Physical activity may protect those at risk for depression

After mining millions of electronic health record data points, researchers found people who were more physically active at baseline were less likely to develop depression, even after accounting for genetic risks.

Harvard Gazette | Nov. 5, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine depression exercise genetic-risk harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health massachusetts-general-hospital partners-healthcare-biobank

Seeds of HubWeek, Oct. 1-3, continue to grow in Greater Boston

HubWeek fall festival takes place Oct. 1‒3 in Boston’s Seaport District.

Thomas E. Mills | Sept. 27, 2019 | harvard
~3 mins   

Tags: science-technology harvard-university hubweek massachusetts-general-hospital massachusetts-institute-of-technology the-boston-globe

Daily e-cigarette use may help smokers quit regular cigarettes

A new study provides critical population-level evidence demonstrating that using e-cigarettes daily helps U.S. smokers to quit smoking cigarettes.

Malorye A. Branca | July 23, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine cessation e-cigarette massachusetts-general-hospital nicotine-and-tobacco-research quit-smoking smokers

Better screening for lung cancer

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have identified markers that can distinguish between major subtypes of lung cancer and accurately identify lung cancer stage. Their work could eventually help physicians decide whether lung cancer patients need standard treatment or more aggressive therapy.

Harvard Gazette | July 16, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine adenocarcinomas biomarkers david-c-christiani leo-l-cheng lung-cancer massachusetts-general-hospital metabolites non-small-cell-lung-cancer squamous-cell-carcinomas

Study: Capping medical residents’ hours doesn’t hurt quality of care

Hours of medical residents were capped at 80 per week in 2003 after a string of patient injuries and deaths, spurring fears that doctors-in-training would be less prepared for independent practice than before. A new study suggests their warnings were largely unjustified.

Jake Miller | July 11, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine accreditation-council-for-graduate-medical-education anupam-jena blavatnik-institute daniel-blumenthal harvard-medical-school harvard-university jake-miller jayanta-bhattacharya massachusetts-general-hospital medical-education medical-residents monica-farid physicians stanford-university

Harvard research shows energy use climbs with age and temperature

Two global trends — the aging of the world’s population and the warming of its atmosphere — are set to collide in the decades to come, new work by an MGH and HMS researcher shows.

Alvin Powell | June 6, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine aging alvin-powell climate-change energy-use harvard-medical-school hossein-estiri massachusetts-general-hospital

Trial shows antihypertension drug may improve pancreatic cancer outcomes

Adding the blood-pressure drug losartan to the intensive chemo and radiation protocol for treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer allowed complete removal of the tumor in 61 percent of trial participants and significantly improved survival rates.

Sue McGreevey | May 30, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine blood-pressure carlos-fernandez-del-castillo janet-murphy jennifer-wo losartan massachusetts-general-hospital mgh pancreatic-cancer rakesh-k-jain theodore-hang

Mass. General researchers develop 3-D ‘mini-gut’ model to study response to gluten

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have created miniature, simplified versions of the intestine in vitro to explore how the gut lining and microbiome respond to gluten in both healthy and celiac patients.

Susie Flaherty | May 9, 2019 | harvard
~4 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alessio-fasano anna-sapone anthony-anselmo celiac-disease gloria-serena gluten laura-ingano mass-general massachusetts-general-hospital mgh mibrc mucosal-immunology-and-biology-research-center murat-cetinbas organoids rachel-freire ruslan-sadreyev stefania-senger

Harvard, Tufts, MIT stage 3-day humanitarian disaster simulation

About 250 faculty, students, and volunteers descended on Massachusetts’ Harold Parker State Forest last weekend for a disaster simulation aimed to prepare students studying humanitarian disaster response for the real thing.

Alvin Powell | May 3, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: health-medicine ahmed-nasser alvin-powell benjamin-aiwonodagbon disaster-relief field-hospital global-disaster-response-program harold-parker-state-forest harvard-humanitarian-initiative harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health humanitarian-academy-at-harvard lindsey-martin massachusetts-general-hospital sarah-klem simulation stephanie-kayden

Harvard undergrad’s AI model helps to predict TB resistance

A Harvard undergrad, working with Harvard Medical School scientists, has designed an artificial intelligence model that predicts tuberculosis resistance to 10 most commonly used drugs. The new model outperforms previous machine-learning tools, and incorporating it into clinical tests could dramatically enhance early detection and prompt treatment of drug-resistant TB.

Ekaterina Pesheva | May 2, 2019 | harvard
~11 mins   

Tags: science-technology akshith-doddi analysis-group andy-beam bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation blavatnik-institute critical-path-institute drug-resistance ebiomedicine gentb harvard-medical-school harvard-th-chan-school-of-public-health hms isaac-kohane jimmy-royer luca-freschi marco-schito masha-farhat massachusetts-general-hospital matthew-ezewudo mdr-tb mgh michael-chen tb tuberculosis university-of-virginia-school-of-medicine xdr-tb

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