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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

Recurring pericardial disease can be debilitating to patients, and an operation to completely remove the pericardium may be necessary. Thor Sundt, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, explains how the center treats relapsing pericarditis and, in some cases, even cures the disease.

Featured In Orthopaedics

The seventh annual Jesse B. Jupiter International Hand Forum was virtually hosted by Mass General on Saturday, May 21, 2022, with a thematic focus on fractures of the distal radius. The course director was Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, and associate directors were Neal Chen, MD, and Kyle Eberlin, MD.

Featured In Neuroscience

Darin D. Dougherty, MD, MMSc, Amy T. Peters, PhD, and colleagues detected reduced frontal-subcortical activation during an associative learning task in patients with trichotillomania and/or skin-picking disorder, suggesting potential neural targets for psychotropic treatment.

Featured In Endocrinology

Melissa S. Putman, MD, and colleagues found measures of hyperglycemia and glycemic variability provided by continuous glucose monitors were superior to hemoglobin A1c in distinguishing between patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who did and did not have CF-related diabetes.

Featured In Cardiovascular

Mass General researchers developed a mind-body intervention to improve resiliency in patients with chronic medical conditions that can be delivered via synchronous group videoconferencing. The intervention was successful in targeting health-related anxiety in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD).

The Latest OB/GYN Advances

Mark A. Clapp, MD, MPH, a Maternal–Fetal Medicine Program specialist, and colleagues created a computer algorithm to predict severe maternal morbidity simply by reviewing the free-text history and physical notes in the patient's chart at the time of hospital admission for delivery.

Using data from two multicenter, randomized trials, Irene C. Souter, MD, a fertility specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues created an online tool that calculates individualized probabilities of pregnancy and multiple pregnancy during each of four cycles of ovulation induction or ovarian stimulation.

Contributing Physicians

Specialist in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Vice Chair of Quality, Equity and Safety

Director, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnostics Program, Physician, Fertility Center

Irene C. Souter, MD

Advances Specialties

Cardiovascular

Michael C. Honigberg, MD, MPP, Pradeep Natarajan, MD, MMSc, and Mark Trinder, MSc, studied 88,266 participants in the UK Biobank and found no evidence that contemporary menopausal hormone therapy reduces the lipoprotein(a)-associated risk of coronary heart disease.

Orthopaedics

Mass General's Summer Research Trainee Program offers research and career development mentorship for under-represented minorities in medicine.

Radiology

Radiology researchers Silvia Basaia and Jorge Sepulcre, MD, PhD, DMSc, and colleagues characterized large-scale brain propagation pathways associated with α-synuclein neural protein spreading and identified different patterns of functional connectivity disruptions in patients at different stages of Parkinson's disease.

Education & Training Opportunities

September 17-20, 2022

This hybrid CME course, held September 17 – 20, 2022, examines the latest research and treatment advances for rheumatic conditions. Experts from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital will present on the latest breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment, and pathophysiology of rheumatic diseases. For more than 40 years, this conference has been influential in educating generations of clinicians on over 100 rheumatic conditions.

September 16-17, 2022

This Comprehensive Heart Failure symposium will provide practical insights for all clinicians who manage patients with heart failure. Massachusetts General Hospital leaders will address state-of-the-art approaches and highlight best practices for cardiovascular team-based care across the entire spectrum of heart failure.

Clinical Trials

In Neuroscience

The study involves multiple visits over 6 months. You will complete an 8-week stress reduction treatment that includes a medical device worn in the ear and attend MRI and PET scans. You will also complete daily migraine diaries online.

In Cardiovascular

We are seeking individuals who self-identify as having high stress to participate in a randomized study using a mindfulness-based, stress-reduction intervention and PET-MR imaging.