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January 2011

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Top Story:

Snow shoveling5 Surprising Winter Ailments & How to Prevent Them

The flu. A fall on the ice. Frostbite. We all know about these common winter medical ailments. But there are others doctors see each year that may surprise you. Experts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) talk about five cold-weather health issues and offer tips on how to prevent them.  Read more >>

Leading Edge:

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

John HouleJohn Houle was lucky when he slipped and fell on his outdoor stairs last winter. Ongoing back pain from the fall ignited a series of tests for the New Hampshire firefighter-tests that showed he had cancer. That's when John went to BIDMC and Dr. Drew Wagner for a new type of minimally-invasive surgery. Watch his story and learn about this leading edge technique >>

Clinical Corner:

Dr. Michael D. WertheimerBreast Cancer Q & A

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer), impacting more than 192,000 women and their families. Dr. Michael D. Wertheimer, Director of the BreastCare Center at BIDMC, answers questions about the disease and its treatment. Read more >>  

Health & Hope:

Nils Ahlin's Weight Loss Journey

Nils AhlinA new year is upon us, which means if you're like most people, you have made at least one resolution for 2011. The most common pledge made at the start of a new year is to lose weight. For some people, that is as straightforward as modifying their diet and exercising more. For others, surgical intervention may be necessary. If you're considering weight loss surgery, read the story of Nils Ahlin whose weight loss journey led him to the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  Read his story >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

The Poor HistoriansDocs Who Rock

The Rolling Stones' song "Time Is On My Side" doesn't really ring true for medical residents. The long hours training to become licensed physicians leave little time for a life outside of work. But for five second-year Internal Medicine residents at BIDMC, there's always time for music. Read more >>

Health Headlines:


Beating Jet Lag

AirplaneIf you've ever traveled across time zones - whether it's to the West Coast or across the Atlantic - you've probably experienced jet lag, that sleepy, sick feeling that develops after a long flight. Last year, it looked like a new "jet lag" drug might soon be available, but as 2010 came to a close, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turned down the drug maker's application and the jet lag pill was shelved. But, there may be another way to avoid jet lag. Read more >>

Labor and Delivery Video TourTour Labor and Delivery From Home or Work

Parents-to-be are naturally excited as their delivery date nears and many want to view where the big event will take place. Now you can take a tour of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's labor, delivery and post-delivery units, right from your home or work computer.  Take the video tour >>

Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhDResearcher Receives International Award
for Work in Cancer Genetics

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center cancer geneticist Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2011 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR (American Association of Cancer Research) International Award for Cancer Research.  Read more >>