New & Noteworthy

A heart murmur - an extra or unusual sound between heartbeats - is common in healthy children and is often benign. Children with unusually rapid heartbeats may suffer from a heart abnormality and...
If there’s a common theme among the many breakthroughs in breast cancer surgery, it’s less and fewer . Thanks to advances such as the ones below, woman can have surgical treatment with fewer side...
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.
Research laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital are in the midst of a revolution and computational biology is the catalyst.
In laboratory studies, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found that stem cells from a patient’s own fat may have the potential to deliver new treatments directly into the brain after the...
Chalk it up to the circle of life. That’s what brought Matt Anthony, president of Head for the Cure Foundation and MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors member, and Mark Gilbert, M.D., deputy...
Reisa Sperling, MD, is using neuroimaging to ask whether anti-amyloid antibody treatment can reverse Alzheimer’s disease pathology before memory loss sets in. “We are going beyond looking for...
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)...
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.
Thomas Clemens, director of research in Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is using genome sequencing to unlock the secrets of bone degeneration with the aim of finding drugs that can...
It’s tough to hit a fast-moving target — especially if it’s microscopic and lodged deep in a person’s densely packed and highly sensitive brain. Yet that is the challenge doctors face in treating the...
Dietary therapy is prescribed most often for patients with refractory epilepsy, whose seizures have not been controlled despite trying multiple antiepileptic drugs.
For George Velmahos, MD, Mass General’s chief of Trauma Surgery, caring for victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings underscored the importance of the research he has pursued for years. Dr...
Allergies coming on? Pain got you down? Before taking any medication to remedy the situation, always read the label, follow directions and consider the side effects. Discuss all medication and...
One of the most devastating side effects of diabetes is kidney failure, and one of the earliest signs of kidney damage is a disruption of the organ's filtering capacity. Diabetes patients who develop...
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-...
The field of cardiac catheterization has benefited significantly from the advent of two technologies that create 3-D images. The techniques — rotational angiography and the fusion of X-ray and MRI/...
A strategy developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-based investigators to increase levels of beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) has been shown for the first time to be effective in...
With extensive rehabilitation, a new, cutting-edge bionic arm offers patients unprecedented possibilities.
Have breast implants? Or thinking of getting implants? You may be worried they’ll make it hard for your doctor to detect and treat breast cancer. No need for concern, says Therese Bevers, M.D.,...
If your child comes down with a sore throat that is accompanied by a fever and no other cold or flu symptoms, the chances are higher your child has contracted strep throat, the common name for an...
Could taking a run or going for a swim be an effective alternative to drug therapy in treating depression? In one recent experiment, Madhukar H. Trivedi, professor of psychiatry and director of the...
A phase I clinical trial has confirmed that use of a generic vaccine to raise levels of an immune system modulator can cause the death of autoimmune cells targeting the insulin-secreting cells of the...
Human corneal endothelial cells (HCEnCs) form a monolayer of hexagonal cells whose main function is to maintain corneal clarity by regulating corneal hydration. Cell loss due to aging or corneal...
Mark Albers, MD, PhD, is developing a set of simple but powerful tools that examine the cognitive processing of odors to screen for the very earliest stages of preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease. “...
Forget documents, spreadsheets, and photographs. The 3-D printer at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute can print a model of a human heart . “You can think of it a lot like an inkjet printer...
October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This is a health concern that I feel particularly passionate about because it hits close to home. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast...
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...
With the vast array of testing now available, genetic counselors are key to helping us navigate our genetic futures.
As the nation’s healthcare system strains to manage a sour economy and an aging population, large academic medical centers like Massachusetts General Hospital are on the hot seat to cut costs. In the...

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