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2009-09-26 07:00:00

COLUMBUS, Ga., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac today announced that it has joined with the Be The Match bone marrow registry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Boston Red Sox to host a free bone marrow drive at CollegeFest 2009, the biggest back-to-school festival in New England. The event will take place in Boston's Hynes Convention Center on September 26th (from Noon-7pm) and September 27th (from Noon-6pm). The drive at CollegeFest this weekend is part of Aflac's nationwide...

2009-08-06 08:08:56

As President Obama and Congress weigh changes in the nation's health care system they must avoid creating a system where physicians are financially motivated to pressure patients into mandated treatments that conflict with their values and needs, two Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physicians warn.Writing in the Aug. 6 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, Pamela Hartzband, MD, and Jerome Groopman, MD, caution that health care reform carries with it the potential to create a...

2009-07-14 11:58:22

Earlier this year, a scientific team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Broad Institute identified a class of RNA genes known as large intervening non-coding RNAs or "lincRNAs," a discovery that has pushed the field forward in understanding the roles of these molecules in many biological processes, including stem cell pluripotency, cell cycle regulation, and the innate immune response.But even as one question was being answered, another was close on its heels: What,...

2009-06-04 07:34:05

Leading gerontologist suggests that changes in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements designed to help prevent hospital falls could have serious, unintended consequences Over the past 20 years, the health care system has made tremendous progress in reducing the use of physical restraints among hospitalized elderly patients, a positive change that has had numerous ripple effects, improving outcomes, maintaining mobility and preserving dignity and independence for these individuals. But, a new...

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2009-05-01 07:35:00

A paleontologist at North Carolina State University says she has discovered new evidence to support the idea that soft tissue and proteins can be preserved over long periods of geological time after a protein sequence was recovered from an 80 million-year-old duck-billed hadrosaur. Dr. Mary Schweitzer, along with colleagues Dr. John Asara of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Chris Organ of Harvard Medical School, and a group of researchers from Montana State...

2009-02-04 15:25:00

"QUESTIONS PATIENTS NEED TO ASK" Essential Information Every Patient Needs to Know NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- While hospitals across the country have taken great strides to strengthen themselves in the areas of quality and safety, there is always room for further improvement. Specifically, the growing consensus is the patients themselves and their families can play a greater role -- and feel more empowered - if they are provided with the appropriate knowledge and information to...

2009-01-15 10:21:20

Research aims to help doctors in counseling prospective patientsThirty years ago last summer, the world's first "test-tube" baby was born, and since then more than 1 million infants have been successfully conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF), the technique in which a woman's eggs and man's sperm are fertilized in a laboratory and then implanted in the mother's womb.When deciding whether or not to pursue IVF treatment, the obvious question of most patients is, "What is the chance...

2008-09-11 03:00:08

By Brezis, Mayer Belmaker, R H Mayer Brezis, MD, MPH Center for Clinical Quality & Safety, Hadassah Medical Center & School of Public Health, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Abstract: A landmark paper on Game Theory showed that individual maximization of profit necessarily endangers the public good, and since the problem has no technical solution, "it requires a fundamental extension in morality" (1). We propose here that public health, as a public good, now emerges as...

2008-04-30 12:00:08

BOSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following announcement was released by The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: WHAT: "Living with IPF" Free Educational Seminar for Patients and Their Families Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in partnership with The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF), is hosting a free seminar for patients and families living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a fatal disease that affects 128,000 Americans and claims as many lives...

2006-12-12 12:01:18

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, has received approval from the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish the State's only lung transplantation service. The service is expected to begin operation mid-2007. The letter of approval, signed by Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, states that patients who undergo lung transplantation are managed similarly...