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    11-Jul-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 715494

Study Questions if Tongue-Tie Surgery for Breastfeeding Is Always Needed

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

New research raises questions as to whether too many infants are getting tongue-tie surgery to help improve breastfeeding, despite limited medical evidence supporting the procedure. In a new study of 115 newborns, nearly 63 percent of children who were referred for surgery ended up not needing the procedure following a thorough feeding evaluation.

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9-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Names Dr. David S. Friedman Director of Glaucoma Service

Article ID: 712127

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Names Dr. David S. Friedman Director of Glaucoma Service

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Mass. Eye and Ear is pleased to welcome David S. Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD, as Director of the Glaucoma Service, Co-Director of the Ophthalmology Glaucoma Center of Excellence, Medical Director of Clinical Research at Mass. Eye and Ear, and a member of the full-time faculty of the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Friedman will be the first incumbent of the Albert and Diane Kaneb Chair in Ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear.

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1-May-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: Microglia, the Immune Cells of the Central Nervous System, Shown to Regulate Neuroinflammation
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    22-Apr-2019 3:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 711680

Microglia, the Immune Cells of the Central Nervous System, Shown to Regulate Neuroinflammation

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system—including the retina —serve as “gatekeepers” of neuroinflammation. Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. In the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers describe for the first time a role for microglia in directing the initiation of autoimmune uveitis by orchestrating the inflammatory response within the retina.

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22-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: New Chief Medical Officer Starts at Massachusetts Eye and Ear

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New Chief Medical Officer Starts at Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA, has been appointed the new Chief Medical Officer of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and joined the senior leadership team April 1 in this new role.

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18-Apr-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711474

Genomic Study Identifies Pathway for How Enterococcus faecalis Bacteria Causes Antibiotic Resistant Infection

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. This study examined one of the first sustained hospital outbreaks of a multidrug-resistant bacterium, Enterococcus faecalis, which occurred from the early through the mid-1980s, causing over 60 outbreak strains.

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17-Apr-2019 9:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 710392

Adhesive Gel Bonds to Eye Surface, Could Repair Injuries Without Surgery

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Corneal injuries are a common cause of visual impairment worldwide, with more than 1.5 million new cases of corneal blindness reported every year. With the goal of addressing this unmet clinical need, researchers set out to develop an adhesive designed for long-term integration with the cornea. The new technology, named GelCORE (gel for corneal regeneration), could one day reduce the need for surgery to repair injuries to the cornea, including those that would today require corneal transplantation.

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28-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Massachusetts Eye and Ear appoints Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Anesthesia

Article ID: 706576

Massachusetts Eye and Ear appoints Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Anesthesia

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Following a nationwide search, Mass. Eye and Ear named Aalok Agarwala, MD, MBA, as Chief Medical Officer, and Kathrin Bourdeu, MD, PhD, as Chief of Anesthesia.

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16-Jan-2019 11:05 AM EST
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    27-Nov-2018 7:00 AM EST

Article ID: 704349

Electrical stimulation in the nose induces sense of smell in human subjects

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Physicians at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have, for the first time, induced a sense of smell in humans by using electrodes in the nose to stimulate nerves in the olfactory bulb, a structure in the brain where smell information from the nose is processed and sent to deeper regions of brain. Reporting online today in International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, the research team describes their results, which provide a proof of concept for efforts to develop implant technology to return the sense of smell to those who have lost it.

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27-Nov-2018 7:00 AM EST
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Newswise: Exosomes “Swarm” to Protect Against Bacteria Inhaled Through the Nose
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    12-Nov-2018 7:00 AM EST

Article ID: 703385

Exosomes “Swarm” to Protect Against Bacteria Inhaled Through the Nose

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

A research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear describes a newly discovered mechanism in a report published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The findings shed new light on our immune systems — and also pave the way for drug delivery techniques to be developed that harness this natural transportation process from one group of cells to another.

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5-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Strong Ability to Detect and Perceive Motion May Prevent Pilot Disorientation
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    31-Oct-2018 10:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 703052

Strong Ability to Detect and Perceive Motion May Prevent Pilot Disorientation

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

A new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that good performance on a piloting task was associated with lower vestibular thresholds, which represent stronger ability to sense and perceive information about motion, balance and spatial orientation. Published online today in the Journal of Neurophysiology, the findings suggest that astronauts or pilots with higher vestibular thresholds are more likely to become disoriented during flight, especially in situations when gravity is less than that on Earth – such as on the Moon.

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30-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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