New & Noteworthy

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...
More than one in 10 Americans takes one or more antidepressant medications, and for that large chunk of the population, recent events surely have been unsettling. Three books published in 2010 were...
Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that develop when bile - composed of water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins and waste - stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-...
New research indicates that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to increased pain sensitivity, known as hyperalgesia, in fibromyalgia patients. Results published in...
In laboratory studies, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a way to personalize chemotherapy drug selection for cancer patients by using cell lines created from their...
A third generation of Blantons has taken over the leadership of the Scurlock Foundation, and they’re leaving a legacy that would make their parents and grandparents proud. The siblings, Elizabeth...
Despite major advances in screening and early detection, colon cancer still accounts for about 9 percent of all cancer deaths. Rare before the age of 40, colon cancer incidence begins to increase...
For four years, Benard Basant didn’t know what it was like to breathe fresh air. Born with a congenital heart disease that eventually affected his lungs, the 36-year-old Connecticut resident was...
Using scores obtained from cognitive tests, Johns Hopkins researchers think they have developed a model that could help determine whether memory loss in older adults is benign or a stop on the way to...
An anonymous donor has given $500,000 to conduct large-scale clinical trials and laboratory research on the “PapGene” test, a genomic-based screening test that detects ovarian and endometrial cancers...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found that a gene already implicated in human speech disorders and epilepsy is also needed for vocalizations and synapse formation in mice. The finding,...
It has been more than 20 years since the Association of American Medical Colleges last revised its Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT has traditionally focused on basic scientific concepts—...
"Someone has to be the quarterback, helping to decide what is necessary and making sure all aspects of the patient's health and well-being are addressed in a coordinated way."
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...
Like the plastic caps at the end of shoelaces, telomeres protect -- in their case -- the interior-gene containing parts of chromosomes that carry a cell's instructional material. Cancer cells are...
Houston entrepreneur and restaurateur Tony Masraff is sitting in his special events facility in the upscale Galleria area. He’s taken time out of his always busy day to share details of his...
A new bath oil—and a paired massage at the Mandarin Oriental—uses the power of aromatherapy to promote well-being.
Is aging inevitable? What factors make older tissues less able to maintain and repair themselves? A new study from MGH investigators and collaborators at King's College London describes how muscle...
Lipids are a large and diverse group of naturally occurring molecules known to most of us as cholesterol, fatty acids, triglycerides, etc. For decades, researchers have studied the complex process of...
Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever" can cause cold-like symptoms in children, such as sneezing, congestion, runny nose and itchy eyes. If these symptoms occur at the same time every year...
What makes us happy? Family? Money? Love? How about a peptide? The neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior are largely unknown. Now though, for the first time in humans,...
An MGH Research Scholar Award is letting Lee Zou, PhD, pursue biomedical research into a protein that could lead to new cancer therapies and discoveries about human aging
"Most of us experience some degree of age-related hearing loss, and the sooner we start to wear a hearing aid, the easier the adjustment is going to be."
Finding solutions to global health problems affecting some of the world's poorest regions is a key goal of CAMTech, says Elizabeth Bailey, director of the Mass General-based organization.
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have found a specific protein in nearly 100 percent of high-grade meningiomas — the most common form of brain tumor — suggesting a new target for therapies for a...
Main Street at the newly renovated MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital is an active throughway connecting inpatient pods, a play park and family amenity rooms. It’s also where patients, family and...
Q&A with Ozanan Meireles, MD Q: What is type 2 diabetes? What is prediabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a chronic, degenerative disease that develops when the body cannot make enough, or properly use,...
Being part of the Mass General Research Scholars Program has helped Galit Alter, PhD, advance her work and attract the attention of major funding agencies.
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...
Cleveland Clinic has been selected as the primary investigator in a $11.3 million nationwide study funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a trial of the oral drug ibudilast...

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