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Feb / March 2009

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Health Topics: Love Your Heart This Valentine's Day!

February 14th is Valentine's Day, a holiday that traditionally focuses on feelings of the heart, not to mention flowers, candy, and the occasional marriage proposal. Why not make this Valentine's Day different and do something physically good for your heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one American dies every 34 seconds from heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases.

Click here to find out how to keep your heart strong with a few simple tips >>

Clinical Corner: Meet da Vinci - our robot in the OR

It's not science fiction, it's reality - a robot that allows surgeons to operate with extreme precision, but without a major incision. BIDMC's Dr. Drew Wagner, director of minimally invasive urologic surgery, introduces us to da Vinci.

Click here for more >>

Health & Hope: BIDMC's 1000th CyberKnife Patient

Experience means everything to Frank Cleary. When he was diagnosed first with melanoma and then brain tumors, the retired Boston attorney put his life in the hands of the team of skilled veteran doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Click here to watch a video on how Boston's experienced CyberKnife team helped Frank >>

The Heart of BIDMC: Meet Jane Kontrimas

Imagine you're in a foreign country and you get seriously injured. You are taken to a hospital, but since you don't speak the language, you have no idea what the doctor is saying. You are hurt and in an unfamiliar place with strangers you don't understand. The doctor is looking frustrated and you're starting to get nervous.

That's when a woman with a soothing voice tells you not to worry -- you realize she is speaking your language! You breathe a sigh of relief, and so does the doctor.

Jane Kontrimas knows this story well. She has been that soothing voice to thousands of Russian-speaking patients in her 30 years as a Medical Interpreter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Click here to learn more about Jane >>

Health Headlines

Better Chances for Baby? New Study Details IVF Success Rates >>
Socializing May Lower Risk of Dementia >>
Weight May Contribute to Ovarian Cancer Risk >>

Just the Facts

Summertime isn't the only time to be concerned about protecting your skin. Winter's dry, frigid air can damage your skin and make you wish you lived somewhere warmer. But there are some simple ways to save your skin from winter's wrath.

Click here for some helpful hints on winter skin care from BIDMC Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Reynolds >>

Focus on Research

BIDMC Researchers Probe Causes of Condition that Killed TV Newsman Tim Russert >>
When "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert died suddenly last spring, people around the country were shocked. How could this talented, intelligent, 58-year old die so unexpectedly when his doctors were monitoring his heart disease?