When people experience low back pain, they often retreat to their beds for rest, but doctors warn that too much bed rest can actually aggravate the pain more. Most often pain can be alleviated with physical therapy and exercise. The challenge is figuring out the source of the pain, according to Clare E. Safran-Norton, PT, Ph.D., a clinical supervisor and physical therapist in the Department of...
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Exercise for low back pain

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For the BWH nurses on 15CD, “allowing for miracles” is the essence of the care they provide to their patients and their families, who are primarily surgical oncology patients. The unit’s clinical practice council even created blue rubber bracelets with the words “allowing for miracles” in yellow writing. Members of the clinical practice council found that the bracelets often serve as a...
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Noticing the Miracles Around Us: Tower 15CD

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January is National #BloodDonorMonth! Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. All blood and platelet donors will receive a thank-you gift of a gray embroidered fleece vest and a J.P. Licks voucher for a beverage for donating in January or February at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at DFCI and BWH. To schedule your appointment, email your preferred date, time and...
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Winter is here! From the Wellness section of the new Brigham Health magazine, learn how to protect your muscles and joints from the cold to reduce pain and stiffness.

Keep Moving This Winter - Brigham Health

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Special thanks to Project Sweet Peas - Southern New England for dropping this special delivery off for some tiny patients who are eagerly awaiting the New England Patriots AFC Championship game this Sunday. We know who they will be rooting for.
When Ash Nadkarni, MD, of the Department of Psychiatry, was offered the opportunity to start seeing some patients through virtual visits, she jumped at the chance. For patients with medically complex conditions, getting to a behavioral health appointment can be physically challenging. “A lot of times, these patients are medically ill, and appointments in person can be uncomfortable for them,”...
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Convenience and Compassion: Telehealth Delivers Both to BWH Patients

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Meet the Amuzu Family. Sedina Amuzu gave birth to her daughter Brianna in 2014 at just 27 weeks. Brianna weighed in at one pound, 12 ounces, which is not abnormal for many of the babies placed in the The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In this video, learn about the emotional challenges NICU families face upon arrival and the supportive care that the...
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NICU Graduates: Amuzu Family Video - Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Brianna Amuzu was born in 2014 at 27 weeks, weighing one pound, 12 ounces. Her mother Sedina describes...

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Being healthier in 2017 is a great goal, but where should you start? With our 8 Steps to a Healthier You in 2017 guide, you can get closer to your new year's goal of getting healthy! Tip #1 is Practice Prevention. To get the rest, download your FREE guide now: [ Bit.ly Link ]
REGISTER NOW to run the 2017 Boston Athletic Association #5K with the #SteppingStrong team and forward your B.A.A. confirmation email to aluthman@partners.org! Last year’s race sold out in a day, so don’t delay! #runwithpurpose [ Baa.org Link ]
With the #OpioidEpidemic sweeping the country, many physicians are working to move away from prescribing substances that only fuel the illicit drug market, but for most physicians, the ability to prescribe a less harmful alternative to #opioids is far from easy. In this Washington Post feature from Douglas Jacobs, MD, a resident physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, learn the barriers...
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I’m a doctor who wants to treat addiction, but the rules won’t let me

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Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, speaks with The New Yorker about the lack of value being placed on the steady management of complex and chronic illnesses in the heath care industry today.

The Heroism of Incremental Care

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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of hip replacements in the U.S. has increased substantially over the past 10 years. Orthopaedic surgeons have several ways of reaching the hip joint during a hip replacement surgery. The traditional technique, known as the “posterior” approach, reaches the hip joint through the buttock muscles. Less commonly used is the...
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HealthHub | Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Blog | An Alternative “Approach” to Hip Replacement Surgery

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Researchers out of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School recently uncovered a new way to tell if a man's #ProstateCancer will come back. The findings indicate that if a blood test called a #PSA doesn't fall to low enough levels after treatment, it means the cancer's not all gone and will likely come back and spread. "Instead of waiting to see if PSA has gone up, this can tell...
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A simple test can predict who is most likely to die of prostate cancer

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Join Brigham and Women's Hospital in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrating the legacy he left that lives on to this day. #MLKDay
When it comes to questions about fertility, the research and explanations people find can be endless and often daunting to sift through. In this Shape article, read what some of the top ob-gyns in the country have to say about conception, including BWH's Daniela Carusi, M.D.

7 Things Ob-Gyns Wish You Knew About Your Fertility

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According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Many sufferers are quick to look at surgical interventions for treatment, but Michael Groff, MD, Director of the Neurosurgical Spine Service at Brigham and Women's Hospital, warns you may want to hold off on scheduling that surgery consult. “70 to 80 percent of the people get...
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Surgery for low back pain … not so fast!

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Could a nap be what's missing from your daily work schedule? Many physicians and companies believe it to be true and have embraced the culture of napping while at work. In this NBC Boston feature, learn the benefits napping has on your overall health and productivity from sleep expert, Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., MD, a senior physician in the Sleep and Circadian Disorders program at Brigham and...
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Napping on the Job?

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"We have the people and we have the ideas—and with strong NIH funding, we can move these concepts past the idea stage and transform the future of medicine.” BWH President Betsy Nabel
Dr. Nabel joins the Zetema Project, a unique initiative aimed at enhancing the national dialog on US healthcare by bringing together a diverse panel of top healthcare leaders to share and debate key problems and...
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Maintain NIH Funding To Enable Life-Changing Medical Breakthroughs

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In 2017, BWH will receive the newest generation ultra-high field 7.0 Tesla (7.0T) MRI scanner, which is the most advanced scanning technology to be installed for clinical use in North America. Learn about how clinicians and researchers are working with technology to diagnosis patients, develop treatments and seek cures for the world’s most devastating diseases in the first issue of the new...
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Ways of Seeing - Brigham Health

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Resolve to give this January and join us on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/ Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile, the traveling extension of the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. See below for links to make your appointment online for our public blood drives! Donors receive a warm and fuzzy fleece vest as a thank you for their donation. #donateblood #blooddrive

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