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Dec 2009 / Jan 2010

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

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Be Prepared

Are you ready for an emergency?

It's a cold and snowy night in the dead of winter. You wake up at 3am with a raging fever. You drag yourself, half asleep, to the medicine cabinet only to find you've run out of aspirin…and Tylenol. Since you live alone, you have no choice but to get in the car and drive to the nearest 24-hour pharmacy. But the wind is gusting and your car is buried under a foot of snow. If only you had been more prepared…
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Leading Edge:


Video games making physical therapy fun and productive at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Kolya-Lynne Smith may be suffering from multiple sclerosis and recovering from brain surgery, but she can still beat tennis star Venus Williams on the court. In fact, the 33-year old does it several times a day as part of her physical therapy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn more >>

Clinical Corner:

Dr. Thanh Dinh

Dr. Dinh answers some of your podiatry questions to help us all put our best foot forward.

During the holidays we tend to spend more time than usual on our feet - cooking in the kitchen, standing for hours at holiday parties (often in heels), and traversing the mall in search of gifts. In BIDMC's Podiatry Division, doctors like Dr. Thanh Dinh provide a full range of foot and ankle care, as well as more advanced care for sports injuries, trauma and diabetic foot disorders. Read the Q&A >>

Health & Hope:

Ian's Story

Grateful to Be Alive

Ian McDaniel has much to be grateful for this holiday season. A horrific car accident left him fighting for his life. When a local hospital did not have the resources to help, the teenager was rushed to Boston. Hear from Ian, his emotional mother and the expert trauma team from BIDMC that worked quickly to keep Ian alive. Watch a video and hear Ian's story >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

Nancy Kleiman

Harpist Brings Soothing Sounds to Hospital

Every hospital is a busy place filled with sound - the shrill wail of an ambulance siren, the constant beep of heart monitors, the shuffle of staff members hard at work, patients on their way to appointments and anxious family members visiting their ailing loved ones. Read about Nancy >>

Health Headlines

New Guidelines Create Confusion About Breast Cancer Screenings >>
How Michael J. Fox is helping BIDMC research >>
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