New & Noteworthy

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.
Tobacco remains among the most addictive of all substances, but effective options are now available for the estimated 46 million Americans who smoke to help them quit. "As recently as the 1980s, the...
Unlike a common rash that gradually goes away, eczema is a persistent condition that results in red, irritated and itchy skin. Continuous scratching may cause infected yellow crusts or bumps on the...
Johns Hopkins scientists have developed new drugs that — at least in a laboratory dish — appear to halt the brain-destroying impact of a genetic mutation at work in some forms of two incurable...
Earlier this month, during Cancer Survivorship Week, we had our first exercise flash mobs here at MD Anderson. The music began, and doctors, nurses, research staff and survivors spontaneously began...
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...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have devised a way to detect whether cells previously transplanted into a living animal are alive or dead, an innovation they say is likely to speed the development of...
Patients with food allergy have a sensitization to a specific food or foods and manifest a reproducible immune response whenever exposed to food-based allergens. The true prevalence of food allergy...
Melanoma treatment is changing dramatically – and for the better. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent approval of two new drugs, Tafinlar® (dabrafenib) and Mekinist® (trametinib), to...
Bioengineered rat kidneys developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators successfully produced urine both in a laboratory apparatus and after being transplanted into living animals...
Massachusetts General Hospital's Merit Cudkowicz discovered a key to jumpstarting ALS research: pooling resources.
Cardiac catheterization, a procedure used to diagnose heart conditions, is typically performed through the femoral artery of the groin. But, increasingly, cardiologists are instead using the radial...
Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division and their collaborators have isolated an elusive...
Johns Hopkins researchers have figured out the specific job of a protein long implicated in tumors of the nervous system. Reporting on a new study described in the Sept. 12 issue of the journal Cell...
When you raise your glass at this year’s holiday toast, choose your beverage wisely. Research shows that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases your chances of developing cancer, including...
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...
BOSTON – For the first time, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have isolated egg-producing stem cells from the ovaries of reproductive age women and shown these cells can produce what...
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...
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...
In a series of lab experiments designed to unravel the workings of a key enzyme widely considered a possible trigger of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that in the most...
Why do some people take their own lives—as many as 36,000 each year in the United States alone—and why do warning signs go unheeded? Though suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United...
Amid a growing recognition among psychiatrists that many people with addiction disorders also suffer from another psychiatric diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or attention...
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...
Ultrasound, an imaging technology long used to examine fetuses in the womb and peer into patients’ organs, is gaining wider acceptance for imaging joints, muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments...
Advances in growing embryos to an advanced stage of physiologic development have made single-embryo transfer a superior procedure for many patients seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF). Recent...
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a common problem after pregnancy that may be triggered when high levels of estrogen and progesterone abruptly return to normal within 24 hours after childbirth. An...

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