Latest Women's Hospital Stories

2013-01-17 13:44:36

Teams using checklists were 74 percent less likely to miss key life-saving steps in care during emergency situations than those working from memory alone In an airplane crisis–an engine failure, a fire–pilots pull out a checklist to help with their decision-making. But in an operating room crisis–massive bleeding, a patient's heart stops–surgical teams don't. Given the complexity of judgment and circumstances, standard practice is for teams to use memory alone. In a...

New Tool Helps Brain Surgeons Test Brain Tissue During Surgery
2013-01-10 13:25:09

Purdue University A new tool that could allow for faster, more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery successfully identified the cancer type, grade and tumor margins in five brain surgery patients, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The tool sprays a microscopic stream of charged solvent onto the tissue surface to gather information about its molecular makeup and produces a color-coded image that reveals the nature and concentration...

2013-01-01 10:49:10

Changes in pill appearance significantly increase the odds that patients will stop taking their drugs as prescribed Generic medications currently account for over 70 percent of prescriptions dispensed. However, while generic drugs are clinically bioequivalent to the brand-name version, they often differ in their physical characteristics, such as color and shape. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that some patients who receive generic drugs that vary in their...

2012-11-20 11:46:19

More than 85,000 medications are discontinued each year by physicians, yet while physicians share this information with their patients, it is too often not shared with the pharmacists. This communication gap, identified by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, allows discontinued medications continue to be dispensed at pharmacies, representing an important patient safety concern. The study will be published on November 20, 2012 in the...

Device That Can Detect, Capture And Release Rare Cancer Cells Inspired By Marine Animals
2012-11-13 14:49:22

Brigham and Women's Hospital A research team at Brigham and Women's Hospital has developed a novel device that may one day have broad therapeutic and diagnostic uses in the detection and capture of rare cell types, such as cancer cells, fetal cells, viruses and bacteria. The device is inspired by the long, elegant appendages of sea creatures, such as jellyfish and sea cucumbers. The study will be published online on November 12, 2012 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

2012-10-30 19:05:43

Commercial medical tapes on the market today are great at keeping medical devices attached to the skin, but often can do damage–such as skin tissue tearing–once it's time to remove them. A research team from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has invented a quick-release tape that has the strong adhesion properties of commercial medical tape, but without the ouch factor upon removal. The team was led by Jeffrey Karp, PhD, BWH Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of...

2012-09-20 16:11:21

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have found that pharmaceutical industry sponsorship of a research study negatively influences physicians' perceptions of the study and their willingness to believe and act on the research findings All major clinical trials now include disclosures detailing who funded the study to ensure transparency. However, is it possible that this transparency is actually hurting research? One might assume that the methodological rigor of the study matters to...

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