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Research Roundup is a monthly recap of the latest research news from the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute, written in an accessible way for scientists and non-scientists alike.
Video visits show promise as an alternative to some in-office doctor's appointments and happiness exercises can help foster optimism in individuals in recovery from substance abuse disorders.
Questionnaire seeks to start more conversations an uncomfortable topic in menopause, identifying functional milestones in individuals with Down syndrome and a link between brain enzyme levels and schizophrenia.
Study looks at how birth dates and school grade cutoff dates may contribute to ADHD diagnosis, helping women who are breast feeding to quit smoking and a new technique for imaging the brain.
Study shows that the cognitive performance of teens and adolescents who regularly use cannabis can be improved after 30 days without using the drug; plus researchers characterize the three different roles of microglia in the brain.
A new strategy for reducing the dose needed to sedate patients for surgery, imaging study shows link between brain inflammation and fibromyalgia, and a better way to assess the effectiveness of muscular dystrophy treatments.
A newly discovered cell type may play a key role in cystic fibrosis, genomic study reveals new risk factors for a heart attack, and investigating the connection between anxiety and Alzheimer's disease.
Learn about genetic insights into our food choices, a new diagnostic device for lymphoma and much more.
Researchers are identifying the genetic roots of cholera, studying the impact of sleep on heart health in teens, and much more.
A closer look at how researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are devising new ways to diagnose monitor and treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Research finds how daily exercise helps to increase the production of new heart muscle cells. Plus, a study identifies risk factors for overdose in youths who have substance use disorders.
A new study questions the data used to determine the ideal age to start breast cancer screening in women of African-American, Hispanic and other ethnic minorities, plus new research examines how well the DECIDE intervention is working to give patients from ethnic and cultural minorities a bigger role in decisions about their behavioral health care.
Cardiology researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified a role of macrophages in a condition called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, plus genetic clues reveal a key contributor to the process behind aortic aneurysm.
Researchers uncover gender differences for risk of developing heart disease. Plus, could strenuous exercise be bad for your heart?
Researchers investigate how thyroid levels affect a woman's fertility, what age is best to screen for HIV, and how patients with malignant brain tumors utilize hospice services.
Researchers harness the power of artificial intelligence to develop a new screening method for high risk breast lesions. Plus, a team from the Mass General Cancer Center provides data to show how a diagnostic tool can identify early signs of cancer treatment resistance.
Investigators have developed a new food allergen detector small enough to fit on a keychain, and a team from Mass General and MIT has devised a new system for measuring sleep that is wireless, portable and powered by artificial intelligence.
Could laws restricting use of off-road-vehicles by young drivers have an impact on injury rates? Plus, researchers study how the brains of patients with fibromyalgia process pain.
A new system for predicting the onset of migraine headaches shows promising results, and preliminary study suggests an association between exposure to chemicals used to make many common flame retardant products and poorer pregnancy outcomes.
Researchers find a new link between loss of appetite and loss of smell in patients with chronic kidney disease. Plus, a potentially dangerous pregnancy condition leads to significant health and cost burdens for mothers and their babies.
Nanoparticles could point the way to more effective cancer treatments, plus researchers investigate why individuals with autism often avoid eye contact.
New research suggests that a diet recognized for its ability to reduce risk for hypertension may also prevent gout, plus researchers detect "silent" seizures in Alzheimer's patients.
A new study finds adolescents born with HIV who stick to their treatment and properly manage their condition will experience better health outcomes. Plus, 'human knockouts' could help identify new drug targets that may benefit everyone.
A new study finds aspirin use is associated with a lower risk of dying from various types of cancers, plus a new smartphone device screens for male infertility.
A new substudy will use a Smartphone app to monitor the symptoms of individuals with Parkinson's disease, plus acupuncture treatment provides measurable pain relief for carpal tunnel syndrome.
New study suggests a genetic link between body shape and risk of developing Type 1 diabetes and coronary heart disease; plus a new strategy for assessing individuals with Down syndrome for risk of sleep apnea.
A history of kidney disease is linked to pregnancy complications, even if expectant mothers test normal for kidney function; study provides new hope for long-term recovery for eating disorders; study reveals genetic underpinnings of sleep disorders.
Study suggests a reason why aspartame does not promote weight loss, fMRI celebrates its 25th anniversary, surprising study finds that gluten-free diet does not always remedy intestinal damage from celiac disease.
New heart study suggests that DNA is not destiny when it comes to inherited heart attack risk; new test that combines scent recognition and recall could help to identify early-stage Alzheimer's disease
A new, more accurate method for testing blood sugar in diabetes patients; insights into asthma and the promising results of an early mobilization study in surgery patients.
Study finds new genetic clues for hereditary high blood pressure; exploring ways to promote new memory formation as we age; more evidence that brain-boosting activities help to delay cognitive decline.
A new research study identifies 15 genetic markers for major depression in people of European descent, a diet of certain meat-based proteins may spell trouble for individuals with unhealthy lifestyles, and underweight elders may be more susceptible to Alzheimer's disease.
Study finds that an overloaded brain can prevent you from enjoying life and using your creativity; researchers to test a heart resynchronization device of last resort; study identifies a critical need to improve treatment for gout.
Researchers have identified the mechanism behind inflammation that takes place after a heart attack; study encouraging adolescents to use the built environment for exercise shows an increase in daily activity; mathematical model determines that the United Nation's plan for HIV treatment would be costly but effective.
A new imaging tool may help to test treatments for ALS patients; ketamine injections shown to reduce suicidal thoughts in depressive patients; study of infant gut microbia seems to confirm the so-called "hygiene hypothesis," plus more.
Researchers have been able to use functional MRI technology to map the changes that occur in the brain when the mind wanders; study finds that the brains of marijuana users process social rejection differently; functional heart tissue grown on donated human heart scaffolds, plus more.
A new study finds that heart failure patients who underwent weight loss surgery to treat morbid obesity had a significant reduction in their risk for heart failure exacerbation in the two years after surgery; researchers find that targeting the body's natural opioid producers may help with treatment-resistant depression, plus more.
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