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Oct / Nov 2009

Medical news, inspiring stories, and more!

Health Topics: Flu Season 2009 -- What You Need To Know

Bonnie Shniderson loves the fall for the foliage, but there's one thing about fall the 37-year old mother of two is not looking forward to - the start of flu season. And with the added concern of H1N1 Swine flu, this year she's dreading it even more.

"I'm not generally a worry wart, but I feel there's a lot of hype around the flu this year," says Shniderson. "There's a lot of misinformation out there. Parents talk and they don't always know what they're talking about. I look to my pediatrician for the facts."

Separating fact from fiction is crucial to protecting yourself and your family from influenza. So read on and find out what you need to know to stay healthy this flu season.

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Leading Edge: Heart Scan: Nuclear Technology Provides New, More Comfortable Cardiac Test

As a long-time medical technologist, Margaret Stokes knows part of the success of an imaging test - especially one that takes time to administer - is patient comfort.

"If the patient is not comfortable, they will fidget, which impacts the quality of the image," says Stokes. "Being at ease can not only make a difference in terms of what radiologists can see and diagnose, it makes for an overall better patient experience. They are much happier."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is the first in New England to offer the Cardius X-ACT Rapid Cardiac Imager. Unlike traditional nuclear scan technology which usually places the patient lying down on their stomach with hands above the head, the Cardius imager allows the patient to be seated upright without strain on any part of the body.

Click here to learn more about the Cardius X-ACT Rapid Cardiac Imager >>

Clinical Corner: Migraines with Dr. Carrie Bernstein, headache specialist at the Arnold Pain Center.

One in ten people in this country is a migraineur (a person who gets migraines). In fact, migraine headaches are among the most common disabilities in the world (more common than diabetes and asthma). Yet they are often misunderstood, even among doctors.

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Health & Hope: Watchful Waiting: New BIDMC study confirms that active surveillance is alternative to surgery for some with prostate cancer

Don Peccerill is living with prostate cancer. He opted not to undergo surgery or seed implants. Instead, doctors are monitoring his cancer with a treatment called Watchful Waiting or Active Surveillance.

Click here to watch a video and hear Don's story >>

The Heart of BIDMC: OR Staff Help Haitian Family - One Cuss at a Time

An unassuming, pastel-colored ceramic jar sits on a desk outside the operating rooms on the west campus of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A closer look reveals that this jar is a piggy bank, used for taking bad words and turning them into good deeds.

Click here to learn what the OR staff is doing to help >>

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