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June / July 2009

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Health Topics: Walk Your Way To Better Health

The long New England winter is over at last! As the sun emerges from the clouds and the mercury in the thermometer begins to rise, now is the perfect time to get outside and do something good for your body. It's as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Walking has health benefits for your heart, your lungs, your brain, your muscles and bones. It doesn't require expensive exercise equipment and you can do it almost anywhere.

Click here to learn more >>

Leading EdgeLeading Edge: New Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It's a painful condition affecting more than 8 million Americans each year. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the structures inside the wrist tunnel, or carpal tunnel get squeezed causing pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist. No one knows what causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but now there's a new minimally invasive therapy to treat it called the Mirza Procedure - and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was the first hospital in Boston to offer it.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about the Mirza Procedure >>

Clinical Corner: Summer Skin Care

with BIDMC's Chief Dermatologist Dr. Robert Stern

The arrival of warm weather means more time outdoors and more reasons to protect our skin from damage posed by sunshine, poison ivy and tick bites.

Click here for advice on how to keep your skin healthy >>

Health & Hope: A Second Chance for Victor Ortiz

Basketball has always been a big part of life for Victor Ortiz. An avid athlete since he was young, Victor spent 33 years as a school counselor and head basketball coach at Brockton High School. As coach, his mission was not just to teach his teenage players how to dribble, pass and shoot - it was to teach them how to work together, support one another and never give up. Last year, those lessons became even more important to the 60-year old when his liver and kidneys began to fail and he battled for his life.

Click here to learn more about Victor >>

The Heart of BIDMC: Meet Amanda Reed

The patient was very ill and very upset. After years of substance abuse, he was desperately in need of a liver transplant. His addiction had led him to alienate his family and now lying in a hospital bed, waiting for a donor match he felt completely alone.

But he was not alone. By his bedside was Amanda Reed, Transplant Social Worker at the Transplant Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She held the patient's hand, listened to his fears, and over time, helped him make amends with his family.

Click here to learn more about Amanda >>

Health Headlines

H1N1 Flu Update >>
Is A Little Sunshine Good For Your Brain >>
Coffee May Have Some Health Benefits >>

Just the Facts

Walking By The Numbers >>