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Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Featured In Cardiovascular

Amy Sarma, MD, cardiologist in the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Center, discusses her research of cardiovascular disease in women and the importance of collaboration between cardiology and obstetrics in preventing maternal mortality.

Featured In Digestive Health

New year's resolutions are notoriously difficult to maintain. Yet, year after year, patients seeking a life change look to this time of year as a fresh start in their weight loss journey. In this article, Dr. Angela Fitch shares advice on treating patients with obesity and crafting realistic, obtainable resolutions.

Featured In Neuroscience

SpikeNet, a computer algorithm that analyzes EEG waveforms, was more accurate than fellowship-trained clinical neurophysiologists and the standard commercial software at detecting interictal epileptiform discharges.

Featured In Orthopaedics

Researchers at the Department of Orthopaedics are conducting clinical studies to improve the treatment of common clinical problems. A new double-blind randomized trial showed no therapeutic benefit of vitamin C therapy to reduce the incidence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) following distal radius fracture.

Featured In OB/GYN

Among nulliparous women presenting with prelabor rupture of membranes at term and unfavorable cervical dilation, oxytocin was associated with a significantly shorter admission-to-delivery interval and fewer vaginal exams compared with buccal misoprostol.

The Latest Urology Advances

In a cohort of 122 men who underwent urodynamic studies followed by an outlet de-obstruction procedure, there was a reasonable likelihood of spontaneous voiding postoperatively even in patients who had detrusor underactivity.

Female voiding dysfunction (FVD) is a common multifactorial condition typified by abnormally slow or incomplete voiding of urine from the bladder. Elise De, MD, collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of experts to pave the way for innovative treatment methods for patients with FVD.

Contributing Physicians

Director, Harvard Urologic Surgery Residency Program


Elise De, MD

Advances Specialties


Intrigued by the debate over the effects of surgical start time, cardiac surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital reviewed their results and found that starting elective cardiac surgery after 3 pm does not adversely affect patient outcomes or hospital costs.


Using rare intracranial recordings in epilepsy patients, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have produced the first direct evidence of how alpha rhythm is generated.


Patients who have surgical repair of a diaphyseal clavicle fracture have a 13% risk of an adverse event or an unplanned reoperation, but the risk of nonunion is low, according to a retrospective study.

Education & Training Opportunities

February 19, 2020 - June 17, 2020

The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center prepares future health care professionals and trains providers in innovative therapies and care. As part of these efforts, the center hosts regular Grand Rounds presentations from thought leaders and researchers on important cardiology topics. Cardiology Grand Rounds is open to all healthcare professionals.

February 16-20, 2020

Attend this conference on substance use disorders to hear the latest research and find guidance that enhances your care for patients. This course focuses on a broad update across the spectrum of substance use disorders. Sessions cover everything from neuroscience and developmental perspectives all the way through recovery-oriented systems of care. Our faculty share their experience as both clinical caregivers and research experts. They make time to answer questions and help you find solutions for complex conditions.

Clinical Trials

In Neuroscience

If you are a mother who has experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis within the past ten years, you could help us to better understand this serious disorder.

In Cardiovascular

Elevations in a hormone may be linked to abnormal blood flow, inflammation, and plaque in the heart. This study will evaluate whether blocking the hormone will improve cardiovascular disease in HIV individuals using heart imaging studies.