New gene-editing techniques let researchers create precisely the laboratory animals they need—but at what ethical cost? Read more from Mass General’s Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine: [ Link ]

Made to Measure
With a New Year starting, one of the great challenges is maintaining a healthy diet. Choosing healthier options helps many of us ward off extra pounds, but for those with cancer it is crucial to overall health. Here are our tips to increase your intake of cancer-fighting nutrients, and keep you feeling your best this New Year: [ Link ]

Eat Your Way Through the Holidays with Healthy Cancer-Fighting Options - Boston Magazine
A gradual decline in memory is a dreaded effect of normal aging. Researchers at Mass General have discovered that some people in their 60s, 70s or 80s have the youthful memories of 20-year-olds and their brains show why.

Superagers Retain Youthful Memory and Brain
January is Cervical Cancer awareness month. At the Center for Gynecologic Oncology, our multidisciplinary team of gynecologic cancer specialists provides individualized care and compassionate support services for women with cervical cancer. Learn more about Mass General’s Cervical Cancer program here: [ Link ]

Cervical Cancer Treatment Program - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Mark your calendars, the 7th Annual MGH Blood Donor Center Cupcake Tasting Event beings in less than a month! Make a life-saving blood donation on any Thursday in February to enjoy delicious cupcakes from our sponsors and also receive a special long sleeve t-shirt! Contact us at (617)726-8177 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Make sharing life a part of yours!
Recent research has underscored the importance of social bonds, but this can be a challenge for elders as friends and confidants retire, move away or fall ill. “The need we’ve had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, who bring us joy — that never goes away,” says Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Mass General. [ Link ]

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote
Dr. Malissa Wood, co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program at Mass General, tells SELF Magazine that most people have heart palpitations at some point in their lives. A major cause of heart palpitations is having too much caffeine. Find out some other reasons in this article: [ Link ]

12 Potential Reasons You're Having Heart Palpitations
“fMRI has become the most important tool for people who study neurological diseases to see which treatments are most effective,” says Dr. Bruce Rosen of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass General.

Mass General Marks 25th Anniversary of fMRI Milestone
Deborah McDuff is an artist currently exhibiting with the Illuminations Program as part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s 15th Anniversary Show. When Deborah was approached about showing with Illuminations, she thought about loved ones whose lives had been touched by cancer, and she was eager to submit art. She set to work creating paintings specifically for the Mass...
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Patient navigators, like those at MGH Chelsea Healthcare Center, can be the bridge that connects vulnerable patients to the healthcare they need. Read more in this recent STAT article featuring MGH Center for Community Health Improvement’s Joanne Toussaint, describing the important work that she and other patient navigators do every day.

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In a Byzantine health system, navigators help at-risk patients find their way
Studies have shown that recovering from an illness or trying to losing weight is more successful if you have a network of people who keep you engaged and encouraged. Now, researchers are trying to understand how that emotional support creates physical changes in your brain.

How Friends Improve Your Brain Health
Tropical diseases thrive unnoticed in the poorest areas of the United States. Read more from Mass General’s Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine:

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Dying of Neglect
If you're a parent, your New Year resolution may include the entire family. Two Mass General experts offer some fresh ideas on keeping the entire family healthy this year.

Tips for Staying Physically Healthy in the New Year
Addressing the opioid crisis is one of Mass General’s highest clinical priorities. In response, the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) formed its Opioid Task Force in 2015. Bringing together a consortium of health care experts from across the hospital, the Task Force is developing a streamlined approach to the prescribing and management of, and education involving, opioid...
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Opioid Task Force - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Dr. Elizabeth Roth, an internist at Mass General’s Women’s Health Associates, says she and her colleagues have seen a major spike in recent weeks in patients reporting psychological troubles as a result of the 2016 presidential election. "I hear the phrase a lot: 'I feel like I've been punched in the gut, or sucker-punched,' " Roth told WBUR 90.9 FM about the election’s impact in the exam...
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Mass. Doctors Are Seeing Effects Of The Election In The Exam Room
Should patients read their progress notes? A nationwide program advocates that patients should have seamless access to their doctors’ notes. But not everyone thinks this is a good idea. Read more from Mass General’s Proto Magazine: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Medicine:

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Should Patients Read Their Progress Notes?
Proton beam therapy is a very effective way to treat cancer and at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, we deliver over 13,000 proton therapy treatments annually. Our team works to improve and perfect this technology every single day, and after five decades, we have made quantum leaps in this area of treatment. Learn more at: [ Link ]

The MGH Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Differences within the molecular structure of breast cancer tumors have puzzled cancer researchers in recent years. A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital shows that a flip-flopping of characteristics within tumors’ cells make them difficult to target and inhibit their growth. The study shows that a combination of therapies can often be beneficial and lead to better rates of cancer...
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Mass General Study Finds that Breast Cancer Cells Tend to Change Characteristics | Boston Magazine
Neurologist Dr. Farrah Mateen, PhD, divides her time between seeing patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and traveling across the world to find innovative, cost-effective solutions for improving global neurological care. Learn more in this article from the Mass General Research Institute.

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Mateen seeks solutions for global neurological challenges - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA