New & Noteworthy

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...
David Cournoyeris actually happy he is gaining weight. The 57-year-old North Attleboro, Mass., resident sees it as a benchmark of success after undergoing a per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), a new...
When newly diagnosed cancer patients are prescribed chemotherapy, they are understandably apprehensive. The word "chemotherapy" evokes images of very ill people suffering through their cancer...
People are increasingly looking for herbal and natural remedies to treat depression. Among some of the more popular and better studied natural remedies are St John’s Wort (SJW), S-adenosyl methionine...
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...
Here are 10 resolutions for better health at any age: Eat a well-balanced diet low in saturated fats. A Mediterranean, heart-healthy diet rich in olive or canola oil, fresh fish, lean meats, red wine...
As science has attempted to accommodate women’s desire to prolong their childbearing years, men have tended to worry much less about the ticking of their biological clocks. But new research from...
Sleep problems are among the more common complaints I hear from my patients. They all long for the perfect night’s sleep. They want to fall asleep quickly, sleep through the night and awaken...
Watching Wyatt Joyner wiggle and bounce in his mom’s lap, it is difficult to imagine that the 9-month-old – now nearly the size of his 2-year-old sister – was once in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit...
Most people don’t get fat from eating broccoli and oatmeal. Instead, it’s the fast food, cheese puffs and microwave pizzas that are expanding American waistlines and raising obesity to epidemic...
At MD Anderson, we're constantly looking for innovative new ways to provide the best possible cancer treatment options for our patients as we work toward our mission of Making Cancer History®. To...
Patients seeking relief from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have a new treatment option to consider based on an innovative use of magnets. Mass General is the first and only hospital in New...
David Rattner, MD, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Mass General Digestive Healthcare Center, answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the LINX® Reflux...
Specially designed comprehensive behavioral therapy is more effective than sessions offering patient support and education in helping adults with Tourette syndrome manage their tics – sudden,...
At Massachusetts General Hospital, scientists have long understood the potential of egg freezing for women who want to preserve their fertility.
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”...
Brain studies suggest that doctors learn to suppress normal responses to patients’ suffering.

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