New Drug Delivery System Could Reduce the Dose Needed to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

A Massachusetts General Hospital research study suggests that a nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors, while decreasing treatment toxicity. The new system, which combines a light-activated nanoparticle with a molecular therapy drug, reduced the dosage required to […]

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Email Communication Between Doctors and Patients Helps to Reduce Costly Office Visits

Patients who are financially responsible for high out-of-pocket costs are significantly more likely to choose email and other online patient engagement methods over an expensive office visit to contact providers about their health concerns, according to a recent research study by a team that included Vicki Fung, PhD, from Mass General’s Mongan Institute for Health Policy. […]

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Researchers Find a Way to Light Up Cancer Cells

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a probe that can find, stick to and then light up residual cancer cells, making them easier for surgeons to see. READ MORE

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Early Weight Loss in Parkinson Disease Patients May Signify More Serious Form of the Disease

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator finds evidence of an association between weight loss in patients with early Parkinson disease and more rapid disease progression. While weight loss is common in Parkinson’s patients, results of the study – which is being released online prior to publication in the March issue of JAMA […]

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After Early Roadblocks, Mass. General Researcher to be Recognized

Congratulations to distinguished Massachusetts General Hospital researcher (and longtime movie buff) Rakesh Jain, PhD, for being named a winner of the National Medal of Science. Dr. Jain, who studies tumor biology, will receive his award from President Obama later this year. “The only way I kept going was realizing in any field—really, in any human […]

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What is Your New Year’s Resolution Solution?

What is your goal for 2016? To lose weight? Save more money? Live life to the fullest? This article shares some valuable ways to put the relaxation response to use in fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions.

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Antidepressant with Novel Mechanism of Action Appears Safe and Effective in Phase 1b Clinical Trial

“Our study finds that this novel compound promotes neurogenesis in a specific part of the brain, is well tolerated and may have robust antidepressant effects. If its efficacy is confirmed in larger trials, this drug could be an important new option for patients not helped by currently available medications.” –Maurizio Fava, MD. Dr. Fava is the executive director […]

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Brain Disease Researchers Track Elusive Protein

Devastating brain diseases like Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been painfully slow to give up their secrets.  But behavioral neurologist Brad Dickerson, MD, and his Mass General research team are tracking an important protein that has long eluded measurement in the living brain.  Their work may mark a turning point in how such now-incurable conditions […]

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Nutrition Shortcuts When You Live Alone

For elderly people who live alone, it can be a challenge to continuously prepare and eat nutritionally balanced meals. Loneliness, depression, immobility and problems with transportation or finances are just some of the factors that lead to elders adopting unbalanced diets that have negative health effects. In this blog post from Harvard Medical School, two Mass General health […]

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Anesthesia: Who Knew What When?

“On October 16, 1846, at Massachusetts General Hospital, [William T.G. Morton] successfully administered ether to a surgical patient in a public demonstration. As acclaim was heaped upon Morton, [Horace] Wells unsurprisingly cried foul—but so did [Charles T.] Jackson. A bitter dispute rose all the way to Congress…” READ MORE

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