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August 2011

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Top Story

Family wearing helmets while riding bikes5 Critical Steps for Summer Survival

Everyone wants to be outdoors this time of year, before the winter returns. But plenty of health dangers can arise during the summer, including extremely high temperatures. Experts from BIDMC can tell you the five steps you and your family should take to beat the heat and ensure a safe summer. Read more >>

Leading Edge

Dr. Li

Unique Treatment for Overactive Bladder

It sounds strange, but specialists at BIDMC are helping women control overactive bladder by placing a tiny needle behind their ankle. The procedure, called Urgent PC, works by stimulating the tibial nerve over a series of sessions performed in a doctor's office. Dr. Janet Li, Section Head of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at BIDMC, explains the procedure. Watch the video >>

Clinical Corner

Dr. ChaikofSurgery Q & A

Do you know the six questions you should ask prior to your operation? How about when to seek a second opinion? Dr. Elliot Chaikof, Chief of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, answers common questions about surgery. Read more & take our quiz >>

Story of Hope

Navy PilotUnique Program Helps Navy Pilot Navigate Rectal Cancer

Joshua Sager was in his early 30s and his life was literally up in the air. He was a Navy pilot, in line to become squadron commander, when a diagnosis of late-stage rectal cancer put the brakes on his career. That's when he was referred to a unique clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There, a team of doctors met with Josh to devise a plan of attack. Read more & watch his story >>

The Heart of BIDMC

Trudy AgressVolunteer Celebrated for Four Decades of Service

With 45 years of service under her belt, Trudy Agress has been at BIDMC longer than most of the medical staff, but she's never earned a penny in all her time here. At 91, Trudy has spent nearly half her life as a member of BIDMC's Volunteer Services, assisting hospital staff in countless ways - from collating materials for the gastroenterology department to making baby hats for the hospital's newborns. Read more >>

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Health Headlines


Shuttle AtlantisMice Return to Earth with Clues to Bone Health

The mice are back in town. The 30 critters, special guests aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis during its last mission in July, were sent into space to test a novel therapy that could battle osteoporosis in humans. Read more >>


CyberKnifeCyberKnife Treats 2,000th Patient

Six years ago, BIDMC was the first hospital in New England to use the CyberKnife® image-guided radiosurgery system to treat patients with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Now, BIDMC has just finished treating its 2,000th patient with CyberKnife. Read more >>


aspirinStudy: An Aspirin a Day Keeps Melanoma Away

A new study from researchers at BIDMC and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute suggests that long-term aspirin use may also significantly lower the risk of cutaneous melanoma (CM), the most deadly form of skin cancer. Read more >>