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2011-05-24 18:38:18

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have been in use for more than 30 years, but have only increased in utilization in recent years, due in part to research supporting the benefits of EMRs and federal legislation. As EMRs have become a standard in medical care, there is a need for additional research of how the system and usage can be refined. A group of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have done just that, and discovered that one way false information can make its way into EMRs is...

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2011-05-12 09:40:00

Researchers looking to treat emphysema and other diseases believe they have discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ's tissues. Stem cells can produce a wide variety of specialized cells and, if used correctly, can be harnessed to repair damage from diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes. The study is reported in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine by Drs. Piero Anversa and Joseph Loscalzo and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital...

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2011-04-26 13:25:10

Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed the nation's second full-face transplant. A team of over 30 doctors, nurses and other staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital worked for over 14 hours last week to replace the full facial area of 30-year-old Mitch Hunter. The procedure replaced Hunter's nose, eyelids, lips, facial animation muscles and the nerves that power them and provide sensation. Hunter suffered his injuries during a 2001 accident involving a high-voltage electrical wire. The...

2011-04-19 12:37:36

Each year, more than two million critically ill patients are transferred from one hospital emergency department (ED) to another for appropriate care. With the ability to successfully import data from a CD-ROM containing the patient's diagnostic medical images, hospitals may be able to significantly reduce unnecessary medical imaging tests, some of which expose patients to radiation. These findings are reported in a new study published in the July issue of Radiology. According to researchers...

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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