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2011-04-07 13:48:16

BMI at adolescence, well within the normal range, can predict risk of early type 2 diabetes and heart disease in young adults in a differential manner A new 17 year follow-up study of 37,000 Israeli teenagers found that diabetes risk is mainly associated with increased body mass index (BMI) close to the time of diagnosis at early adulthood, while coronary heart disease risk is associated with elevated BMI both at adolescence and adulthood. The findings are published in the April 7 issue of...

2011-03-25 19:05:48

About 5 percent of prescriptions are designated 'dispense as written;' practice adds to health care costs and decreases medication adherence Approximately five percent of prescriptions submitted by CVS Caremark Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) members in a 30-day period during 2009 included a "dispense as written" (DAW) designation. This practice "“ whereby doctors or patients demand the dispensing of a specific brand-name drug and not a generic alternative "“ costs the health...

2011-03-25 08:00:00

WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately five percent of prescriptions submitted by CVS Caremark Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) members in a 30-day period during 2009 included a "dispense as written" (DAW) designation. This practice - whereby doctors or patients demand the dispensing of a specific brand-name drug and not a generic alternative - costs the health care system up to $7.7 billion annually, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard...

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2011-03-22 11:40:00

A power line accident left a 25-year-old man horribly disfigured, but now he has successfully received the nation's first full face transplant, various media outlets are reporting. Dallas Wiens underwent over 15 hours of surgery by a team of 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an organ donor. The match was based on gender, race, age and blood type, said the hospital. Wiens' was injured in...

2011-03-10 13:26:49

A team of researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that approximately one out of every twelve adult smokers have abnormal lung densities present on chest computed tomography (CT) images suggestive of interstitial lung disease which is associated with substantial reductions in lung volumes. In addition, despite being positively associated with smoking, these lung densities were inversely not associated with emphysema. This research is published online on March 10th in the...

2011-03-02 16:46:43

Melatonin is known to have cancer-protective properties, and shift work can induce desynchrony of the circadian system, reducing melatonin production. Shift work has been thought to have important health impacts, with evidence linking shift work to an increased risk of several cancers including breast, endometrial, prostate, and colorectal, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  In a recent study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) found that shift work may be associated with a...

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2011-02-25 08:20:00

Experiencing hot flashes and night sweats early on in menopause could be a good thing, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Menopause. Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern University reviewed medical information from 60,000 women who were enrolled in a health study for a period of 10 years, according to a February 24 press release. They discovered that those who experienced these types of symptoms when they began menopause were less likely...

2011-02-03 13:29:41

In work that could jumpstart the promising field of cell therapy, in which cells are transplanted into the body to treat a variety of diseases and tissue defects, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have engineered cells that could solve one of the key challenges associated with the procedure: control of the cells and their microenvironment following transplantation. In the work, reported in the journal Biomaterials on January 26, the team reports creating tiny internal depots...

2011-02-02 19:40:17

A study from the 1000 Genomes Project yields data for analyzing structural variants in DNA Advances in DNA sequencing technology have revolutionized biomedical research and taken us another step forward in personalized medicine. Now, scientists led by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Broad Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), the University of Washington, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, have developed a new framework for...

2011-02-01 22:56:07

Researchers have identified a cell in zebrafish that can be transplanted from one fish to another to regenerate nephrons, providing the potential to improve kidney function It is estimated that up to 10 percent of the U.S. population may have some form of renal disease, with 450,000 patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring hemodialysis. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh have identified a cell in zebrafish...