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November 2010

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Top Story:

Healthy Holidays:
Start now to keep weight and stress levels in check

As the song goes, the holidays are supposed to be, " The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," however for a lot of us, this time of year means eating too much, not exercising enough, and stressing even more than usual. But with a few simple changes, a little mindfulness, and a touch of discipline, you can enjoy the holidays without the extra pounds or increased stress levels. Read more >>

Leading Edge:

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

When most people think of ultrasound, they picture a baby in the womb. But this imaging modality can be used for much more. One exciting application is called Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK US). It can be used to see the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, such as rotator cuff tears, tendons and ligaments in the knee, elbow, ankle, hand and wrist. Learn more about the benefits of this versatile technique >>

Clinical Corner:

Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease

It's not pleasant to talk about, but Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic illness that can cause a variety of difficult symptoms. Dr. Adam Cheifetz, Clinical Director for the IBD Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, answers common questions about the condition. Read more >>

Health & Hope:

Crystal SwensonPatient's Courage and Surgeon's Skill Turn
Traumatic Injury into Hope for Recovery

Crystal Swenson, a 28-year-old outdoors enthusiast, was skiing with friends in the mountains of New Hampshire when on the first trail of the day, she fell and suffered a potentially fatal neck injury - dislocating her skull from the top of her spine -- that initially went undiagnosed. Read her story >>

The Heart of BIDMC:

Lead Clinical Applications Web Developer

When a loved one is being rushed into the operating room, the last thing on anyone's mind is computer code. But when the OR nurse pulls up a patient's medical history and sees he's allergic to a certain medication, it's technology that provides that crucial information quickly and accurately. And it's BIDMC Lead Clinical Applications Director Kevin Afonso who creates the program that makes that possible. Read more >>

Health Headlines:

Taking Steps to Reduce CT Scan Radiation Exposure

CT scans are a valuable tool to help doctors diagnose injuries, detect illnesses and help in the planning of treatment. But they are not without risk. Radiologists at BIDMC and elsewhere are now taking actions to reduce the amount of radiation to which CT scan patients are being exposed. Read more >>

Give Thanks: With an eCard

Thanksgiving is here, and there's no better time to be thankful and check out the offerings on Grateful Nation, where patients, families, friends and staff of BIDMC come together in gratitude to support the Medical Center. Send a loved one an eCard or sign up to receive a Daily Gratitude e-mail! Read more >>

Developing Faster Way to Test Cancer Drugs

Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, is testing a new streamlined way of developing targeted therapies known as the "Co-Clinical Trial." The new approach will help doctors learn much more quickly which patients with which mutations are being helped - or not being helped - by targeted cancer drugs. Read more >>