Latest Women's Hospital Stories

2008-07-24 00:25:00

Along with all the other changes that come with age, healthy older people also lose some capacity for sleep, according to a new report published online on July 24th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. When asked to stay in bed for 16 hours in the dark each day for several days, younger people get an average of 9 hours of shuteye compared to 7.5 for older people, the researchers report. "The most parsimonious explanation for our results is that older people need less sleep," said...

2008-07-17 12:01:18

BOSTON and SIOUX FALLS, S.D., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brigham and Women's Hospital and LodgeNet Healthcare, a division of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation , announced an agreement that brings the LodgeNetRX(TM) Interactive Patient Television System to more than 700 patient beds at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Brigham and Women's Hospital, an internationally renowned teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, launched the system this July to provide patients with...

2008-06-27 12:03:10

By Miranda Baines, The Reidsville Review, N.C. Jun. 27--Dr. John Ferguson delivered the last baby at Annie Penn Hospital at 5:22 p.m. Wednesday. Chasity Abbott of Pelham gave birth to a 7-pound, 2-ounce baby girl, Tatiyana Chasity Abbott. "The delivery went great. The mother was wonderful," said Ferguson. Chasity said she didn't know she would be the last woman to give birth to a baby at Annie Penn until she arrived at the hospital around 8 a.m. Wednesday. "She came quicker than I...

2008-04-09 14:50:00

Eating seven or more eggs a week could increase a person's risk of death, researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on Wednesday.Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School noted that while eggs can be a good source of other nutrients, overconsumption could produce an early death. Their results add to the ongoing debate over how safe eggs are to eat."Whereas egg consumption of up to six eggs a week was not associated with the risk of...

2008-04-03 12:01:27

A phase 1 clinical trial to test a novel HIV/AIDS vaccine has begun at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). This new vaccine aims to overcome the problem of preexisting immunity to common vaccine vectors, which is thought to be a major problem in the developing world. "This study will involve 48 healthy volunteers who will receive either two or three immunizations and who will be followed to assess the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine," explains Lindsey R. Baden, MD, Assistant...

2007-06-24 21:00:10

By JESSICA FARGEN At one of the country's most esteemed cancer centers, where great phycisians combat the rarest diseases, Dr. Monica Bertagnolli takes the cases no one else can. Colleagues say her surgical skills save patients who have few places to turn to rid their bodies of stubborn and deadly cancers. And her prowess in the lab has influenced the drugs that tens of thousands take to prevent colon cancer. "I would consider her one of our superstars," said Dr. Michael Zinner, chief...

2005-10-13 04:48:22

BOSTON -- Physicians monitoring patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery should be on the alert for a new, potentially dangerous hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) complication that, while rare, may require quick treatment, according to a new study by collaborating researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and published in the October issue of the journal Diabetologia. The paper follows on the heels of a...

2005-06-07 07:25:00

Study found $8.8 billion could be saved each year in U.S. The United States could save $8.8 billion a year, or 11 percent of total drug expenditures, if adults substituted generic medications for brand-name drugs. But this easy opportunity to cut down on health-care costs is often lost, said the authors of a study appearing in the June 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. "It's a lot of money at relatively low cost," said study author Dr. Jennifer S. Haas, an associate professor of...

2005-01-20 08:16:41

One glass a day benefited older women, study finds HealthDayNews -- A drink a day may keep dementia away. That's the conclusion of a new study that found that older women who had one alcoholic drink a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of cognitive impairment, compared to women who abstained. This small benefit may translate into bigger benefits later in life. "A decent proportion of women we see who are having more memory changes than other women will go on to get dementia," said senior study...

2004-12-24 08:25:11

Five decades of progress set the stage for future advances HealthDayNews -- Fifty years ago today, Dr. Joseph E. Murray led a team of surgeons at Boston's Peter Bent Brigham Hospital -- now Brigham and Women's Hospital -- that gave Richard Herrick a second shot at life. In the process, the doctors revolutionized modern medicine. Herrick, who was dying of kidney disease, received a donor kidney from his identical twin, Ronald. The transplant -- the first successful human organ transplant --...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'