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Feb 2010

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Health Topic:

Aging Healthfully

5 Things To Do Today To Make You Healthier As You Age

There's no day like today to start paying attention to your health - especially if you want to enjoy your later years without serious medical problems. Geriatric specialist Dr. Suzanne Salamon offers up 5 things you can start doing today to keep you healthy as you grow older. Learn more >>

Leading Edge:

Chronic Pancreatitis

BIDMC Researchers Target Brain To Treat Painful GI Disorder

After years of suffering from intense stomach pain, 16-year-old Wendy Kandell finally has a diagnosis…and hope. The Florida teen travels regularly to BIDMC and noted GI specialist Dr. Steve Freedman to undergo experimental treatments that are quieting her pain. Watch her remarkable story. Learn more >>

Clinical Corner:

Weight Loss Surgery

Q & A: The Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Benjamin Schneider

Dr. Schneider, bariatric surgeon, answers questions about the newest weight loss surgery technique, the gastric sleeve.
Read the Q&A >>

Health & Hope:

Rhythm Restored

After MiniMaze Surgery, Man Returns to
His Hummingbird Garden

Mostafa Salem of Framingham had felt his heart flip-flopping in his chest from time to time. A business analyst then in his 60s, he chalked the uncomfortable, quivering sensation up to stress and never suspected a medical condition called atrial fibrillation.
Read about a-fib and Mr. Salem's remarkable recovery >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

Jim Rodrigue

Inspired to Save Lives

Jim Rodrigue never set out to specialize in transplant psychology, but midway through college the business major chose a different path. Looking back, it was a combination of an influential psychology professor and his parents' grief over the loss of his brother Freddy, who had kidney disease, which made Rodrigue switch majors. Read about Jim >>

Health Headlines:

A Piece of the Migraine Puzzle

BIDMC Study Explains Why Light
Worsens Migraine Headaches

If you've ever felt the throbbing, nausea or fatigue of a migraine headache, you know lights only make the pain worse. Now researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are learning what causes light sensitivity in people suffering from migraines. Learn more >>

Helping Haiti

BIDMC Doctors Join in Haitian Relief Efforts,
Blog About Their Experiences

The devastation is indescribable - more than 100,000 people dead, tens of thousands more injured and in desperate need of medical care. Within days of the massive earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12, 2010, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center began stockpiling medical supplies to send to the area, and several BIDMC doctors were on the ground through Partners in Health, Operational Medicine Institute and other organizations, working with other medical teams from Boston and around the world to treat the thousands of victims of the quake. Learn more and view photo gallery >>

Stand Up for Good Health

Research Finds Prolonged Sitting
May Increase Risk of Disease

If you're reading this article sitting down, you may want to stand up. That's because new research suggests people who sit for prolonged periods of time have a higher risk of disease than those who get up and move, even just a little bit. Learn more >>