the Greater Boston YMCA Teen Achievers Summer Program spent this week visiting health care facilities throughout Boston, stopping first at the MGH.

08/02/2013: Daniel Geller honored with endowed chair in psychiatry

Daniel Geller, MD, director of the MGH Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tic Disorder Program, was honored as the first incumbent of the Michele and David Mittelman Family Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Field of OCD and Related Disorders.

08/02/2013: In General Awards and Honors: Aug. 2, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: Aug. 2, 2013

08/02/2013: Joint Commission lab survey concludes

The MGH is now reviewing and addressing the findings from the Joint Commission’s latest visit, part of its recent laboratory program reaccreditation survey. The organization’s three surveyors – consisting of two medical technologists and, for the first time during a survey visit to the hospital, a pathologist – arrived at the MGH July 15 for a weeklong visit.

08/02/2013: MGH Cancer Center offers Lung Screenings

On July 29, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced its recommendation for screening high-risk patients for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans (LDCTs).

08/02/2013: Technicians or magicians?

From simple brackets and mounts that optimize the ergonomic layout of bedside equipment, to complex test apparatuses used in research protocols, to three-dimensional anatomical models generated from radiological images, the MGH Biomedical Engineering Model Shop is able to provide a solution for a wide array of problems.

08/02/2013: New pediatric unit opens in Revere

MGH Revere HealthCare Center opens new pediatric unit.

08/02/2013: What's Happening: Aug. 2, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 2, 2013

08/01/2013: Changing of the Guard

Every year, a seasoned group of pediatric residents complete a chapter in their training, and a fresh face of new interns walk the halls.

08/01/2013: Broad Institute and MGH announce major inflammatory bowel disease sequencing initiative

The Broad Institute and MGH are launching a new initiative to perform large-scale exome sequencing in inflammatory bowel disease.

07/31/2013: A brain cancer "warrior" takes the trip of a lifetime

Mass General patient Michelle Beale's journey started with debilitating headaches. Now she's traveling around the world.

07/31/2013: Scientists grow artificial human ear in laboratory

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have grown an artificial ear from living tissue.

07/30/2013: Study finds evidence of nerve damage in around half of fibromyalgia patients

About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy, a disorder that sometimes can be treated.

07/30/2013: National experts issue statement on lung cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends low-dose CT scans to screen high-risk patients for lung cancer.

07/29/2013: Playing college football linked with high blood pressure risk

College football players, especially linemen, may develop high blood pressure over the course of their first season, according to a small study in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

07/26/2013: Repair work begins on Longfellow Bridge, detours in effect

A Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) project to repair and renovate the Longfellow Bridge began July 20. Detours and revised traffic routes will be implemented during the span of the three-and-a-half-year project, which is expected to address the bridge’s current structural deficiencies and bring it up to modern code.

07/26/2013: David Brown named new Emergency Medicine chief

David Brown, MD, current vice chair of the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine, has been selected as the department’s next chief.

07/26/2013: CCC garners international interest

Students from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany visit with Crimson Care Collaborative students and physicians regarding plans to open its first student-faculty practice.

07/26/2013: Mastering challenges: MGH celebrates ESOL graduates

This year nearly 140 employees – representing 26 countries and 12 languages from various departments across the hospital – participated in the MGH Workplace Education Program, also known as the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class.

07/26/2013: Unity and community

Iftar, one of the religious observances of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, has been celebrated by the MGH community for the last 12 years. On July 16, more than 225 Muslim patients, staff, family and friends gathered in the Thier Conference Room for the 13th annual sunset ceremony, the communal breaking of the daily fast.

07/26/2013: Speedy recovery

NASCAR driver Joey Gase made a pit stop at the MGH inpatient organ transplant unit on July 11.

07/26/2013: 2013 PIE nominations

The deadline to submit 2013 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Award nominations is Sept. 13. Since 1996, the program has recognized employees who go above and beyond to contributing to the success of Partners’ institutions thanks to their creativity, dedication and commitment to excellence.

07/26/2013: Sisters summer at the MGH

The MGH increased the number of youth jobs and internships this summer by 15 percent, with 207 high school and college students working in 51 departments throughout the hospital and its health centers.

07/26/2013: What's Happening: July 26, 2013

What's Happening: July 26, 2013

07/25/2013: Gifford Says Goodbye

Senior Child Life Specialist Marilyn Gifford leaves behind a legacy as she retires after 29 years at Mass General Hospital for Children.

07/24/2013: Sibling Rivalry Versus Sibling Bullying

A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.

07/23/2013: Digital PCR technology detects brain-tumor-associated mutation in cerebrospinal fluid

MGH researchers and their colleagues have used digital versions of a standard molecular biology tool to detect a common tumor-associated mutation in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with brain tumors.

07/22/2013: Concussion

When neurosurgeon Tina Duhaime, MD, of the MGH Youth Sports Concussion Clinic, talks with families about concussion, she takes time to explain what is known, and just as importantly, what isn’t known, about this common injury.

07/22/2013: TeleStroke: Real-time Resources for Better Patient Care

Through the TeleStroke network, 30 emergency departments across the northeast have real-time access to stroke experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

07/22/2013: E Pluribus Unum for Parkinson Disease - Researchers Draw on Sources to Improve Treatment of PD

What do Gaucher’s disease, gout, and amyloid plaques have in common? For researchers at the MGH, each of them may shed light on the causes and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

07/22/2013: Headache? Think Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

When you hear “sudden-onset, severe headache,” think “aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.”

07/22/2013: NeuroBlast e-Newsletter

NeuroBlast: the newsletter of translational neuroscience and clinical care advances in neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroscience from Massachusetts General Hospital.

07/19/2013: Playing It Cool In The Heat

The Child Life Team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children shares some tips for fun indoor activities to help parents have fun with their kids while avoiding the heat.

07/19/2013: MGH/MGPO Care Redesign launches new teams

Charged with identifying new, more efficient ways to care for patients, the Wave IV care redesign teams will join the 15 existing teams to focus on better positioning the MGH for success in the rapidly changing health care delivery environment.

07/19/2013: Focusing on the world

The second annual MGH Global Health Expo offered staff an opportunity to learn about the breadth and depth of global health opportunities and initiatives.

07/19/2013: A nation responds

A special display of handwritten letters, cards, pictures and posters from schools, church groups and individuals received by the MGH following the attacks at the Boston Marathon is now on exhibit at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

07/19/2013: New PT space to open

The Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation made a $150,000 donation to the MGH Sumner Redstone Burn Center to help fund a new physical and occupational therapy space for burn patients.

07/19/2013: Canine companions: etiquette for working with patients with service dogs

“Me and My Dog: A Presentation on Service Dogs at the MGH” provides staff, patients and visitors with an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and hospital policies about service animals.

07/19/2013: Making waves

On July 12, 80 swimmers – alongside former Olympic athletes – plunged into Boston Harbor, braving the cold, choppy waters to raise money for pediatric cancer programs and research as part of the 20th annual Swim Across America (SAA) event.

07/19/2013: No. 1 in New England, No. 2 in the nation

The MGH is again ranked among the top hospitals in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 “Best Hospitals” list. This year the MGH is ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 2 in the United States.

07/19/2013: What's Happening: July 19, 2013

What's Happening: July 19, 2013

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/16/2013: Fat in organs and blood may increase risk of osteoporosis

Excess fat around the belly has recently been identified as a risk factor for bone loss. A new study by Mass General radiologists has determined that excess liver and muscle fat also may be detrimental to bone.

07/15/2013: Researchers generate long-lasting blood vessels from reprogrammed human cells

MGH researchers have used vascular precursor cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells to generate, in an animal model, functional blood vessels that lasted as long as nine months.

07/15/2013: Longfellow Bridge Renovations

The Mass Department of Transportation is undergoing a multi-year renovation project on the Longfellow Bridge, the bridge that connects our Mass General campus at Charles Street with Cambridge.

07/12/2013: Mass General named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

Mass General is one of a select group of 464 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

07/12/2013: Study combines two minimally invasive procedures to treat atrial fibrillation

A new clinical trial is now underway at the MGH to investigate whether combining two catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. The MGH is the first hospital in New England – and only the second in the nation – to pair renal artery sympathetic denervation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

07/12/2013: Cooley Dickinson Health Care joins the MGH

Cooley Dickinson Health Care officially became an affiliate of the MGH and Partners HealthCare on July 1.

07/12/2013: Recognizing excellence in research

Friends and colleagues gathered on June 18 to celebrate the second annual Herman K. “Chip” Gold, MD, MGH Young Investigator Award.

07/12/2013: MGH named as ‘Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality’

The MGH is proud to be recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in its Healthcare Equality Index 2013.

07/12/2013: In memoriam: John C. Dalton, MD

John C. Dalton, MD, who worked at the MGH for more than 55 years, died June 23 at the age of 86.

07/12/2013: Designated glitter

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz visits MGHfC patients after presenting the hospital with a $20,000 donation from the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

07/12/2013: Designated glitter

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz visits MGHfC patients after presenting the hospital with a $20,000 donation from the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

07/12/2013: Residents and fellows storm the State House

Residents and fellows from pediatric residency programs throughout the state joined in an effort to advocate for children during the annual Residents and Fellows Day at the Massachusetts State House (RFDASH).

07/12/2013: Pie raises dough

The MGH hosts its first pie-eating contest during the annual Employee Summer Picnic.

07/12/2013: What's Happening: July 12, 2013

What's Happening: July 12, 2013

07/09/2013: Recent issue of Scientific American examines CT scans and risk of cancer

In its July 2013 issue, Scientific American highlights the unique work of two Mass General researchers in their quest to reduce CT radiation dose.

07/08/2013: Study examines parental understanding of potential CT risks

A recent study in Pediatrics found that half of parents are aware of the potential increase in future cancer risk associated with pediatric CT scans.

07/03/2013: Genetic signals reflect the evolutionary impact of cholera

An international research team has used a novel approach to identify genetic factors that appear to influence susceptibility to cholera. The findings indicate the importance of pathways involved in regulating water loss in intestinal cells and of the innate immune system in the body's response to the bacteria that causes cholera.

07/03/2013: Tissue engineering: How to build a heart

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers seek to engineer new organs for patients in need of heart transplants.

07/01/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital combines two minimally invasive procedures to treat atrial fibrillation

A new clinical trial is now underway at the Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate whether combining two endovascular catheter-based procedures will improve the long-term outcome in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, the most common heart rhythm disorder. Mass General is the first hospital in New England – and only the second in the nation – to pair renal artery sympathetic denervation with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for patients with atrial fibrillation and hypertension.

07/01/2013: Lack of immune cell receptor impairs clearance of amyloid beta protein from the brain

Identification of a protein that appears to play an important role in the immune system's removal of amyloid beta protein from the brain could lead to a new treatment strategy for Alzheimer's disease.

06/29/2013: Let’s Talk: The Changing Landscape of Cancer Care

Advances in understanding cancer and its treatment are in the news almost every day. Cancer research is being translated into new treatments more rapidly than ever before. People are living with cancer longer, but this positive change comes with new challenges.

06/28/2013: Biomarker predicts risk of breast cancer recurrence after tamoxifen treatment

A biomarker reflecting expression levels of two genes in tumor tissue may be able to predict which women treated for estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer should receive a second estrogen-blocking medication after completing tamoxifen treatment.

06/28/2013: MGH helps Partners eCare reach milestones

Development of Partners eCare – Partners’ new enterprisewide electronic health record system – remains on track thanks to the efforts of thousands of clinicians and administrative officials, including more than 800 representatives from the MGH.

06/28/2013: E-cigarettes prohibited at the MGH

The MGH smoking policy prohibits tobacco use of any kind inside or on the grounds of all buildings owned, occupied or under control of the MGH - including electronic cigarettes.

06/28/2013: In General awards and honors: June 28, 2013

In General awards and honors: June 28, 2013

06/28/2013: David Ring named as new chief of the Hand and Upper Extremity Service

David Ring, MD, PhD, has been appointed the new chief of Hand and Upper Extremity Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery.

06/28/2013: MGH officer aids local police in arrest of suspected bank robber

MGH Police and Security officer honored by Malden mayor, city council for aid in arrest of burglary suspect.

06/28/2013: It takes a team

The MGH Acute Stroke Care Team was honored with the 2012 Acute Stroke Champion Award at the MGH Acute Stroke Gala Breakfast.

06/28/2013: VIC joins consortium following groundbreaking diabetes research

The Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at the MGH (VIC), has joined with 24 other institutions as part of the first-ever JDRF Encapsulation Consortium in the fight against type 1 diabetes.

06/28/2013: Study: Pediatric practices offer smoking cessation help to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: they may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, their child’s doctor.

06/28/2013: What's Happening: June 28, 2013

What's Happening: June 28, 2013

06/25/2013: Back on his feet, living angina-free

New treatment option allows some coronary artery patients to "bypass" bypass surgery. Interventional cardiologists at the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care at Mass General offer a less-invasive treatment with quicker recovery.

06/24/2013: Pediatric practices can offer smoking cessation assistance to parents of their patients

Finally some good news for parents who smoke: you may now be able to get help quitting from an unlikely source, your child’s doctor. A study in the journal Pediatrics, which has been posted online, shows that it is feasible for pediatric practices to incorporate into their normal routine efforts to inform patients' parents about services available to help them quit smoking.

06/23/2013: Powerful gene-editing tool appears to cause off-target mutations in human cells

MGH researchers have found a significant limitation to the use of a new gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas RGNs, production of unwanted DNA mutations at sites other than the desired target. Their findings indicate the need to improve the precision of the technology.

06/21/2013: Dream come true: MGH researcher selected as NASA astronaut trainee

When Jessica Meir was 5 years old, she drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Thirty years later, the PhD and assistant biologist in the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine recalled that crayon creation when discussing how her dream of becoming an astronaut may now become a reality.

06/21/2013: Prescription drug awareness focus of Charlestown campaigns

The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), supported by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, organized the community’s fourth annual Take Back prescription drug disposal day to bring awareness to the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the lack of proper drug disposal.

06/21/2013: Claflin award winners honored

Six researchers honored with Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards, providing two years of funding to sustain research productivity during an investigator’s child-rearing years.

06/21/2013: Madariaga named as cardiothoracic scholar

Maria Lucia Madariaga, MD, was honored with the Willard Daggett Cardiothoracic Scholar award for her research focusing on ways to conduct heart and lung transplants with methods that do not require immunosuppressive drugs.

06/21/2013: Ellison 12 General Medicine Unit opens

MGH staff celebrate a special opening ceremony of Ellison 12 as an inpatient General Medicine Unit.

06/21/2013: Enterprise Vault: A new way to manage email

Between now and the summer of 2014, MGH employee email accounts will gradually be moved to the Enterprise Vault system, a new tool that eliminates concerns about storage quotas, or being sent to “email jail.”

06/21/2013: In General honors and awards: June 21, 2013

In General honors and awards: June 21, 2013

06/20/2013: Mass. General Center Joins JDRF Consortium Following Groundbreaking Diabetes Research

The Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (VIC), has joined with 24 other institutions as part of the first-ever JDRF Encapsulation Consortium in the fight against type 1 diabetes

06/19/2013: Restoring appropriate movement to immune cells may save lives of patients with serious burns

A device that measures the movement of key immune cells, developed by MGH investigators, may help determine which patients with serious burns are at risk for septic complications, and a novel treatment that directly addresses the cause of those complications could prevent many associated deaths.

06/19/2013: Bubbles and books brighten MGHfC patients

Bubbles and songs burst from the Ellison 17 playroom on June 10 as Paul Carafotes read his children’s book “The Adventures of Charlie Bubbles!” to MGHfC patients.

06/17/2013: Study finds significant racial and ethnic disparities in usage of specialty services for children with autism

A study from investigators at MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that African-American or Hispanic children diagnosed with autism were significantly less likely than white children to have received subspecialty care or procedures related to conditions that often accompany autism spectrum disorders.

06/17/2013: Rare genomic mutations found in 10 families with early-onset, familial Alzheimer's disease

MGH researchers have discovered a type of mutation known as copy-number variants – deletions, duplications, or rearrangements of human genomic DNA – in affected members of 10 families with early-onset Alzheimer's. These are the first new early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease gene mutations to be reported since 1995.

06/14/2013: Cooking up confidence

Empowering families at risk for hunger or obesity with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals is the goal of the Share Our Strengths: Cooking Matters education program.

06/14/2013: Celebrating Operations Support Staff Day

More than 4,500 employees were recognized June 10 as part of the 2013 Operations Support Staff Day.

06/14/2013: Home Base launches public service ad campaign

The Red Sox Foundation and the MGH Home Base Program have launched a public service advertising campaign designed to increase awareness for the “invisible wounds of war” – Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – which affect one in three returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

06/14/2013: Honorees shine at sixth annual MGH Cancer Center gala

On June 5, the MGH Cancer Center hosted the sixth annual the one hundred gala. Hosted by actor and Newton native John Krasinski, the fundraiser attracted some 900 attendees, raised more than $1.3 million, and honored 100 individuals and organizations for their commitment and contributions to the fight against cancer.

06/14/2013: From Sudan to Boston: Hope, healing and heroes

Former television journalist Liz Walker serves as guest speaker at “After the Marathon: A Special Event for the MGH Community,” a program hosted by MGH Senior HealthWISE.

06/14/2013: Preserving Padi

The MGH’s 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy Padihershef, along with his inner coffin, was moved to a new custom-built horizontal display case.

06/14/2013: Research roundup

Research roundup: treating Alzheimer's and obesity

06/12/2013: CHARLESTOWN SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION’S “TAKE BACK” EVENT IS SATURDAY, JUNE 15

The fourth annual “Take Back” prescription drug disposal day is Saturday, June 15. The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), a program of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and Boston Police are organizing the community’s fourth annual Prescription Drug “Take Back” event. The awareness campaign and safe disposal day are designed to address the dangers of prescription drug abuse and lack of proper disposal methods. More than 150 individuals turned 580 vials of prescription medication and 53 vials of narcotic medications last year, and the unused prescription drugs were disposed in a safe and timely manner.

06/10/2013: Study points to the importance of radiation-dose reduction in pediatric CT scans

Published by JAMA Pediatrics, a large study to quantify trends in the use of pediatric CT scans links associated radiation exposure with future cancer risk.

06/10/2013: CHARLESTOWN SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION LAUNCHES A COMMUNITY-WIDE SOCIAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN--

This week the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) will begin mounting posters throughout the streets of Charlestown and distributing T-shirts, stickers and buttons to local teens, marking the debut of a social marketing campaign targeting youth with messages about prescription drug abuse. Plans are underway for the campaign to appear on local subway and bus shelter signage.

06/07/2013: Celebration of a journey

Patel, chief of Arthroscopic Surgery and pioneer in the field, shared his insights and experiences during celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month hosted by the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) in the Trustees Room.

06/07/2013: MGH research highlighted at ORCD celebration

MGH research fellows showcased their achievements at the May 22 MGH Office for Research Career Development’s (ORCD) Research Fellow Poster Celebration.

06/07/2013: Spaulding relocates to CNY

On April 27, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital moved 112 inpatients from its former home on Nashua Street to its new location at 300 First Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

06/07/2013: New procedure is easy to swallow

The MGH offers its first per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, a new surgical treatment for achalasia.

06/07/2013: What people are tweeting about the MGH

Along with sharing news, events and information from the hospital, Twitter helps connect the MGH to people around the corner and across the globe.

06/07/2013: ‘After the Marathon’

The MGH Senior HealthWISE program will host “After the Marathon: A Special Event for the MGH Community” to help staff, patients and visitors on the path to healing.

06/07/2013: In General awards and honors: June 7, 2013

In General awards and honors: June 7, 2013

06/06/2013: Center for Cancer Research 25th Anniversary Research Symposium

The Center for Cancer Research celebrates it's 25th Anniversary with a Research Symposium, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Starr Center, Simches Building, 185 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA. All are welcome.

06/06/2013: Professional society names new editor-in-chief of multidisciplinary journal

Peer-reviewed medical journal on interventional pain management names Mass General radiologist as new editor-in-chief.

06/06/2013: Pediatric Nursing Staff Receives Yvonne L. Munn Research Award

Arlene Kelleher, RN, Nursing Director of the Pediatric ICU, Brenda Miller, RN, Nursing Director of Ellison 17 and 18, and staff win the Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Award.

06/06/2013: Award in Cancer Research

Mass General Hospital Award in Cancer Research presented to James P. Allison, PhD

06/03/2013: MGH-led studies shed new light on targeted lung cancer therapy

Research teams led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center investigators are publishing two important studies regarding use of the targeted cancer drug crizotinib for treatment of advanced lung cancer driven by specific genetic mutations.

06/03/2013: Early-life risk factors account for racial and ethnic disparities in childhood obesity

A research team reports in JAMA Pediatrics that the known prevalence of obesity and overweight among black and Hispanic children can largely be explained by risk factors such as rapid infant weight gain, early introduction of solid foods and a lack of exclusive breast feeding.

05/30/2013: We Remember

With a month gone by, the tragic events of the Boston Marathon are fading into the fabric of our memories. But as our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by tragedy, we at MassGeneral Hospital for Children also remember the original glory and purity of the day, and the strength we’ve shown to carry on.

05/28/2013: Dr. W. Allan Walker Honored for Mentorship Activities

In recognition of more than 40 years of teaching and mentorship, Dr. W. Allan Walker, Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and former chief of the Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, received the 2013 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute Council Growth, Development & Child Health (GDCH) Section Research Mentor Award during Digestive Diseases Week in Orlando, Fla.

05/24/2013: Getz, Raje honored with endowed chairs in oncology

The MGH honored two staff members this month as inaugural recipients of endowed chairs in oncology, both made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

05/24/2013: Tackling disparities in a systematic way

Ten years after the creation of the MGH Committee on Racial and Ethnic Disparities, Joseph Betancourt, MD, discusses the progress made and the need for continued advancements.

05/24/2013: Annual Tarbell lecture series

Gary P. Pisano, PhD, the Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, was the keynote speaker at the Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lecture, hosted by the MGH Center for Faculty Development.

05/24/2013: A special thank you

Hundreds of handwritten letters, cards, pictures and posters from schools, church groups and individuals across the country were sent to the MGH in the days and weeks following the Boston Marathon tragedy.

05/24/2013: What's Happening: May 24, 2013

What's Happening: May 24, 2013

05/23/2013: The Hidden Danger of Varicose Veins.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains how the process of removing varicose veins has improved over the years.

05/23/2013: The Hidden Danger of Varicose Veins.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains how the process of removing varicose veins has improved over the years.

05/22/2013: Survey points out deficiencies in addictions training for medical residents

A 2012 survey of internal medicine residents at Massachusetts General Hospital found that more than half rated the training they had received in addiction and other substance use disorders as fair or poor. In response to the findings the MGH has increased residents' training in addiction medicine.

05/22/2013: Top 5 Things Latinas Should Know About Heart Health

Maria Vivaldi, MD, director of education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program, discusses the five things latinas should know about heart health.

05/22/2013: Las Cinco Cosas que las Latinas Deben Saber Sobre la Salud del Corazón

María Vivaldi, MD, directora de educación en el Programa de Salud Cardiovascular del Hospital General Massachusetts, Corrigan de la Mujer, habla de las cinco cosas que las mujeres latinas deberían saber sobre la salud del corazón.

05/21/2013: New tracking of patient's radiation exposure

Mass General Radiologist-in-Chief James A. Brink, MD discusses radiation dose in The Wall Street Journal.

05/20/2013: Genetic diversity within tumors predicts outcome in head and neck cancer

A new measure of the heterogeneity – the variety of genetic mutations – of cells within a tumor appears to predict treatment outcomes of patients with the most common type of head and neck cancer.

05/20/2013: Gluten-Free Diet Myths Examined in HuffPo

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, separates the myths from the realities about the gluten-free diet in this video with Huffington Post science editor Jacqueline Howard.

05/17/2013: A place for reflection

Beloved nursing leader Keith Perleberg honored with memorial bench.

05/17/2013: Cancer survivor stays positive by giving back to others

Patient's dedication, determination helps her in her battle against cancer.

05/17/2013: Three teams honored with annual Bowditch Prize

Three innovative teams were honored with this year’s Nathaniel Bowditch Prize, which recognized their significant contributions to enhance the delivery of quality patient care while also reducing the cost of that care.

05/17/2013: Goldstein named chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, director of the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and will lead the division’s clinical, education, research and community service activities.

05/17/2013: Mootha named an HHMI Investigator

Vamsi Mootha, MD, of the MGH Department of Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology, is among 27 leading biomedical researchers from across the country selected as new Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigators.

05/17/2013: What everyone should know about mumps

Mark Pasternack, MD, chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers questions about mumps, an acute and highly contagious viral illness.

05/17/2013: Department of Psychiatry hosts inaugural symposium

The inaugural MGH Public and Community Psychiatry Symposium provided an opportunity for staff to learn about a wide range of ongoing work related to public sector mental health and to forge new collaborations between colleagues.

05/17/2013: What's Happening: May 17, 2013

What's Happening: May 17, 2013

05/17/2013: Meet the world's most advanced brain scanner

As part of the NIH's Human Connectome Project, Mass General researchers are using the most advanced brain imaging technology in the world to map the brain's structure.

05/16/2013: Women with Chronic Physical Disabilities Are No Less Likely to Bear Children

A new study finds that women with chronic physical disabilities are about as likely as nondisabled women to say they are currently pregnant, after age and other sociodemographic factors are taken into account.

05/15/2013: Study finds disagreement on the role of primary care nurse practitioners

A New England Journal of Medicine study finds that, while primary care physicians and nurse practitioners agree that nurse practitioners "should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training," they significantly disagree about some proposed changes to the scope of nurse practitioners' responsibilities.

05/15/2013: CHARLESTOWN ADDICTION RECOVERY AND TREATMENT COURT:

The Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) and its Probation Department, which established the Charlestown Addiction Recovery Treatment (CHART) Program in partnership with the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, announces that this new drug court is in full operation.

05/14/2013: Treatment with two osteoporosis drugs better at increasing bone density than single-drug therapy

A combination of two FDA-approved osteoporosis drugs with different mechanisms of action was found to increase bone density better than treatment with either drug alone in a small clinical trial.

05/13/2013: Massachusetts General Hospital Receives Highest Nursing Credential With Prestigious Magnet® Recognition … Again

The Massachusetts General Hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

05/10/2013: Study finds relaxation response triggers genomic changes

Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and prayer are all ways to evoke a physiologic state of deep rest known as the relaxation response. New research published in the journal PLOS ONE finds that eliciting this response triggers immediate changes in gene expression that can affect the body’s immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion.

05/10/2013: Partners eCare validation sessions underway

Partners eCare validation sessions are taking place now and will continue through June 2013.

05/10/2013: Thousands help to heal ‘invisible wounds of war’ at Home Base event

Some 2,000 runners and walkers – including hundreds of active duty military members – gathered at Fenway Park on May 4 to support clinical care, education and research to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families heal from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

05/10/2013: MGH honored for nursing excellence

The MGH has been redesignated as a Magnet organization, the highest available honor for nursing excellence.

05/10/2013: Cancer survivor gives back to nurses

More than 60 MGH Cancer Center nurses took part in an annual makeover event, hosted by the national director of Creative Artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty.

05/10/2013: MGH celebrates Nurses Recognition Week

The MGH celebrated national Nurses Recognition Week May 2-8 with a series of celebratory events, special presentations and receptions.

05/10/2013: Cancer Center names the one hundred honorees

The MGH Cancer Center’s announces the one hundred honorees for 2013, recognizing outstanding individuals or groups who have made or are making a significant difference in the fight against cancer.

05/10/2013: SBHC celebrates 10th anniversary

The MGH Revere School Based Health Center (SBHC) hosted its 10th anniversary with a celebration at the Revere High School Library.

05/10/2013: MGHers honored with Caring for Dependent(s) Travel Awards

Recognizing that faculty who care for dependent family members may have difficulty traveling to meetings and conferences, the MGH Center for Faculty Development has established the Caring For Dependent(s) Awards.

05/10/2013: What's Happening: May 10, 2013

What's Happening: May 10, 2013

05/08/2013: Mass. General, Duke study identifies two genes that combine to cause rare syndrome

Researchers from MGH and Duke University have identified genetic mutations that appear to underlie a rare but devastating syndrome combining reproductive failure with cerebellar ataxia – a lack of muscle coordination – and dementia.

05/08/2013: Innovating, Translating and Integrating Care in Clinical Electrophysiology

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present insights and opinions on methods for treating refractory heart failure, genetically determined arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation in an integrated, multispecialty program.

05/06/2013: Treating Aching Feet

Do you suffer from sore feet? Read what Dr. Johnson, Interim Director of the Foot and Ankle Service, suggests for treating sore feet in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

05/05/2013: Portable device provides rapid, accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis, other bacterial infections

A handheld diagnostic device that MGH investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis and other important infectious bacteria.

05/05/2013: Mass General radiologists inducted as fellows in the American College of Radiology

Six Mass General radiologists were recently inducted as American College of Radiology fellows, demonstrating a history of service and dedication to patients.

05/05/2013: Collaboration at the heart of patient care

The collaborative care at Massachusetts General Hospital saved Julie Meyerholz when she suffered an ascending aortic dissection in the middle of a storm.

05/03/2013: Window opens for 2013 Joint Commission hospital lab-focused survey

THE WINDOW FOR a Joint Commission survey with a lab focus is now open and can occur at any time. The Joint Commission will send three surveyors for a five-day review of all MGH laboratory services. Surveyors will visit the MGH’s main campus, health centers and practices, and perform tracers in any location involved in laboratory service activities and transplant safety. The scope of the survey could include physicians, nurses, medical assistants, point-of-care testing personnel and laboratory employees.

05/03/2013: Going the extra mile

More than 140 nominations were received for the 2013 Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award, which honors the memory of Ellis, an executive secretary at the MGH from 1992 to 1996.

05/03/2013: CMS celebrates new home

The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) hosted an open house on March 27 in its new home on the fourth floor of Charlestown Navy Yard’s Building 39.

05/03/2013: A song from the heart

Actress Lauren Potter from the “Glee” television show cast visited pediatric patients at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

05/03/2013: MGH honored by Project Greenhealth

The MGH has received the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care.

05/03/2013: In general awards and honors: May 3, 2013

In general awards and honors: May 3, 2013

05/03/2013: Hospital reopens historic surgical observation deck

The MGH Learning Laboratory celebrated the addition of dedicated OR and observation space for the simulation program at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

05/03/2013: Students get hands-on approach to learning

The MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement offer area high school students an introduction to the many careers available in the field of health care.

05/03/2013: Volunteers showcase musical talents

The MGH Volunteer Department hosts second annual talent show – part of national Volunteer Recognition Week, April 29 through May 3.

05/03/2013: Mentoring excellence

Maurizio Fava, MD, executive vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry, was honored with the 2012 John T. Potts Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award.

05/02/2013: Gene variant appears to predict weight loss after gastric bypass

MGH researchers have identified a gene variant that helps predict how much weight an individual will lose after gastric bypass surgery, a finding with the potential both to guide treatment planning and to facilitate the development of new therapeutic approaches to treating obesity and related conditions like diabetes.

05/01/2013: Study identifies genes, pathways altered during relaxation response practice

A new study from investigators at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at MGH and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center finds that elicitation of the relaxation response produces immediate changes in the expression of genes involved in immune function, energy metabolism and insulin secretion.

05/01/2013: Kids and food Allergies on NPR's "On Point"

Dr. Shreffler was featured on "On Point" on May 1st. This segment discussed food allergies and research thereon

05/01/2013: With Down syndrome diagnoses comes a wrenching choice

As prenatal tests proliferate and come earlier, more couples are arriving at a medical crossroads.

05/01/2013: Life with Down syndrome is full of possibilities

The lives of the 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome today are radically different than a generation ago.

04/30/2013: Bariatric surgery for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center surgeon Ozanan Meireles, MD, answers common questions about the effect of bariatric surgery on individuals with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

04/30/2013: Bariatric surgery gives time, new life to kidney transplant patient

Thomas Gagnon arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital expecting to receive a kidney transplant. Instead, he was referred to the Mass General Weight Center for life-changing obesity treatment.

04/30/2013: Fellows and Families Ask Important Questions

Parents and fellows gathered for the unique opportunity to ask pressing questions they normally would not be comfortable asking in a clinical setting at the Family Advisory Council luncheon on April 5th.

04/26/2013: In the wake of tragedy

Partners HealthCare has announced it is committing $1 million to the newly created One Fund Boston to help the families who lost loved ones and the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. This donation is made in honor and recognition of the employees of the Partners HealthCare system who live and work in this community and dedicate themselves every day to our mission, enabling its hospitals to deliver some of the best patient care in the world.

04/26/2013: Partners announces grants for community health centers

Partners HealthCare has teamed with the Neighborhood Health Plan and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers to provide grants to community health centers across the state through the new “Partnership for Community Health” initiative, which aims to help the centers transform the way care is delivered and adapted to state and national reforms.

04/26/2013: PIE awards honor extraordinary MGHers

Despite a difficult and emotional week following the Boston Marathon attacks, MGHers were resolute in their decision to come together April 22 to celebrate the annual Partners in Excellence (PIE) awards, which honor the extraordinary efforts that MGH employees make here each and every day.

04/26/2013: Investigators develop implantable, bioengineered rat kidney

Bioengineered rat kidneys developed by MGH investigators successfully produced urine both in a laboratory apparatus and after being transplanted into living animals.

04/26/2013: Three MGH teams honored for clinical research achievements

Three projects led by MGH investigators were named among the Clinical Research Forum’s Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements of 2012 at the organization’s annual meeting on April 18.

04/26/2013: 2013 Boston Marathon teams

Photo montage of members of the 2013 Boston Marathon teams

04/25/2013: Alzheimer's risk gene presents potential treatment target

MGH investigators have determined that one of the recently identified genes contributing to the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease regulates the clearance of the toxic amyloid beta (A-beta) protein that accumulates in the brains of patients with the disease.

04/24/2013: Some happy amongst the sad, Dr. Runs for Fallen Angel

Karen Livernois writes about the care her daughter Yvie received at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Dr. Avi Traum's request to run the Boston Marathon in memory of Yvie.

04/19/2013: Tips For Parents At Home In Lockdown With Kids

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.

04/19/2013: To Our MGH Family: Thank You

In the days following the devastating attacks at the Boston Marathon, there remains an overwhelming sense of sadness and confusion. Our hearts go out to all who have been personally affected by this truly tragic event.

04/19/2013: Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond

Boston Marathon tragedy: MGHers respond

04/19/2013: Employee Assistance Program offers support for MGHers

EAP provides free and confidential support services for staff.

04/19/2013: MGH expert: How to talk to kids in wake of attacks

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at the MGH and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children after the Boston Marathon explosion incident.

04/18/2013: Three Mass. General researchers among recipients of Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement awards

Three projects led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have been named among the Clinical Research Forum's Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements of 2012.

04/16/2013: How to Talk to Kids Following the Boston Marathon Explosion

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after the Boston Marathon explosion incident.

04/15/2013: Gene-expression signature may signify risk for recurrence, metastasis in prostate cancer

A team led by MGH researchers has identified a genetic signature that may reflect the risk of tumor recurrence or spread in men surgically treated for prostate cancer. If confirmed, the genetic risk index also may help distinguish tumors that require aggressive treatment from those that can safely be monitored.

04/15/2013: Expanding the Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders

Transcending the disciplines of microbiology, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, Dr. Alessio Fasano’s research focuses on the mucosal biology of the gut. By focusing on the “cross talk” between enteric pathogens and their hosts, Dr. Fasano’s group has elucidated various organs and cell functions involved in health and disease, including inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

04/15/2013: Connecting innate and adaptive immunity

Research of Anna Sokolovska, PhD, Research Associate, Developmental Immunology Laboratory, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

04/15/2013: Research of Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH

Drs. Warren Zapol and Ryan Carroll of the Anesthesiology Center for Critical Care Research and are currently leading a phase II clinical trial in the safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide as an adjunctive treatment for pediatric patients with cerebral malaria in Uganda (ClinicalTrial.gov: NCT01388842).

04/15/2013: Research of Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH

Ronald Thibert, DO, MsPH is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MGHfC and the Lurie Center for Autism, specializing in the treatment of children with difficult to control seizures. He has a special interest in children with autistic spectrum disorders, especially those with Angelman syndrome and duplications of chromosome 15q (Dup15q). He is the director of both the Angelman syndrome clinic and the Dup15q Center at MGHfC and the Lurie Center and the majority of his clinical research focuses on the treatment of seizures in these 2 genetic disorders.

04/14/2013: Mass. General team develops implantable, bioengineered rat kidney

Bioengineered rat kidneys developed by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators successfully produced urine both in a laboratory apparatus and after being transplanted into living animals.

04/12/2013: Mass. General Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Prize4Life receive Bio-IT World Award for creation of ALS data platform

The MGH Neurological Clinical Research Institute and Prize4Life, an organization dedicated to accelerating discovery of treatments and a cure for ALS, received a Best Practices Award at the 2013 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo for their creation of PRO-ACT ,the largest database of information from ALS clinical trials and patient care.

04/12/2013: National Quality Forum Endorses Pediatric Symptom Checklist

The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.

04/12/2013: Planning for the future: advance directive Q&A

In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, Cynthia LaSala, MS, RN, clinical nurse specialist and adviser to the MGH Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee, discusses the importance of having an advance directive to help convey your health care wishes in a clear, concise manner.

04/12/2013: Aspire Gala raises nearly $1.4 million for MGHfC

More than 900 people turned out for this year’s Aspire Spring Gala, which raised nearly $1.4 million to support the MassGeneral Hospital for Children program that helps children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders develop the social skills critical for success at home, school and within the community.

04/12/2013: Cancer Center fellowship program receives $1M gift

The MGH Cancer Center has received a $1.05 million gift from Sovereign Bank, N.A., a division of Santander Holdings USA, in support of its Hematology/Oncology Research Fellowship Fund.

04/12/2013: Child Protection Consultation Team offers support, training

Training, supporting and closely collaborating with clinicians are key roles of the MGH Child Protection Consultation Team, which is available 24 hours, seven days a week to ensure staff always have a person to turn to when dealing with child abuse or suspected maltreatment cases.

04/12/2013: Breaking barriers to hear all voices

The MGH Disparities Committee explores trends in patient satisfaction connected to racial, ethnic and linguistic disparities in health care.

04/12/2013: MGH Partners in Excellence Awards Ceremony

All members of the MGH community are invited to attend the annual Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards Ceremony April 22 from 3 to 4 pm in the Bulfinch Tents.

04/12/2013: Laughren joins CTNI as director of Regulatory Affairs

Thomas Laughren, MD, has joined the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI) as director of Regulatory Affairs.

04/12/2013: What's Happening: April 12, 2013

What's Happening: April 12, 2013

04/09/2013: Google searches about mental illness follow seasonal patterns

A new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that Google searches for information across all major mental illnesses and problems followed seasonal patterns, suggesting mental illness may be more strongly linked with seasonal patterns than previously thought.

04/08/2013: Adding intestinal enzyme to diets of mice appears to prevent, treat metabolic syndrome

Feeding an intestinal enzyme to mice kept on a high-fat diet appears to prevent the development of metabolic syndrome – a group of symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver – and to reduce symptoms in mice that already had the condition.

04/08/2013: High-tech imagery helps surgeons combat epilepsy

The Boston Globe reports on imaging's role in surgery as a growing treatment option for children with epilepsy.

04/07/2013: Next-generation PI3 Kinase Inhibitor Demonstrated Early Efficacy, Safety

GDC-0032, a potent, next-generation PI3 kinase inhibitor, demonstrated early signs of efficacy for patients with cancers driven by mutations in the PI3 kinase alpha gene, according to first in-human results presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013.

04/05/2013: First donor in new location

The MGH Blood Donor Center opens in its temporary location on White 12.

04/05/2013: A spring tradition

MGHfC hosts annual spring egg hunt.

04/05/2013: ESOL students showcase new skills

The students in Dara Mendelsohn’s MGH Workplace Education Program’s JVS English Fundamentals class recently put their newly developed language skills to use when they presented a hand hygiene program to their supervisors, instructors and invited guests.

04/05/2013: Addressing global challenges

The MGH Center for Global Health and the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosted an inaugural “Women in Global Health Symposium: Women Leaders Responding to Global Challenges” at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard.

04/05/2013: MGHers guiding the development of mental health services in war-torn country

The MGHers travel to Liberia’s capital of Monrovia to help guide the development of mental health services in the war-torn country.

04/05/2013: Following in her father’s footsteps

For Michael Shea, his fifth time running the Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Marathon Team will be unique because he will have his inspiration – his daughter Elizabeth – running alongside him.

04/05/2013: Leadership changes at the Transplantation Biology Research Center

After more than two decades of leading the MGH Transplantation Biology Research Center (TBRC), David H. Sachs, MD, is stepping down from his role as director.

04/05/2013: In General Awards and Honors: April 5, 2013

In General Awards and Honors: April 5, 2013

04/04/2013: Critical Care Center staff win award for research in patient and family support

Massachusetts General Hospital Critical Care Center staff members were recognized for their study on communication between providers and family members in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

04/04/2013: Olivia Finds Her Voice

Lifechanging airway surgeries allow 3-year-old MGHfC patient Olivia Cabral to talk for the very first time.

04/03/2013: Third-generation device significantly improves capture of circulating tumor cells

A new system for isolating rare circulating tumor cells – living solid tumor cells found at low levels in the bloodstream – shows significant improvement over previously developed devices and does not require prior identification of tumor-specific target molecules.

04/03/2013: Phase 1 ALS trial is first to test antisense treatment of neurodegenerative disease

The initial clinical trial of a novel approach to treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – blocking production of a mutant protein that causes an inherited form of the progressive neurodegenerative disease – may be a first step towards a new era in the treatment of such disorders.

04/01/2013: Make Gluten-Free Food Safe for Patients and Consumers

Calling for action on the final steps before implementation of safe gluten-free labeling regulations, Dr. Alessio Fasano joined Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) in an Op-Ed published in the Huffington Post Healthy Living section on April 3.

04/01/2013: Stop leg wounds that don’t heal.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains leg ulcers: what they are, and approaches to treatment and prevention.

03/29/2013: MGPO honors physicians with Brian A. McGovern, MD, awards

THE RECIPIENTS OF THE Brian A. McGovern, MD, Award for Clinical Excellence were announced March 23 at the MGPO annual Physician Recognition Dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The three honorees were selected from among 95 MGPO physicians nominated for their dedication, patient-centered care and clinical excellence. The award was created by the MGPO and is presented every 18 months to honor McGovern, a well-loved MGH cardiologist, who died in 2003.

03/29/2013: Science takes center stage

“THIS IS ONE OF MY favorite days of the year,” said Robert Kingston, PhD, chief of MGH Molecular Biology and chair of the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) in his welcome address at the March 20 Celebration of Science event, held in conjunction with the 66th annual meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).

03/29/2013: 2013 MGH Research Scholars

ESTABLISHED IN 2011 by ECOR and the MGH Research Advisory Council, the MGH Research Scholars program provides five years of unrestricted funding to give innovative investigators the flexibility to pursue projects that may lead in unexpected directions. Supported by philanthropic gifts, the program expanded from the first group of five recipients to eight scholars in 2012.

03/29/2013: Berwick calls for MGH to lead in health care reform efforts

“THE MORAL TEST OF GOVERNMENT is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

03/29/2013: MGHers take steps to advance careers

JANICE MAENPAA knew she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. On some Sundays after church, she would visit her grandmother who was being cared for at the MGH and dream about her future career. But as she grew older, doubts about the finances required to pay for college and uncertainties of whether she’d have the stamina to handle the rigors of classes nearly derailed her hopes of attaining her childhood dream. On a whim, however, she enrolled in a biology class and immediately her concerns were quieted.

03/29/2013: Raising awareness for MGH LGBT community

MEMBERS OF THE MGH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Resource Group hosted an information table March 27 in the White Corridor in honor of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which runs March 26 through March 30.

03/29/2013: A slam dunk for the Lurie Center

THE LURIE CENTER FOR AUTISM at the MGH and MassGeneral Hospital for Children was one of the beneficiaries of the 14th annual Full Court Charity Challenge March 16 at Basketball City in Boston.

03/27/2013: Changes in gastrointestinal microbes may produce some benefits of gastric bypass

Changes in the microbial population of the gastrointestinal tract may underlie some of the benefits of gastric bypass surgery, reports a team of researchers from MGH and Harvard University. The investigators also found that post-bypass alterations in the microbial population of mice can induce weight loss in animals that did not have surgery.

03/26/2013: Mass General Marathon Team Helps Build Friendships

When Steve Davis visits 12-year-old Stephen Broderick at Massachusetts General Hospital, they talk about school and summer camp. For Stephen, the visits are a welcome distraction during chemotherapy he is receiving to treat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

03/26/2013: New Home Base Website Helps Military Families Stay Strong During Deployment

When her husband, Jerry, was deployed to Iraq, Lisa Parisella felt like she lost part of her daughter, too. Seven-year-old Sophia missed her father and was not herself.

03/25/2013: New Home Base Website Helps Military Families Stay Strong During Deployment

When her husband, Jerry, was deployed to Iraq, Lisa Parisella felt like she lost part of her daughter, too. Seven-year-old Sophia missed her father and was not herself.

03/25/2013: Mass General Marathon Team Helps Build Friendships

When Steve Davis visits 12-year-old Stephen Broderick at Massachusetts General Hospital, they talk about school and summer camp. For Stephen, the visits are a welcome distraction during chemotherapy to treat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

03/25/2013: Singing Group Spreads Hope, Raises Money to Fight Cancer

After Greg Chastain’s mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, he wondered what he could do to honor her memory. Growing up, she filled their home with music and when he took an interest in music, she was his constant supporter.

03/25/2013: The rise of radiology patient consultation services

Radiologist Garry Choy talks about the Radiology Consultation Clinic, a pilot program that provides an opportunity for patients at Mass General to consult directly with a radiologist.

03/22/2013: MGHfC hosts fifth annual Research Day

FOR MASSGENERAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN Physician-in-Chief Ronald Kleinman, MD, the highlight of the fifth annual MGHfC Research Day was the thought-provoking conversations he had with pediatric researchers. “It’s really remarkable how integrated our research is within a set of highly diverse themes,” says Kleinman. “That tells me we are really coming together as a research community here and helping each other to grow.”

03/22/2013: Raising awareness of traumatic brain injury

ONE MOMENT TOM KEARNEY was walking along busy Oxford Street in London, England – the next he was laying on the pavement with a cracked skull, collapsed lungs and blood streaming from his ears and mouth. It was Dec. 18, 2009, and the businessman and Harvard University graduate had just been struck by a 16-ton bus – the impact projecting him 20 feet down the street and leaving him in a near-death coma.

03/22/2013: An ancient tradition observed

THE MGH CHAPLAINCY hosted a special ceremony March 21 in the MGH Chapel to observe Passover, which begins March 25 and ends April 2, and commemorates the emancipation of the ancient Hebrews from enslavement in ancient Egypt.

03/22/2013: Hodin named to new position

THE MGH DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY has announced that Richard Hodin, MD, has been appointed as chief for Academic Affairs. In his new role, Hodin – who also will continue in his roles as chief of Endocrine Surgery and surgical director of the MGH Crohn’s and Colitis Center – will be actively involved in faculty development and academic promotions and will join the leadership of the department on the Chiefs’ Council.

03/22/2013: MGHers provide outreach in Middle East

LARRY RONAN, MD, director of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine in the MGH Center for Global Health, spent five days in early February working in the Zaatari refugee camp on the Syrian/Jordanian border. The camp, which opened in July 2012, is estimated to be home to more than 100,000 Syrians who have fled from the civil war within their country.

03/22/2013: Blood Transfusion Service plans for temporary relocation to White 12

The MGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE (BTS) will temporarily relocate its operations to the 12th floor of the White Building on April 1 while its current location in the Jackson Building undergoes renovations.

03/22/2013: Anniversary of a promise

WHEN SHE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE as a member of the 2013 Mass General Boston Marathon Team on April 15, Lindsey Beggan’s life will have come full circle. It was 15 years ago, on the day of the team’s first marathon, that Beggan was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone disease. It also was the day her father made her a promise.

03/22/2013: In General awards and honors: March 22, 2013

In General awards and honors: March 22, 2013

03/21/2013: Experts weigh risks of CT scans

Multiple studies have examined the benefits and risks of CT scans. Read the latest coverage on the issue in USA Today.

03/20/2013: Mass General receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients. The “2013 Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Defect-Free Care Award” recognizes the MGH for providing defect-free care to more than 80 percent of patients admitted with stroke over the course of a year

03/20/2013: An ‘Angel’ Remembered

Family, friends and staff gather to honor MGHfC patient Christopher Driscoll, 18, who passed away January 22.

03/19/2013: Primary health risks outweigh long-term radiation concerns

Immediate health risks supersede lifetime radiation-induced cancer risk in patients undergoing CT surveillance for testicular cancer, according to a new study.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Bonnie Monahan

Bonnie Monahan explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Caroline Armington

Caroline Armington explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Rachael Higgins

Rachael Higgins explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD

Howard Weinstein explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Erica Masini

Erica Masini explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Karin Sachs Wood

Karin Sachs Wood explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Scott Hilt

Scott Hilt explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Margo Smith

Margo Smith explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Featured Runners: Marathon 2013

In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, founded the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Kenny Shann

Kenny Shann explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/18/2013: Q&A with marathon runner Megan Hall

Megan Hall explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

03/15/2013: Watertown's Arsenal Medical Developing Foam to Buy Time for Wounded Soldiers

David R. King, MD, director of the Knight Surgical Research Lab at Mass General, is part of a team investigating the use of a biofoam to assist wounded soldiers.

03/15/2013: The Ragon Institute moves to state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge

The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art research facility in Cambridge.

03/15/2013: MGH receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care

The MGH has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients.

03/15/2013: MGH Imaging honors pioneer

The MGH Imaging Department recently honored Robert H. Ackerman, MD, MPH, director emeritus of the MGH Neurovascular Laboratory, for his work as a pioneer in stroke imaging and prevention.

03/15/2013: MGH Idol winner scores Nashville record deal

Five years after being named the inaugural winner of the MGH's annual employee singing competition, Scott Hooper recently was in a Nashville studio where he recorded an album titled “Giddy Up.”

03/15/2013: Weight gain after quitting smoking does not negate health benefits

A recent MGH study analysis may have answered a question that has troubled individuals considering stopping smoking: do the health effects of any weight gained after quitting outweigh the known cardiovascular benefits of smoking cessation?

03/15/2013: In General awards and honors: March 15, 2013

In General awards and honors: March 15, 2013

03/15/2013: Communication is key for cardiac surgery team

Late last year, the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Care Redesign team – made up of anesthesiologists, perfusionists and surgeons – formed a subgroup focused specifically on the practice of CPB. They began to investigate different ways they could strengthen not only how care was administered, but also how they could work more collaboratively on a daily basis.

03/15/2013: What's Happening: March 15, 2013

What's Happening: March 15, 2013

03/14/2013: New Family-Friendly Center for Perioperative Care Opens

Separate pediatric and adult waiting areas and patient bays transform the Mass General Center for Perioperative Care.

03/14/2013: Informatics Core at MIND: Building Tools, Creating Connections

The Informatics Core at MIND offers state-of-the-art bioinformatics services, connecting researchers with tools, each other, and expertise to manage their clinical and research databases.

03/12/2013: Weight gain after quitting smoking does not negate health benefits

An analysis of data from the Framingham Offspring Study confirms that the health benefits of quitting smoking far exceed any negative effects of weight gained after smoking cessation

03/11/2013: Nerve damage may underlie widespread, unexplained chronic pain in children

Study finds that most of a group of young patients seen at Mass General for chronic, unexplained pain had test results indicating small-fiber polyneuropathy, a condition not previously reported in children.

03/11/2013: Mass General and NCAA coaches promote colorectal cancer screening

Massachusetts General Hospital is partnering with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and Coaches vs. Cancer to promote screening and treatment for colorectal cancer.

03/08/2013: BRAF inhibitor treatment causes melanoma cells to shift how they produce energy

A multi-institutional study has revealed that BRAF-positive metastatic malignant melanomas develop resistance to treatment with drugs targeting the BRAF/MEK growth pathway through a major change in metabolism. The findings suggest a strategy to improve the effectiveness of currently available targeted therapies.

03/08/2013: Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Systemic Cardiovascular Disease

Experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care present a dynamic symposium on systemic cardiovascular disease.

03/08/2013: MGH named ‘most admired’

MGH President Peter L. Slavin accepted an award honoring the hospital as the Readers’ Choice Most Admired Health Care Company during the Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Most Admired Companies, CEOs and Brands luncheon celebration on March 1.

03/08/2013: Improving, enhancing patient safety at MGH

Fifty-one nurses, Imaging technicians, lab assistants, speech language pathologists and physicians were honored this week as Patient Safety Stars by the MGH/MGPO Center for Quality and Safety.

03/08/2013: Planning for the next generation of MGH science

The annual Celebration of Science, held in conjunction with the 2013 meeting of the hospital’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), will spotlight the work of recipients of the hospital’s top research awards and other innovative investigators.

03/08/2013: Time for Tea with the FAC

As a way to spread the word about the work of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Family Advisory Council hosted a special Tea Time event on the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.

03/08/2013: In General awards and honors: March 8, 2013

In General awards and honors: March 8, 2013

03/08/2013: Padihershef unwrapped

Some answers as to how the MGH's Egyptian mummy Padihershef lived and died are now being explored through a conservation project - which included a full body X-ray and CT scan.

03/08/2013: IV program gains ‘wins’ in safety, savings

Partners hospitals stand to save $17 million over five years as part a Partners Patient Affordability effort which evaluated IV products and services.

03/08/2013: What's Happening: March 8, 2013

What's Happening: March 8, 2013

03/06/2013: Folate and vitamin B12 supplementation reduces disabling schizophrenia symptoms in patients with specific gene variants

Adding the dietary supplements folate and vitamin B12 to treatment with antipsychotic medication improved a core symptom component of schizophrenia in a study of more than 100 patients.

03/05/2013: EEG patterns indicate when patients lose, regain consciousness under propofol anesthesia

MGH investigators have identified specific EEG signatures that indicate when patients lose and regain consciousness under the general anesthetic drug propofol. The findings should lead to better ways of monitoring awareness and tracking other aspects of the brain states of patients under anesthesia.

03/05/2013: Pill-sized capsule could revolutionize cancer screening

A new capsule-like device may provide an alternative screening method for Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

03/04/2013: Rethink Varicose Veins

Julianne Stoughton, MD, vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses options for treating varicose veins.

03/01/2013: Collaborating in a crisis

The MGH Center for Global Health welcomed U.S. Army Lt. General P.K. Keen to discuss his command of the U.S. military’s relief efforts in Haiti as part of “Development and Defense: The Role of the U.S. Military in Global Health,” a seminar and panel discussion.

03/01/2013: MGH receives Presidents Award

On Jan. 25, the MGH received the Presidents Award from the Greater Boston Business Council, the Boston area’s leading business group for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.

03/01/2013: Magnet site visit begins March 4

From March 4 through March 7, four appraisers from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will conduct a site visit as part of the MGH’s Magnet recognition redesignation process.

03/01/2013: Strengthening educational opportunities for city’s youth is superintendent’s goal

Dr. Carol Johnson, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, spoke Feb. 15 at the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Partners HealthCare and the MGH.

03/01/2013: Happy New Year!

Nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the Year of the Snake as part of the MGH Chinese Scientist and Staff Association’s (CSSA) traditional Chinese Lunar New Year event.

03/01/2013: Focus on patient safety awareness

MGH hosts events in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week, which runs March 3 through 9.

03/01/2013: Celebrating 50 years of transplantation

This week marks 50 years of transplantation at the MGH. Since the first kidney transplant performed on Feb. 27, 1963, the MGH Transplant Center has revolutionized transplant medicine as an innovator in complex, life-saving techniques

03/01/2013: What's Happening: March 1, 2013

What's Happening: March 1, 2013

02/28/2013: Study identifies growth factor essential to the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor

A multi-institutional team led by MGH researchers has identified a molecular pathway that appears to be essential for the growth and spread of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children.

02/28/2013: Time for Tea with the FAC

Family Advisory Council hosts tea and cupcakes event in the NICU and PICU.

02/28/2013: February Heart Month: Advances in Treating Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/25/2013: Extremely high estrogen levels may underlie serious complications affecting single-birth IVF pregnancies

MGH researchers have identified what may be a major factor behind the increased risk of two adverse outcomes in IVF pregnancies – extremely high estrogen levels at the time of embryo transfer. They describe a protocol that reduced the risk of infants born small for their gestational age and the risk of preeclampsia in a small group of patients.

02/23/2013: Who Has the Guts for Gluten?

New York Times article features Alessio Fasano, MD, of the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

02/21/2013: Magnetic esophageal sphincter device benefits patients with GERD

The New England Journal of Medicine publishes the three-year results of a study of the safety and effectiveness of a new device for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

02/20/2013: February Heart Month: Mass General Cardiac Surgeon Talks about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/17/2013: Joe Kinan’s hand transplant helps him and donor’s family move forward

Jonathan Winograd, MD, and Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr, MD, discuss how Joe Kinan, a Station nightclub fire survivor, became the first hand transplant recipient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

02/16/2013: Scans reveal intricate brain wiring

Mass General Imaging researchers are generating images of the brain using one of the world’s most powerful scanners.

02/15/2013: Sugar and beverages: How much is too much?

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/15/2013: Nutrition classes inspire better food choices

MGH dietician Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, covers the topic of avoiding impulse purchases in her regular “Supermarket Smarts” class at the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

02/15/2013: ECMO patient on road to recovery

Keith Lordan has a new appreciation for heart awareness since having a major heart attack in 2011 and credits the MGH and the its ECMO program for saving his life.

02/15/2013: Love Is In the Air at MGHfC

Hugs and kisses melted hearts at the annual Angels Above Valentine's Day party at MGHfC.

02/15/2013: BBJ poll: MGH a ‘most admired company’

Vote to make the MGH the most admired health care company in the Boston Business Journal's Readers' Choice poll.

02/15/2013: MGH hosts Libyan health leaders

The MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights hosted leaders from the Benghazi Medical Center (BMC) to discuss a collaboration to aid BMC in its efforts to establish itself as a center of excellence for emergency care for Benghazi and for all of Eastern Libya.

02/15/2013: MGH Blood Donor Center plans to temporarily relocate

The MGH Blood Donor Center is planning for its temporary relocation to the 12th floor of the White Building on April 1 while its current home in the Gray Building undergoes renovations.

02/15/2013: A ring of pride

Boston Bruins players visit the MassGeneral Hospital for Children as part of an auction item sold during the 13th annual Storybook Ball.

02/15/2013: Annual Run-Walk to Home Base at Fenway Park support returning veterans

Now in its fourth year, the Run-Walk to Home Base presented by New Balance will take place May 4 to raise funds for the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program.

02/15/2013: Weathering the storm

The MGH is proud and thankful for all of its dedicated employees who helped ensure smooth operations during the nor’easter that hit the region on Feb. 8 and 9, which dumped some 25 inches of snow in Boston.

02/15/2013: What's happening: Feb. 15, 2013

What's happening: Feb. 15, 2013

02/14/2013: New company launches tool to manage electronic health records

Software developed at Mass General Imaging enables clinicians to gain better insights from electronic health records, according to its developers.

02/13/2013: Cellular renewal process may underlie benefits of omega fatty acids

A search for genes that change their levels of expression in response to starvation has uncovered potential clues to the mechanism behind the health benefits of omega fatty acids. MGH researchers report that omega-6 fatty acids may activate a cellular renewal process called autophagy, which may be deficient in several important diseases of aging.

02/13/2013: Probiotic-Derived Treatment Offers New Hope for Premature Babies

Chemicals secreted by "good" bacteria that typically live in the intestines of babies could reduce the frequency and severity of a common and often-lethal disease of premature infants.

02/13/2013: HUNGER PREVENTION IN SPANISH

Hunger and obesity are prevalent in immigrant and refugee families, as well as native-born families, in the US today. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ conducts hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that aim to reduce food insecurity and obesity by empowering families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.

02/11/2013: Mouse models fail to reproduce inflammatory genomic response to serious injuries

Existing mouse models do not appear to accurately reproduce the human genomic response to serious traumatic injury, including major burns.

02/08/2013: It's all in the genes: Identical twins fight high cholesterol

Identical twins control FH, an inherited lipid disorder, thanks to apheresis treatments at the MGH - the only site in Massachusetts to offer the treatments for adults.

02/08/2013: Antidepressants and the effects on heart rhythms

Roy Perlis, MD, MSc, director of the MGH Psychiatry Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics, explains a recent study published in the journal BMJ that he led and outlines what it means for people who take antidepressant medications.

02/08/2013: MGH celebrates Black History Month

The MGH Patient Care Services and the Partners Diversity Supplier Program hosts its annual Black History Month event.

02/08/2013: New workout equipment unveiled

The Clubs at Charles River Park has introduced the latest addition to its health club – the PurMotion FTS 200.

02/08/2013: Going red for heart health

The MGH teamed up with the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign to present a series of heart health events in recognition of February as American Heart Month.

02/08/2013: Students explore health and science career options

Making the students feel at ease in a large teaching hospital was the job of more than 75 MGH volunteers who hosted 100 students throughout the campus on Feb. 1 as part of the annual MGH Job Shadow Day, sponsored by the Center for Community Health Improvement.

02/08/2013: MGHfC gets a Halloween treat

Spirit Halloween SuperStores representatives Dan Mathis and Michael Cutting presented the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Child Life Department with a check for $33,840 on Feb. 5.

02/07/2013: SEVEN REVERE HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN BECOME MGH YOUTH SCHOLARS

BOSTON, MA—February 7, 2013 – The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement announced today that seven freshmen from Revere High School have been selected as MGH Youth Scholars. They are: Zakaria Attioui, Alaina Cataldo, Kelsey Dupont, Samatha Eligene, Camilo Gonzalez, Talal Hamza and Luke Hartnett.

02/07/2013: THREE CHELSEA HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN BECOME MGH YOUTH SCHOLARS

BOSTON, MA—February 7, 2013 – The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement announced today that three freshmen from Chelsea High School have been selected as MGH Youth Scholars. They are: Haidar Karim, Ibrahim Somo and Hadijat Umarova.

02/06/2013: Brain research provides clues to what makes people think and behave differently

Differences in the physical connections of the brain are at the root of what make people think and behave differently from one another. Researchers reporting in the February 6 issue of Neuron shed new light on the details of this phenomenon, mapping the exact brain regions where individual differences occur.

02/05/2013: Benefits of CT Outweigh Cancer Risks in Young Adults

The underlying medical conditions facing young adults who undergo computed tomography (CT) exams represent a significantly greater health risk than that of radiation-induced cancer from CT.

02/05/2013: European restrictions on working hours have 'profound' effect on medical care and education

In the February 6 issue of JAMA, investigators from MGH and Harvard Medical School describe what is known about the impact on medical care and resident training of the European Working Time Directive and its implications for postgraduate medical education in the U.S.

02/04/2013: Neighborhood support inspires transplant recipient John Morelli to help others

A local community’s support for a transplant recipient motivated him to create an organization that helps others.

02/04/2013: February Heart Month: Mass General Cardiologist Talks about Aortic Valve Stenosis

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/01/2013: Having a healthy heart

Heart disease – the No. 1 killer of American women – and stroke account for 28.6 percent of all female deaths in Massachusetts, which makes prevention, early detection and prompt treatment key.

02/01/2013: The economics of cardiovascular disease

Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, addresses rising costs in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for Americans.

02/01/2013: Sweet season for giving

The MGH Blood Donor Center will host its third annual cupcake tasting event this month for all presenting blood donors.

02/01/2013: Lurie Center for Autism receives $10 million in gifts

The Lurie Center for Autism receives two gifts of $5 million to support research and operations.

02/01/2013: Division of General Pediatrics welcomes new chief

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will welcome Elsie Taveras, MD, as the new chief of the Division of General Pediatrics on April 1.

02/01/2013: NFL Players Association teams with HMS

Harvard Medical School (HMS) has received a $100 million grant from the National Football League Players Association to fund a 10-year study aimed at diagnosing, treating and preventing players’ injuries and illnesses.

02/01/2013: In General Awards: Feb. 1, 2013

In General Awards: Feb. 1, 2013

02/01/2013: MGHers team up to support annual science fair

MGHers team up with James P. Timilty Middle School students for annual science fair program.

02/01/2013: What's Happening: Feb. 1, 2013

What's Happening: Feb. 1, 2013

02/01/2013: Can we detect cancer earlier?

Researchers affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology have developed a simple, noninvasive way to detect early cancer by using new technology to look at a component in the blood.

02/01/2013: Survey examines primary care perspectives on radiology reporting

According to a study conducted by Mass General Imaging researchers, primary care physicians prefer to deliver the results of radiology exams to patients.

01/31/2013: Transition in cell type parallels treatment response, disease progression in breast cancer

A process that normally occurs in developing embryos – the changing of one basic cell type into another – has also been suspected of playing a role in cancer metastasis. Now a study from MGH Cancer Center researchers has associated this process, called epithelial-mesenchymal transition, with disease progression and treatment response in breast cancer patients.

01/30/2013: OMS Winter Newsletter Now Online

Read the latest news for Dept of OMS faculty, residents and fellows

01/29/2013: Physicians' brain scans indicate that doctors can feel their patients' pain – and their pain relief

In a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients’ pain – and can also experience their relief following treatment.

01/29/2013: Mass. General study clarifies antidepressant contribution to arrhythmia risk

An analysis of the medical records of more than 38,000 patients by MGH investigators clarifies the contribution of citalopram and other antidepressants to lengthening of the QT interval, an aspect of the heart's electrical activity that – when prolonged – may increase the risk of dangerous arrhythmias.

01/28/2013: New guidelines issued for clinical use of amyloid PET imaging

A panel of experts convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging have issued new guidelines on the use of amyloid PET imaging in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease.

01/25/2013: Challenging Asperger's at Camp

Aspire tailors its therapeutic Summer Camp program for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum Disorders.

01/25/2013: Armstrong to lead Department of Medicine

Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE, a world-renowned investigator in the areas of medical decision-making, quality of care and cancer prevention and outcomes, has been selected as the MGH’s next physician-in-chief of the MGH Department of Medicine.

01/25/2013: Center for Celiac Research joins MGHfC

After nearly two decades of providing clinical care for patients and conducting innovative research on celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders, the Center for Celiac Research has relocated from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC), as part of the MGHfC’s newly renamed Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center.

01/25/2013: Q&A: The MGH and Magnet

Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nurse, provides an overview of the prestigious program Magnet Recognition program.

01/25/2013: Lessons learned through pages turned

When it came time for Bryn Seltzer, 13, of Needham, to choose her bat mitzvah project, she knew she wanted to give back to the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which had cared for her since she was 6 years old.

01/25/2013: Pill-sized device provides rapid screening results

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the MGH have developed an imaging system enclosed in a capsule about the size of a multivitamin pill that creates detailed, microscopic images of the esophageal wall.

01/25/2013: Patient Safety Star nominations sought

In honor of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3 through 9, the MGH will sponsor its fourth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation breakfast on March 6.

01/25/2013: The changing shape of MGH

“The Morphing of MGH: Architecture Reflects Changing Patterns of Care” lecture at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation included a visual history of the plans and strategies for developing the MGH main campus over the past two centuries.

01/25/2013: What's Happening: Jan. 25, 2013

What's Happening: Jan. 25, 2013

01/24/2013: Center for Celiac Research Joins MassGeneral Hospital for Children

The Center for Celiac Research, under the leadership of Alessio Fasano, MD, has moved from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in Boston.

01/24/2013: Neuroinflammation may be behind general-anesthesia-associated learning disabilities

Two studies in mice suggest that several factors may combine to induce impairments in learning and memory, accompanied by the inflammation of brain tissue, in young mammals receiving general anesthesia and that the offspring of animals that received general anesthesia during pregnancy may show the same effects.

01/24/2013: Center for Celiac Research Joins MassGeneral Hospital for Children

The Center for Celiac Research, under the leadership of Alessio Fasano, MD, has moved from Baltimore to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in Boston.

01/23/2013: New imaging method facilitates research into cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases

Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MGH have developed a new imaging method that promises to provide fast, accurate images of the human airway to enhance research into new treatments and medications for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

01/23/2013: Students Learn How to Relax

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital is helping high school students manage their stress by teaching them relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and chair yoga. The institute’s Education Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Community Health Improvement, offers relaxation training to students from the MGH Bicentennial Scholars program. Many will be the first in their families to go to college.

01/23/2013: Mass General Cancer Center Priorities Fund Advances Research that Will Help Patients

Mass General’s goal is to encourage and support research and programs that will make a difference in lives of patients.

01/23/2013: Dr. Fasano: Gluten Sensitivity Biomarker Likely Coming Soon

Prominent celiac disease and gluten sensitivity researcher Dr. Alessio Fasano says he's "confident" that a clinical trial now underway will pinpoint a biological marker, or biomarker, for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and that discovery should pave the way for the development of diagnostic tests for the condition.

01/19/2013: 4th Annual Sacral Tumor Study Group Conference

The 4th Annual Sacral Tumor Study Group Conference, a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, took place on January 19, 2013.

01/18/2013: Mass General Helps Patient Manage Chronic Pain

Marijean Lauzier wakes up each day to pain at the base of her spine. She is finding relief in dealing with her chronic condition through the guidance of Padma Gulur, MBBS, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Pain Medicine. The compassion and care that Dr. Gulur has shown led Marijean, in 2012, to nominate Dr. Gulur for the one hundred, an annual fundraiser of the Mass General Cancer Center.

01/18/2013: Concert raises funds for children with disfiguring birthmarks

Nearly $15,000 was raised during the third annual Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center Benefit Concert, hosted by the MGH Department of Dermatology and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and held at the Goethe Institut Boston.

01/18/2013: Sharing the magic of Disney

Former patient and Disney enthusiast donates collectibles to MGHfC.

01/18/2013: At a glance: Flu season at the MGH

Like many hospitals across the nation, the MGH has been seeing many influenza (flu) cases and patients with flu-like symptoms.

01/18/2013: A look back: MGH and the flu

While the 2012-13 flu season has been an intense one so far, it is by no means the worst in the lengthy history of the MGH.

01/18/2013: Overdose leading cause of death for Boston’s homeless

Drug overdose was the leading cause of death among homeless adults in Boston from 2003 to 2008 and accounted for one-third of deaths among those ages 25 to 44.

01/18/2013: Honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) and the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office hosts annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute.

01/18/2013: Winterfest wows with a memorable afternoon

More than 150 children and their families turned out to the annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center Jan. 13 at the Liberty Hotel.

01/18/2013: Staff notice: Magnet Recognition Program site visit

Staff notice: Magnet Recognition Program site visit

01/17/2013: Upping the Odds of Stroke Recovery

Emergency room doctors face a quandary when a patient rolls in with a stroke: is it due to a clot blocking the brain’s blood supply (ischemic) or to a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic)?

01/16/2013: Feeling Sad & Lethargic? Deciphering the “Winter Blues”

Michael Henry, MD, assistant psychiatrist in the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, discusses seasonal affective disorder.

01/15/2013: Advanced Airway Procedures for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Associated With Poorer Neurological Outcomes

In patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation with advanced airway management was a significant predictor of poor neurological outcome compared with conventional bag-valve-mask ventilation.

01/15/2013: Doctors Finding it Easier to Diagnose Down Syndrome

Interview with Dr. Brian Skotko, co-director of the Mass General Down Syndrome Program on FOX25 News.

01/14/2013: Generic HIV treatment strategy could save nearly $1 billion annually but may be less effective

Replacing the combination of brand-name, antiretroviral drugs currently recommended for control of HIV infection with soon-to-be-available generic medications could save the U.S. health care system almost $1 billion a year but may diminish the effectiveness of HIV treatment.

01/14/2013: Drug overdose now the leading cause of death among homeless adults in Boston

Investigators from MGH and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program compared rates and causes of death among those served by BHCHP between 2003 to 2008 with data from a 1997 study and found that, while drug overdose had replaced HIV as the leading cause of death, overall mortality rates had not changed.

01/14/2013: Impaired coordination of brain activity in autism involves local, as well as long-range, signaling

A new study finds that local functional connectivity of the brain – the extent to which activity within a small brain region appears to be coordinated – is reduced in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It had been believed that local connectivity was increased in the brains of autistic individuals while long-range connectivity was reduced.

01/14/2013: Blood Donor Center Moving On Up

In March, the Mass General Blood Donor Center will temporarily move from the Gray lobby to the 12th floor of the White building. The move will facilitate the renovation of the existing donor center, which will include a modern redesign with a more open floor plan.

01/13/2013: Pill-sized device provides rapid, detailed imaging of esophageal lining

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed an imaging system enclosed in a capsule about the size of a multivitamin pill that creates detailed, microscopic images of the esophageal wall.

01/11/2013: New home for Saint Gauden art

The Augustus Saint Gauden portrait bas-relief, which called the Warren Library home for more than 80 years, was moved from the former library space in late December for cleaning.

01/11/2013: Brink named new chief of Radiology

James A. Brink, MD, has been named the new chief of the MGH Department of Radiology.

01/11/2013: Intense flu season at the MGH

At the MGH, there has been a considerable increase in the number of flu cases in the past several weeks, with health centers, outpatient practices and the Emergency Department reporting seeing an additional 40 to 80 patients a day with flu-like illness.

01/11/2013: Three months after surgery, patient has new lease on life

The MGH was the first hospital in New England to offer a new procedure in which a flexible bracelet of magnetic titanium beads is laparoscopically implanted around the esophagus to help treat GERD.

01/11/2013: In memoriam: Zareh Demirjian, MD

Zareh Demirjian, MD, a longtime MGH physician known for his kind and caring demeanor and his dedication to his patients and colleagues, died Dec. 24 at the age of 76.

01/11/2013: Surprise visit

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz visits MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

01/11/2013: Weathering the winter at the MGH

Preparing for winter weather – and other weather-related events – is essential at the MGH. Tom Herrmann, administrative manager of MGH Emergency Preparedness, offers tips on how MGHers can best be prepared and stay productive.

01/11/2013: What's Happening: Jan. 11, 2013

What's Happening: Jan. 11, 2013

01/11/2013: Guidance on Probiotics

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research, provides guidance on the use of probiotics in the treatment of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder at autismspeaks.org.

01/11/2013: Boosting circulation with compression stockings.

Sherry, Scovell, MD, vascular surgeon and instructor at Harvard Medical School, explains when and why compression stockings are used to boost circulation.

01/07/2013: Many physicians often fulfill patient requests for brand-name drugs instead of equivalent generics

More than a third of U.S. physicians responding to a national survey indicated they often or sometimes prescribed brand-name drugs when appropriate generic substitutes were available simply because patients requested the brand-name drug. Respondents who had marketing relationships with industry were more likely to fulfill such requests.

01/07/2013: Looming Malpractice

The length of time it takes to resolve a malpractice claim places stress on patients, physicians and the legal system. The time spent with open claims may be even more distressing for physicians than the financial costs of the claims.

01/07/2013: Red Sox Foundation recognizes Operation Airway

On September 21, the Red Sox foundation recognized Operation Airway with a $5,000 check as part of the “100 Acts of Kindness” campaign in honor of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.

01/07/2013: Interview with Dr. Alessio Fasano on the Center for Celiac Research — Past & Future

Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research, speaks with Jules Shepard on The Gluten Free Voice Radio Show to discuss the Center’s future and the move to MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

01/03/2013: Biogen Announces It Will Discontinue Development of Dexpramipexole Based on Phase 3 Trial Results

Biogen Idec has announced that the EMPOWER trial has failed to demonstrate efficacy in primary and secondary endpoints.

01/01/2013: Big Data’s Powerful Promise

Mass General researchers believe computational biology will lead to more accurate diagnosis of a broad range of conditions and improved personalized treatments.

01/01/2013: Big Data’s Powerful Promise

Mass General researchers believe computational biology will lead to more accurate diagnosis of a broad range of conditions and improved personalized treatments.

12/28/2012: Hotline: 2012 Year in Review

Hotline: 2012 Year in Review

12/28/2012: Doctor Discusses How to Prevent Kidney Stones

Is there any hope in preventing kidney stones? Dianne Sacco, MD, sheds some light on the condition and offers prevention tips. One of them for the New Year is staying and/or getting into good physical shape.

12/26/2012: Research Shows Violent Media Do Not Cause Violent Behavior

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.

12/24/2012: Integrated Care for Better Outcomes: The Multidisciplinary Resynchronization Therapy Program

New research from the CRT Program within the Institute for Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Care at Massachusetts General Hospital shows that providing multidisciplinary integrated CRT care improves patient outcomes.

12/24/2012: Multisystem Studies Speed Understanding of Innate Immunity

Recent work at the MassGeneral for Hospital Children’s Developmental Immunology Program reveals potential therapeutic targets for staph-related infections, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and atherosclerosis.

12/24/2012: Innovations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center, including clinical trials of new biologic medications, as well new minimally invasive surgical techniques, is helping expand treatment and management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

12/24/2012: Improved Understanding and Management of Pancreatic Cancer

Efforts at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center are underway to address the need for more effective treatment approaches for locally advanced and metastatic disease.

12/21/2012: Bruins score with annual toy delivery

Boston Bruins alumni visit pediatric patients at MGHfC.

12/21/2012: Happy Chanukah

On the fourth night of Chanukah, Dec. 11, 25 people gathered in the Thier Conference Room for a traditional ceremony, blessings and food at the MGH’s first community Chanukah celebration.

12/21/2012: The gift of giving

MGH Blood Donor Center celebrates the holiday season.

12/21/2012: Harmonious hallway

MGH Chaplaincy hosts annual Songfest event.

12/21/2012: Holiday home run

The Boston Red Sox Holiday Caravan visits MGHfC.

12/21/2012: Making memories with Mickey

Mickey Mouse visits MGHfC patients.

12/21/2012: Santa, elves and penguins too!

The Department of Orthopædic Surgery Oncology Service arranged a special holiday visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their penguin friends to pediatric patients.

12/21/2012: Toys, toys, toys

MGH departments host annual Toys for Tots competition.

12/21/2012: A most unusual patient

MGHers with a view of the helipad may be surprised on Christmas Eve if they catch a glimpse of an extremely unusual patient with an extremely unusual mode of transportation – aboard a magical sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer.

12/21/2012: Celebrating the season

MGH staff gathered together to celebrate the season with musical medleys and plates of tasty goodies during this year’s annual Holiday Receptions, hosted by President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

12/20/2012: Helping Families During Medical Crises

When a family is hit with a medical crisis, it often feels as though the world is turned upside down. It is during these challenging times that friends and other family members’ support becomes invaluable.

12/18/2012: Immediate Health Risk Must Be Weighed Against Radiation-Induced Cancer Risk

The lifetime risks of cancer from medical radiation may be overemphasized relative to more immediate health risks, according to a new study.

12/17/2012: Genetic manipulation of urate alters neurodegeneration in mouse model of Parkinson's disease

A study by MGH researchers adds further support to the possibility that increasing levels of urate may protect against Parkinson's disease. The investigators report that mice with a genetic mutation increasing urate levels were protected against Parkinson's-like neurodegeneration, while the damage was worse in animals with abnormally low urate.

12/17/2012: No Connection Between School Shooting and Asperger's Syndrome

In a blog post shared here, D. Scott McLeod, PhD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children psychologist and executive director of Aspire Program, says persons with ASD are no more likely to commit a violent act than persons not on the autism spectrum.

12/14/2012: Research of Brian Cummings, MD

Dr. Cumming's research has found no significant cardiovascular side effects in continuous sedation of dexmedetomidine without a loading dose in critically ill children for infusions up to 24 hours.

12/14/2012: Research of Cassandra Michelle Kelleher, MD

Dr. Kelleher's laboratory has created a mouse lung culture model to study how alveoli form and is using the model to identify therapies that may help newborns with lung diseases.

12/14/2012: Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants

Premature birth remains one of the most challenging problems in pediatrics. The implementation of sophisticated technologies and neonatal specific interventions have contributed to an increase in survival among very low-birth-weight-infants from 15% to 75% over the past decade. However, with these gains in survival, morbidity related to immaturity of gastrointestinal function has increased significantly. Infants who previously would have succumbed to complications associated with prematurity and low birth weight are surviving, but often with impaired growth and neurodevelopment as a result of gastrointestinal complications such as necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

12/14/2012: Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Investigation at Harvard Medical School

Physician-scientists are able to see the full picture: With firsthand exposure to patients, they understand the human side of disease. And with skilled laboratory training, they have the necessary tools to develop therapies to manage disease.

12/14/2012: Reaction from the winner of the Pilot Feasibility Award, 2011

Jamie Micco, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry, received the Research Pilot and Feasibility Award from the Research Council in July, 2011, and used it to support a study of the development of cognitive biases in young children (ages 4-7) of parents with a history of anxiety disorders.

12/14/2012: Reaction from a winner of the Clinical Effectiveness Award 2012

Peter P. Moschovis, MD, MPH, a research fellow in pulmonary critical care at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, won the 2012 Clinical Effectiveness Award from the Research Council.

12/14/2012: ARCH helps seniors find answers to health questions

The Chelsea Senior Center are pleased to now have six new computers and a dedicated website from ARCH (Access to Resources for Community Health) to access vetted health information.

12/14/2012: 12:12 on 12-12-12

Noelle Joy Klinker knows how to make an entrance – she was welcomed into the world at 12:12 pm on 12-12-12, a moment that comes along just once every 100 years.

12/14/2012: Patient education offers comic relief

The MGH Diabetes Education Program incorporates comics into patient education information.

12/14/2012: Johnson to retire after 40 years as health reporter

Former MGH physician Timothy Johnson, MD, one of this country’s most respected sources of medical news, will retire from WCVB-TV Channel 5 at the end of the year after four decades of informing New England viewers about breaking health news and the latest medical advances.

12/14/2012: Leffert lecture addresses aging population

The second annual Robert Leffert, MD, Palliative Care Memorial Lecture took place Nov. 27 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium, featuring Christine Ritchie, MD, Harris Fishbon Distinguished Professor for Clinical and Translational Research in Aging in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco.

12/14/2012: In memoriam: Steve Beauville

Steve Beauville will be remembered for being kind, funny, smart and charming – but his friends and colleagues say above all, it will be his infectious smile and the love he shared with them that they will miss the most.

12/14/2012: Beating the winter blues

Michael Henry, MD, medical director of the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, discusses holiday blues and the signs and symptoms of depression as well as coping mechanisms.

12/14/2012: In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 14, 2012

In General Awards and Honors: Dec. 14, 2012

12/14/2012: How Can Parents Help Children After a National Tragedy?

Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.

12/13/2012: Intestinal immune cells play an unexpected role in immune surveillance of the bloodstream

A type of immune cell found in the small intestine plays a previously unsuspected role in monitoring antigens circulating in the bloodstream. Disruption of the newly discovered regulatory system may lead to the development of autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease or food allergies.

12/12/2012: Innovative surgery for migraines

Dr. Jay Austen, Jr, Mass General’s chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery, uses plastic surgery techniques to decompress nerves that trigger debilitating migraines.

12/10/2012: Educational video helps terminal cancer patients decide whether to receive CPR

Patients with terminal cancer who viewed a brief video demonstrating cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were less likely than patients who only listened to a verbal description of the procedure to indicate a preference for receiving CPR in the event of an in-hospital cardiac arrest.

12/10/2012: Comfort and Support after Loss Memorial Service

The 21st annual Pediatric, Neonatal and Obstetric Memorial Service was held at Mass General Hospital for Children on November 4. The service is dedicated to MGH families who have experienced the death of a child, from infancy through adolescence, including miscarriage or stillbirth.

12/10/2012: Compassionate Care for Cancer: Why We Need It

This essay, written by a patient of the Benson-Henry Institute, discusses the healing power of compassion.

12/07/2012: Tips for Travel

Traveling with children who have food allergies can be challenging, but with a little preparation, you don’t need to stay home.

12/07/2012: Food Allergy Center Research Provides Hope for Future Treatment of Food Allergies

The Food Allergy Center strives to answer why some people react to certain foods. Research provides hope for future treatment of patients with food allergies.

12/07/2012: A Nurse Who Wears Many Hats

As both a pediatric allergy and pulmonary nurse and mother of children with food allergies, Lisa provides an insight into the emerging food allergy developments.

12/07/2012: Holiday happenings at the MGH

The MGH will host a number of fun and festive holiday celebrations for staff, visitors and families in the coming weeks.

12/07/2012: MGHfC programs offer support for staff, patients and families

MGHfC hosts Tea and Empathy program and Pediatric, Neonatal and Obstetric Memorial Service.

12/07/2012: Exceptional MGH nurses honored

Kathya Gavazzi and Paula Nelson, RN, of the Labor and Delivery Unit, were honored by the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter as finalists for its annual Nurse of the Year Awards, during a ceremony at the VERVE Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick.

12/07/2012: Partnership proves successful for MGH clinicians

For years they have been on the same page – working to advance the clinical role of certified nurse-midwives in the state and improve access to care for reproductive-aged women. Earlier this year, they stood on the same stage as MGH midwife Angela Ferrari, CNM, MS, presented the inaugural American College of Nurse-Midwives Midwifery Partnership Award to Erin Tracy, MD, MPH, of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Department.

12/07/2012: Enhancing the patient and family experience

Local artist donates prints to the MGH Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) waiting room.

12/07/2012: Transforming primary care

Primary Care practices throughout Partners HealthCare continue to embrace the process of practice redesign to achieve the patient-centered medical home model of care.

12/07/2012: What's Happening: Dec. 7, 2012

What's Happening: Dec. 7, 2012

12/06/2012: Protein controlling glucose metabolism also a tumor suppressor

A protein known to regulate how cells process glucose also appears to be a tumor suppressor, adding to the potential that therapies directed at cellular metabolism may help suppress tumor growth.

12/06/2012: Combining two genome analysis approaches supports immune system contribution to autism

Researchers using novel approaches and methodologies of identifying genes that contribute to the development of autism have found evidence that disturbances in several immune-system-related pathways contribute to development of autism spectrum disorders.

12/06/2012: Breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug gives hope, transforms lives

Praised by experts as a breakthrough for patients with a particular form of cystic fibrosis, ivacaftor was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2012 and is the first of its kind to treat the underlying defects of the disease, rather than manage its symptoms.

12/06/2012: New Procedure Treats Atrial Fibrillation Without Blood Thinners

Ed Cleary came to Massachusetts General Hospital in June 2012 to get his AFib treated. He had tried taking a blood thinner to help manage his AFib, but bled too much. Fortunately, he qualified for a new procedure now being used for the first time in New England by Mass General Hospital.

12/06/2012: Celebrating the Arts in Pediatric Oncology

Nearly twenty patients and their families gathered November 12 for a night of crafts, music and art awards hosted by the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

12/05/2012: Women and men appear to benefit in different ways from AA participation

A new study finds differences in how participation in Alcoholics Anonymous helps men and women maintain sobriety. For men, avoiding companions and situations that encourage drinking had more powerful effects, while increased confidence in the ability to avoid drinking in response to feelings of sadness or depression was more important for women.

12/05/2012: ARCH CELEBRATES 12 YEARS OF HELPING RESIDENTS FIND THE ANSWERS TO THEIR HEALTH QUESTIONS

Health information is easy to obtain if you have a computer with an internet connection AND you have someone to help you sift through numerous links and the annoying ads.

12/03/2012: Digital 3-D mammograms show promise

Device companies race to improve breast cancer screening, but the effectiveness of new methods is still being studied.

12/03/2012: Plastic surgery techniques bring migraine relief

W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses how a plastic surgery procedure done at Mass General provides treatment for migraines.

11/30/2012: Bonner Award honors local psychologist

The MGH Department of Psychiatry Diversity Center presented the second annual Frances J. Bonner, MD, Award to Margarita Alegría, PhD, director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a renowned psychologist whose work focuses on the improvement of delivery of mental health care services for diverse racial and ethnic populations.

11/30/2012: The Fatherhood Project introduces fathering skills programs

Since its inception in 2010, The Fatherhood Project has continued to grow and expand its programs aimed at helping men become better fathers, become emotionally engaged in a positive manner and learn skills their own fathers may not have had.

11/30/2012: Grateful patients donate $2 million for endowed chair

The MGH celebrated the creation of the John R. Gallagher III and Katherine A. Gallagher Endowed Chair in Gastrointestinal Cancer Research.

11/30/2012: Office for Research Career Development launches Graduate Student Division

To help graduate students while at the hospital, prepare them for career options after graduate school, and provide programs, services and resources designed to enhance their MGH experience, the Office for Research Career Development – part of the Center for Faculty Development – has created the new Graduate Student Division.

11/30/2012: Against the odds

Established in 2008, the Warshaw Institute – named after Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, MGH surgeon-in-chief emeritus and founder of the Pancreatic Biology Lab – is a collaboration of scientists and clinicians whose mission is to extend and improve the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer through the development of innovative diagnostic and treatment options.

11/30/2012: MGH hosts America Recycles Day

In recognition of the annual America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, members of the MGH REAL (Raising Environmental Awareness League) team hosted an information table in the Main Lobby to educate staff, visitors and patients about recycling efforts and new methods for promoting a greener environment both in the workplace and at home.

11/30/2012: New program addresses complexity of older patients

Tne new MGH Senior Health Geriatric Consultation Program, is led by Katherine Hesse, MD, MSW, a physician in the Geriatric Medicine Unit, offers 90-minute consultations for patients ages 65 years and older experiencing either a new or existing health problem.

11/30/2012: In General: Ann Webster, PhD

In General: Ann Webster, PhD

11/30/2012: The MGH Swap Shop

Last spring the MGH launched a Swap Shop as a way to enhance recycling collaboration between its many departments.

11/30/2012: Interview: Dr. Brian Skotko

New numbers show about 4,700 babies are born each year with Down Syndrome. That's down according to Down Syndrome Education USA.

11/29/2012: Enzyme inhibition protects against Huntington's disease damage in two animal models

Treatment with a novel agent that inhibits the activity of SIRT2, an enzyme that regulates many important cellular functions, reduced neurological damage, slowed the loss of motor function and extended survival in two animal models of Huntington's disease.

11/29/2012: Defining career paths in health systems improvement

Training the next generation of experts dedicated to improving the quality of the U.S. health care system will require a new framework for career development, according to three physicians writing in the January 2013 issue of Academic Medicine.

11/29/2012: Taking a Deep Breath: Avoiding Holiday Stress

Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on managing holiday stress.

11/28/2012: Men with Belly Fat at Risk for Osteoporosis

Visceral, or deep belly, obesity is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

11/26/2012: Newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians

A study by MGH researchers finds that many of the primary care physicians likely to be asked to care for patients newly insured under the Affordable Care Act may be not be accepting new patients. Strategies designed to increase and support these "safety-net" physicians could help ensure that newly covered patients have access to primary care.

11/26/2012: Dr. Ann Webster Honored at the Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology

Ann Webster has been honored at the Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology's annual Gala in New York City. Her work in the field of mental health has earned her the honor of being recognized as a Distinguished Alum.

11/21/2012: Business Owners Ready For All-Out Ban On Trans Fat In Chelsea

Wafting through the streets below the towering Tobin Bridge is the sweet smell of Mario’s Bakery, where the turnovers and classic Colombian pandebono are not quite as delicious as the irony of a man armed with a pastry bag fighting a war on heart disease.

11/20/2012: Novel Breast Screening Technology Increases Diagnostic Accuracy

The addition of three-dimensional breast imaging—a technology called tomosynthesis—to standard digital mammography significantly increases radiologists' diagnostic accuracy while reducing false positive recall rates, according to the results of a multi-center study.

11/19/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Launches Online National Emergency Room Locator

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) announced the launch of EDMaps.org, a national emergency room locator which provides the most accurate and up-to-date information on emergency departments in the United States.

11/19/2012: New 3D Technology Improves Breast Screening Accuracy

Mammograms have been the gold standard for detecting breast cancer for more than 20 years, but a new technology promises better detection and fewer false-positive results.

11/19/2012: MGH physician offers tips on avoiding deep vein thrombosis

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of DVT as well as helpful hints on how to lessen the risk of developing this common but serious vascular condition.

11/16/2012: Blood Donor Center honors top employee donors

MGH Blood Donor Center honors employees for donating at least four times during the past year at the 2012 Employee Blood Donor Recognition Breakfast on Nov. 6.

11/16/2012: Celebrating a festival of lights

Employees of all faiths and beliefs gathered to enjoy the Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

11/16/2012: MGH emergency responders return from deployment

Six MGH staff members who deployed Oct. 30 to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York as part of the Massachusetts (MA-1) Disaster Medical Assistance Team returned home Nov. 11.

11/16/2012: Early data points to success of Innovation Units

More than six months after the launch of the Innovation Units – 12 inpatient units serving as testing grounds for strategies to improve patient outcomes, enhance patient, family and staff satisfaction, and reduce costs and length of stay – enough data are now available to start evaluating the success of the interventions tested.

11/16/2012: McGovern Award nominations

Nominations for the Brian A. McGovern, MD Award for Clinical Excellence are due Dec. 1.

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