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September 30, 2008

Extra copies of EGFR gene signal poor prognosis for vulvar cancer
MGH researchers report that women with vulvar carcinoma whose tumors have extra copies of the EGFR gene are at increased risk of dying from their cancer, information that could indentify patients who should be treated with targeted therapy drugs.

September 25, 2008

New approach to gene therapy may shrink brain tumors, prevent their spread
MGH researchers are investigating a new approach to gene therapy for brain tumors – delivering a cancer-fighting gene to normal brain tissue around the tumor to keep it from spreading.

September 23, 2008

Hospital residents report patient-handoff problems common, can lead to patient harm
A significant percentage of resident physicians report that patient handoffs – transfer of responsibility for a hospitalized patient from one resident to another – contributed to incidents in which harm was done to patients.

September 22, 2008

NIH extends commitment to transformative research with 2008 Pioneer, New Innovator Awards
The National Institutes of Health announced today that it has increased its support of high-impact research with 2008 NIH Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Awards to 47 scientists, many of whom are in the early stages of their careers.

September 22, 2008

Study confirms benefit of combination therapy for Alzheimer’s disease
Treatment with Alzheimer’s disease drugs can significantly slow the rate at which the disorder advances, and therapy with two different classes of drugs is even better at helping patients maintain their ability to perform daily activities.

September 22, 2008

Proton therapy lowers chance of later cancers
Treating cancer patients with proton therapy instead of standard photon radiation decreases the risk of developing a secondary cancer by two-fold

September 19, 2008

Cathy E. Minehan elected chair of the MGH Board of Trustees
Cathy E. Minehan, managing director of Arlington Advisory Partners, today was named chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees, succeeding Edward P. Lawrence, Esq.

September 18, 2008

More than skin deep
There may be no such thing as a 'safe' tan based on ultraviolet (UV) radiation, according to a series of papers published in the October issue of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research.

September 16, 2008

Mixed Results for Personal Health Record System
An online personal health record system that allowed people with diabetes to check their lab results and get guidance about medication proved to be of only limited use in improving their health outcomes, researchers found.

September 13, 2008

MGH researcher Gary Ruvkun named a co-recipient of the Lasker Award
MGH investigator Gary Ruvkun, PhD, is one of three co-recipients of the 2008 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research. The scientists are being honored for discovering that tiny molecules of RNA can control the activity of critical genes in animals and plants.

September 10, 2008

Mass. General’s Warren Triennial Prize honors discoverers of microRNAs
Two investigators who helped to uncover a previously unsuspected world of tiny RNA molecules will be recognized next month by Massachusetts General Hospital with its highest award for research.

September 09, 2008

Advanced blood analysis may speed diagnosis of heart attacks
Someday doctors may be able to use a blood test to confirm within minutes, instead of hours, if a patient is having a heart attack, allowing more rapid treatment that could limit damage to heart muscle.


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