Hair Cells Hold New Hope for Hearing Loss
Since the damage or loss of hair cells, specialized inner-ear cells that transmit sound vibrations via electrical signals to the brain, is responsible for hearing loss, restoring those hair cells could restore hearing.
Accelerating Vaccines’ Trajectory, from Protein to Patient
Within the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, efforts are underway to accelerate the development of vaccines aimed at protecting populations from global health threats.
For Burn Victims and Patients Awaiting Organs, Hope in Animal Cells
An unexpected source—pig skin—could be the key to treating burn victims, and may hold the key to addressing the shortage of transplantable organs. In a trial at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), burn specialists were the world’s first to use live-cell, genetically engineered pig skin to temporarily close a burn wound in a human patient.
A Case for the Health Care Proxy
For a seriously ill patient without a health care proxy agent—an individual legally permitted to make decisions for a patient who is incapacitated—their condition can be not only painful for family members, but logistically untenable.
Research Reveals Heart Disease Risk Is Often Relative
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, new research on the genetic roots of some inherited forms of heart disease is helping physicians to better target cardiovascular care with a family-centered approach.
Applying AI to Point-of-Care Diagnosis
Much of medicine has changed since the portable ultrasound expanded point-of-care diagnostics with its introduction 20 years ago. Now, Partners HealthCare’s MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science has aligned with FUJIFILM SonoSite to apply one of those advances.