Category: Genetics and Genomics Research

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Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Trump’s doctor says he has ‘incredible genes.’ Will they keep protecting his health? – quotes and features research by MGH physician Sekar Kathiresan and investigator Chris Newton-Cheh. Increased Risk of Diabetes-Related ED Visits With Unstable Housing – Unstable […]

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Research Your Resolution: Reduce Your Risk of A Heart Attack

Do you have goals for improving your health in the New Year? This month, investigators from the Mass General Research Institute are discussing the science behind some common New Year’s resolutions, and offering tips and advice based on their research into exercise, diet, healthy aging, heart health, and much more. Sek Kathiresan, MD, is Director […]

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Study Identifies New Targets for Huntington’s Disease Research

Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, PhD, is the director of the NeuroEpigenetics Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND).  Her work investigating the genetics of Huntington’s disease was recently featured in an article on the Mass General Giving website. Here are five things to know: Huntington’s disease (HD) is a fatal genetic disorder that causes […]

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Team Effort Finds First Definitive Answers to Complex Genetic Basis of Tourette Syndrome

A large scale analysis of genetic information from individuals with Tourette syndrome led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA has identified alterations in two genes that significantly increase the risk of developing the disorder. A team effort between genetic researchers, clinicians, a patient advocacy group and volunteer study participants has revealed new genetic […]

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Biobank Reveals Novel Research Kiosks

At the Partners HealthCare Biobank, everyone has the ability to help shape the future of healthcare. The Biobank is a research initiative that brings patients, clinicians, and investigators together to make research discoveries that improve care for generations to come. Patients are asked to provide consent, a blood sample, and take a health survey. These […]

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Raising Awareness of Belly Fat and Its Impact on Men’s Health

Did you know that in addition to June being Men’s Health Month in the United States, this week (June 12th-18th) is Men’s Health Week in the UK? The focus this year is on belly fat which tends to be more prevalent in men than women. Regardless of a person’s overall weight, belly fat—also called abdominal […]

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Missing Genes Point to New Drug Targets

The Human Genome Project provided a ‘parts-list’ of genes, about 18,000 in number. Now, researchers are studying what it means to be missing a part. In an analysis of the genomes of 10,000 research participants, Mass General’s Dr. Sekar Kathiresan and his research team found 1,300 genes which were broken in at least one participant. […]

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Genetic Study Identifies Link Between Body Shape and Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

When you put on weight, do the pounds show up at your waistline or on your hips? The answer could have long-term implications for your risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and Type 2 diabetes. Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital researchers identified a link between body shape and risk of heart disease and diabetes.

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Genetic Studies Reveals New Clues to Hereditary High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. We know that half the risk of developing high blood pressure is due to inherited factors, but until recently we only understood two percent of the genetic reasons for that risk. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are now a step closer to understanding the genetic underpinnings […]

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Partners Biobank Plays Key Role in Research

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, medical director for the Cardiology Division, and his team of investigators – led by cardiologist Pradeep Natarajan, MD, and research coordinator Erina Kii in the Center for Human Genetic Research – are looking for a needle in a haystack. LEARN MORE

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