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Aug / Sept 2009

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Health Topics: Protecting Yourself from West Nile Virus

August is prime for mosquitoes and potentially deadly illnesses.

When William Shakespeare wrote, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date" he could have been talking about this summer in New England. Almost all of June was a washout - Boston had 22 days of rain during the month. That rain created a major breeding ground for mosquitoes and the potentially deadly diseases they carry - West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

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Leading Edge: Whipple Procedure

As a landscape architect, Karen Becker's business is nature. But there was nothing natural about the chronic pains in her stomach. When tests revealed a dangerous lesion that could be a precursor to pancreatic cancer, she turned to the specialists at BIDMC for a complex surgery called the Whipple.

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Clinical Corner: Breast Cancer Care Map: Helping Patients Find The Path To Health

When Sharon Canale found out she had breast cancer, her world turned upside down.

"I remember the doctor saying the words 'breast cancer' and everything after that was a blur. Treatment options, chemo, surgery - all of this information was being thrown at me and I was just focused on the fact that this disease could kill me," recalls the 36-year old mother of two.

The situation is the same for many patients - trying to listen to the horrifying news and understand the treatment recommendations while taking notes to remember what has been said by the healthcare provider - all while dealing with the emotions of a potentially life-threatening disease. It's a lot for anyone to handle.

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Health & Hope: Surviving Cancer with Faith, Focus and CyberKnife

As a financial advisor, Randi Meryl helps her clients grow their assets and secure their financial future. But her own future was very much in doubt three years ago when she was diagnosed with potentially deadly lung cancer.

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The Heart of BIDMC: Ruth Freiman: Protecting and preserving the history of BIDMC

She has been at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center longer than nearly any other employee and knows much about the groundbreaking medical care the hospital has provided to countless numbers of patients over the years. But Ruth Freiman is not a nurse, a surgeon, a scientist, or even a hospital administrator. For 30 years Ruth has been the Archivist at BIDMC, in charge of protecting and preserving the hospital's rich history.

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Q&A on Prostate Cancer with Dr. Andrew Wagner

It's a common cancer in men and the second highest cancer killer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 192,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and one out of every 35 men will die from the disease. With statistics like those, it's important to understand prostate cancer and the best steps to take to catch it early. We asked Dr. Andrew Wagner, Director of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to share his expertise and answer your questions.

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H1N1 Flu Update >>
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