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August 28, 2008

Risk of fracture is significantly higher in HIV-infected patients
As antiviral treatment for HIV infection allows patients to live longer, many will be confronted with additional health challenges. A new study shows for the first time that one of these may be significantly increased risk of bone fractures.

August 25, 2008

Potential diabetes treatment selectively kills autoimmune cells from human patients
In experiments using blood cells from human patients with diabetes and other autoimmune disorders, MGH researchers have confirmed the mechanism behind a potential new therapy for type 1 diabetes

August 20, 2008

Bone marrow stem cells may help control inflammatory bowel disease
MGH investigators have found that infusions of a particular bone marrow stem cell appeared to protect gastrointestinal tissue from autoimmune attack in a mouse model.

August 19, 2008

Obese prostate cancer patients may benefit more from brachytherapy
Brachytherapy, also called seed implants, may be a more beneficial treatment than surgery or external beam radiation therapy for overweight or obese prostate cancer patients.

August 19, 2008

Prostate Cancer Foundation Commits $4.3 Million to Young Investigators
The Prostate Cancer Foundation today announced 19 Young Investigators Awards for 2008.

August 18, 2008

Largest Study of Its Kind Implicates Gene Abnormalities in Bipolar Disorder
The largest genetic analysis of its kind to date for bipolar disorder has implicated machinery involved in the balance of sodium and calcium in brain cells.

August 18, 2008

Expanding the exam room
In the first study of its kind, researchers find both patients and physicians react positively to real-time, virtual check-ups using videoconferencing technology.

August 07, 2008

Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers create 20 disease-specific stem cell lines
Harvard Stem Cell Institute researcher George Q. Daley, has with HSCI colleagues Chad Cowan and Konrad Hochedlinger of Massachusetts General Hospital produced a robust new collection of disease-specific stem cell lines, all of which were developed using the new induced pluripotent stem cell technique.

August 06, 2008

Study finds connections between genetics, brain activity and preference
A team of MGH researchers has used brain imaging, genetics and experimental psychology techniques to identify a connection between brain reward circuitry, a behavioral measurement of preference and a gene variant that appears to influence both.

August 06, 2008

Hormone level may reflect mortality risk among dialysis patients
A new study suggests that monitoring levels of a hormone called fibroblast growth factor 23 may provide information crucial to the treatment of patients with kidney failure.

August 03, 2008

Growth hormone reduces abdominal fat, cardiovascular risk factors in HIV patients on antiviral therapy
Low-dose growth hormone treatment reduced abdominal fat deposits and improved blood pressure and triglyceride levels but also appeared to increase blood sugar levels in a group of patients with HIV lipodystrophy.

August 01, 2008

Pediatricians Help Parents CEASE Smoking
The, Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) program aims to teach pediatricians to help parents quit smoking and establish and enforce no-smoking rules in the home and car.


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