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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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Preventing Mental Illness Across the Lifespan: Meet the Team that’s getting it DUNN

Meet Dr. Erin Dunn and her research team, who are dedicated to reducing the burden of depression and other brain health disorders by discovering innovative approaches to prevention.

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The IBHCRP: Breaking Down the Walls that Separate Physical and Mental Health

What if there was a simple way to help individuals prioritize their emotional health just as much as their physical health? As a clinical psychology intern at Massachusetts General Hospital over a decade ago, Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, found herself asking this question about the orthopedic surgery patients she was caring for.

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Mental Health from a Nutrition and Lifestyle Perspective

Most people have heard the expression “you are what you eat” and think about how what they eat affects their physical health, but could food be affecting mental health too?

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Scientists Find Physical Activity Could Prevent Depression

Researchers from the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Mass General recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that set out to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between exercise and depression.

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Fitness Trackers Monitor Our Physical Health, But Could They Monitor Our Mental Health Too?

Diagnosis and treatment for mental health disorders can be a time and resource-intensive process for patients and providers alike. Could data from digital fitness trackers help?

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Cardiac Psychiatry: Exploring Connections Between the Head and the Heart

Cardiac psychiatry, also called behavioral cardiology, is the study of psychiatry as it relates to patients with heart conditions. It explores the connections between mental health, behavior, and medical health in patients who have suffered from an acute cardiac event, heart disease, or other chronic conditions.

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5 Health Benefits of Meditation Backed by Scientists at Mass General

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to achieve a state of calmness and clarity. While it was commonly associated with certain religious practices, it has made its way into everyday Western culture, with increasing amounts of research showing it has several positive health benefits. Herbert Benson, MD, is an internationally […]

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