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November 2011

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Top Story

Prepping for Winter Sports

Winter may be on its way, but that doesn't mean you have to hibernate. Cold, snowy New England winters give us the opportunity to stay active outdoors with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating. But as several BIDMC doctors will tell you, it's important to get in shape for winter sports - and care for your body as well - so you can enjoy the season without injury.
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Get in shape for winter! Try these four exercises »


Leading Edge

Urine Test for Prostate Cancer?

The PSA test - the blood test most commonly used to detect prostate cancer in men - has come under increased scrutiny. Experts seem to agree that while helpful, the PSA test is far from perfect. That's why researchers at BIDMC have embarked on a major study to determine if a simple urine sample can help doctors detect prostate cancer.
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Clinical Corner

Medical Records Go High-Tech

BIDMC's Chief Information Officer, John Halamka, MD, discusses the benefits of electronic medical records, the security involved, and how BIDMC has been a national leader in helping patients access their personal records online.
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Story of Hope

Parkinson's Patient Keeps Moving with Zumba

When Allan Vayle was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he began to lose control of his daily movements. With the help of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic at BIDMC, Allan met others with Parkinson's and was thrilled to learn how well he can move to the Latin beat of Zumba.
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The Heart of BIDMC

Mandee Martin: Creating Patient Smiles

Mandee Martin's official job is Unit Coordinator for Emergency Radiology at BIDMC, but it's a different type of imaging for which she is known. For several years, Martin has been brightening the lives of patients and staff alike by painting monthly murals on the window in the ED.
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Health Headlines


Sugar and Cancer?

BIDMC Cancer Center Director Lewis Cantley, PhD, has soured on sugar. He believes that dietary sugar increases insulin resistance and that insulin signaling may be a necessary step in many human cancers, particularly breast and colon cancer.
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Chronic Acid Reflux, Pre-Cancer, and New Treatment

A minimally invasive, outpatient treatment for Barrett's Esophagus, called Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy, was first offered in Boston by BIDMC. Dr. Ram Chuttani, Director of Interventional Gastroenterology, says this is now the accepted treatment for BE rather than major surgery.
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Safety Concerns Over Newer Forms of the Pill

The FDA will hold a public meeting next month after saying it is "concerned" that a newer generation of birth control pills may raise the risk for serious blood clots more than older forms of the Pill.
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