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According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, doctors treat nearly 6 million patients with broken bones each year. The recovery for these injuries is often complicated and can take months, but a new tool hopes to change that. "So if we can find something that gets people back to normal life and back to work sooner, it can be a huge impact," said Michael Weaver, MD, an orthopedic...
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New tool for measuring broken bones may help shorten recovery

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In the past decade, the number of certified genetic counselors in the U.S. rose by 88 percent, according to a 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Professional Status Survey. That number is likely to keep rising, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a growth rate of 29 percent for genetic counseling positions from 2014 to 2024. In this three-part series, BWH...
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Genetic Counselors: Making results meaningful to clinicians, patients and study participants

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It is well known that a woman is able to become pregnant (fertile) only during a certain part of her monthly cycle. That is just before and during ovulation. By learning when you ovulate, you can predict when you’re likely to be fertile, but how do you know? Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, MD, Ph.D., the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics at Brigham and Women’s...
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How do I know when I’m ovulating? | PregnancyMagazine

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This past fall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital launched a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. BWH began by enrolling roughly 60 patients this fall, and plans to scale up to 500 patients in early 2017. Eligible patients must be diagnosed in the hospital’s emergency department with...
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mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Next Generation is a BWH Clinical & Research News (CRN) column penned by students, residents, fellows and postdocs. This month’s column is written by Vin Gupta, MD, MSc, a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at BWH, policy researcher at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a member of the United States Air Force's Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT). Gupta shares his...
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The Next Generation: On the Lookout for Threats to Global Health

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Stephen Elledge, PhD, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has been named a 2017 recipient of the Breakthrough Prize, which honors paradigm-shifting discoveries in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics. Elledge was recognized for his trail-blazing work on DNA damage. The prize — said to be the largest in the world for science...
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BWH researchers have found that a genetic mutation known to be a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease is also closely linked to memory loss in people with Parkinson’s. This knowledge may lead to more precise clinical trials that “match the right therapies with the right patients,” said Clemens Scherzer, MD, of the Department of Neurology, who led the study and heads up the Neurogenomics Lab and...
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Parkinson’s Disease and Cognitive Decline: Genetic Link Revealed

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What will be most important to you when the time comes to die? It's a tough question that is typically not a conversation that patients, families and physicians enjoy having. Unfortunately, the consequences of putting off this conversation are that people often experience their final moments in a hospital room hooked up to machines, which in many cases is not what they want. A program at...
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Changing How Patients and Doctors Talk About Death

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What will be most important to you when the time comes to die? It's a tough question that is typically not a conversation that patients, families and physicians enjoy having. Unfortunately, the consequences of putting off this conversation are that people often experience their final moments in a hospital room hooked up to machines, which in many cases is not what they want. A program at...
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Changing How Patients and Doctors Talk About Death

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Last month, BWH’s Kidney Transplant Program honored both donors and recipients at its inaugural Living Donor Appreciation Night, which focused on the life-changing impact of a living donation. “Patients with a living kidney donor can be transplanted healthier and more quickly, and the transplanted organ remains viable for almost twice as long when compared to a kidney from a deceased donor,”...
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BWH Pays Tribute to Living Kidney Donors and Transplant Recipients

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Tight-end Rob Gronkowski -Gronk of the New England Patriots recently made the choice to undergo potentially season-ending surgery for a herniated disc and impinged nerve in his spine. Christopher Bono, MD, chief of orthopedic spine service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, spoke with the Boston Herald regarding the injury and how soon it may be until Gronkowski is healthy enough to return to...
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Rob Gronkowski’s season looks sacked by back woes

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A new study reported that 45% of American workers get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, which is especially troublesome when you consider how sleep is tied to less productivity, accidents, and various health issues. CBS News spoke with Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., MD, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, regarding the study and changes that can be made to ensure you get a restful...
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Americans' lack of sleep harms health, costs economy hundreds of billions

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Meet Adam Barrett. In 1985, Barrett was just 23 years old when his doctor told him to prepare for death after being diagnosed with #HIV. “What I knew about the disease at the time was, you got sick and you died, and it was ugly,” said Barrett. “It was painful and it was emotionally ugly. These were the days when families were abandoning family members.” Against all odds, he lived to see 25...
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Kalter: Living with HIV 30 years later

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Decades of rampant antibiotic overuse has given rise to very serious, sometimes deadly superbugs such as C. difficile, which now sickens half a million Americans every year. Jeffrey Linder, MD, an internal medicine doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, spoke with Men's Journal about the problem and what patients and physicians should do to combat the issue. “I always give the example of...
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Is Your Doctor Giving You the Wrong Antibiotics?

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Today we feature Joann Totten, a devoted mother, wife, radiation therapist and stage IV lung #cancer patient at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. In this BWH HealthHub blog post, Joann recounts her initial shock upon finding out that a non-productive cough was actually cancer and the hope she has been able to find post-diagnosis thanks in large part to the support she has received...
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Finding Happiness Despite Stage IV Lung Cancer | HealthHub | Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Blog

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As a participant in ACS NSQIP, BWFH is required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and collect data that directs patient safety and the quality of surgical care improvements.

BWFH receives national recognition for meritorious outcomes from the American College of Surgeons

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Maria Shriver's Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement recently announced the distribution of the five women-based grants to leading researchers dedicated to answering the question of why Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects women. Included on the list of the five recipient organizations was the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. “We are so grateful...
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The Women's Alzheimer's Movement Awards Grants to Propel Women-Based Research - Maria Shriver

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Help us make sure our tiniest most vulnerable patients get home safely by making a gift towards our $160,000 Winter Campaign. Give Now: BWHgiving.org/GivingTuesday
As families step off the elevator and enter the newly redesigned Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), they walk through a welcoming open space with natural light and views of the outdoors. Creating a comforting and family-centered environment is important in a unit that cares for premature infants, says Dr. Terri Gorman, a neonatologist and Co-Medical...
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Redesigned NICU Offers a Comforting and Family-centered Environment | HealthHub | Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Blog

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