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Research Roundup For February 2020

Short summaries of recent research news from the investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, including insights into Alzheimer’s disease, eating disorders, the development of the immune system after birth, and more.

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Mass General Researchers Featured in Four of Altmetric’s Top 100 Publications of 2019

Congratulations to the four Mass General research teams whose publications were featured in the Altmetric Top 100 for 2019.

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The STRONG Study: Uncovering the Impact of Early Life Experiences Using Teeth

In this study, the Dunn lab is specifically interested in better understanding how the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt in 2013 affected mothers in Boston and around the world, and how these events might be recorded in children’s teeth.

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Teeth as Tools to Measure Early Life Adversity and Future Mental Health Risk

Recent research by the Dunn lab has suggested that the timing of adversities in life matters. There appear to be “sensitive periods” during development when exposure to adversity may have more potent and long-lasting impacts.

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Why Teeth Intrigue Us: A Q&A with Members of the Dunn Lab

For a bit now, the Dunn lab has been leading efforts to study teeth. They are curious about the stories they might tell about a person’s life experiences and future risk for brain health problems, like depression.

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Could Yoga One Day Be Prescribed as a Depression Treatment? Five Questions to Consider

There’s promising evidence that yoga could work well as a complementary therapy for depression, but some key questions remain.

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Could Smartphones Give Surgeons A Better Sense of What Postoperative Recovery Looks Like?

Researchers are hoping that data on patient activity levels post-surgery that is collected via smartphones will help them better understand what the recovery process looks like.

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Want to Be a Better Science Communicator in 2020? Check Out These Tips

We encourage everyone involved in science —from investigators to postdocs to lab technicians and more — to work on their science communication skills.

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Looking to Fill Time During the Holiday Lull? Check out these “Best Of” Science Lists

If you’re working between Christmas and New Year’s, chances are your office or lab is pretty quiet. OK, it’s probably more of a ghost town. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time—and you’ve already cleared out your inbox and cleaned up your desk—check out these science favorites from around the web in 2019! […]

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Best Research Stories of 2019 (Part 2)

Our last post covered half of our top ten research stories of 2019, and now it’s time to share the top five! Read on to learn more about some of the most exciting work our researchers have done within the past year.

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