An Introduction to Hearth Rhythm Disorders

An Introduction to Hearth Rhythm Disorders

Health Hub

In an arrhythmia, abnormal electrical signals through the heart muscle may cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. This introduction covers the various types of arrhythmias, symptoms, and treatment options.

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Q&A with New Chief of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

Q&A with New Chief of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service

On a Mission

William Henry Sauer, MD, discusses his vision for the department and how an expert team of electrophysiologists are providing leading-edge care for abnormal heart rhythms that affect a variety of patients, particularly those with complex medical concerns.

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Heart Disease: 7 Differences Between Men and Women

Heart Disease: 7 Differences Between Men and Women

Health Hub

Men and women have differences in their cardiovascular systems. And yet, until recently, women with heart disease have been diagnosed and treated like men—with the same tests, same procedures, and same medications.

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Why Are Heart Attacks Striking Younger People?

Why Are Heart Attacks Striking Younger People?

Health Hub

Heart attacks among adults younger than 50 years of age are on the rise, according to researchers at Brigham Health.

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Atrial Fibrillation: New Guidelines to Prevent Stroke Risk

Atrial Fibrillation: New Guidelines to Prevent Stroke Risk

Health Hub

To reduce stroke risk in patients with Afib, the American Heart Association now recommends a newer class of anticoagulants, known as non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), over warfarin.

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Weight Loss Surgery: Exploring Your Options

Weight Loss Surgery: Exploring Your Options

Health Hub

If you have struggled to lose weight through more conservative means or may be experiencing negative impacts to your health and wellness, weight loss surgery may be an option.

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How to Protect Your Spine as You Age

How to Protect Your Spine as You Age

Health Hub

At Brigham Health, a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists and pain specialists collaborate to get patients back to their lives as quickly as possible.

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Cancer Diagnostic Services Expedites Next Steps in Care

Cancer Diagnostic Services Expedites Next Steps in Care

On a Mission

For clinically complex patients who present with signs or symptoms of cancer, the Cancer Diagnostic Service (CDS) at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) can expedite a diagnosis and avoid unnecessary testing and delays.

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Brigham’s TAVR Program Achieves High Volume with Speed and Efficiency

Brigham’s TAVR Program Achieves High Volume with Speed and Efficiency

On a Mission

In April 2018, the Program celebrated it’s 1,000th case, making it the fastest to reach this milestone in New England. The Program is on pace to reach 1,300 by the end of 2018.

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Pushing the Boundaries of Robotic-assisted Colorectal Surgery

Pushing the Boundaries of Robotic-assisted Colorectal Surgery

On a Mission

With more than 300 robotic-assisted surgeries to date, the Brigham has become a leader in New England in volume of robotic-assisted colorectal surgery. In 2019 alone, Dr. Goldberg aims to perform 150 cases.

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Leading the Country in the Care of Patients with Hereditary GI Cancers

Leading the Country in the Care of Patients with Hereditary GI Cancers

On a Mission

Over the past two decades, the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center has become a national leader in the care of patients with hereditary gastrointestinal cancers, from Lynch syndrome to polyposis syndromes.

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Automated Texting Tool Improves Patient Preparedness for Colonoscopy

Automated Texting Tool Improves Patient Preparedness for Colonoscopy

On a Mission

To improve patient preparations and decrease no-show rates, a team at the Brigham conducted a 3-month pilot study using a texting tool to provide patients with a digital colonoscopy prep guide before their procedure.

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Male Infertility: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments

Male Infertility: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments

Health Hub

What if there was a drug that could restore hearing? Chronic hearing loss affects hundreds of millions of people across the world, and yet no treatment exists.

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The Brigham’s Bioengineers: Reversing Hearing Loss

The Brigham’s Bioengineers: Reversing Hearing Loss

Clinical & Research News

What if there was a drug that could restore hearing? Chronic hearing loss affects hundreds of millions of people across the world, and yet no treatment exists..

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Improved Drug Screening Using 3D Bioprinted Organs and Tissues

Improved Drug Screening Using 3D Bioprinted Organs and Tissues

Clinical & Research News

Brigham bioengineers are using 3D bioprinting to create almost any living tissue structure. These 3D models look and function almost exactly like the human structures they represent. .

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An Introduction to Heart Rhythm Disorders

An Introduction to Heart Rhythm Disorders

Brigham

In an arrhythmia, abnormal electrical signals through the heart muscle may cause the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. This introduction covers the various types of arrhythmias, symptoms, and treatment options.

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7 Things You Should Know About TAVR

7 Things You Should Know About TAVR

Brigham

For those diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis, the minimally invasive procedure, known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), has become a quicker and less invasive option for appropriate patients.

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An Introduction to Coronary Artery Disease

An Introduction to Coronary Artery Disease

Brigham

Coronary artery disease, or coronary heart disease, affects more than 16 million Americans. This overview covers symptoms of coronary artery disease and treatment options from standard cases to the most complex.

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How to Choose a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist

How to Choose a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist

Health Hub

If you have a chronic medical condition, or a complicated pregnancy, you may want to include a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist on your care team.

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The Remarkable Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

The Remarkable Health Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Health Hub

Weight loss surgery isn’t simply about losing weight. It can also cure—or prevent the development of—many health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

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Severe Migraines: Should You Try the New CGRP Antibody Therapy?

Severe Migraines: Should You Try the New CGRP Antibody Therapy?

Health Hub

If you suffer from disabling migraines, here’s what you should consider before trying the new CGRP antibody medication.

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Expanding the Frontiers of Breast Cancer Immunotherapy

Expanding the Frontiers of Breast Cancer Immunotherapy

On a Mission

One of the most exciting medical breakthroughs in the past decade has been treating various cancers with immunotherapies, but they haven’t been successful in breast cancer, particularly in metastatic breast cancer.

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Back or Neck Pain? Surgery is the LAST Option

Back or Neck Pain? Surgery is the LAST Option

Health Hub

Unless you are experiencing neurological problems, such as sciatica, weakness or numbness in their arms or legs, or severe pain, surgical treatment is the last option for back or neck pain.

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Can Patients at Low Risk of Surgery Have TAVR?

Can Patients at Low Risk of Surgery Have TAVR?

On a Mission

The Brigham is currently participating in clinical trials to evaluate whether TAVR has equal benefits for patients who are considered low-risk for open heart surgery.

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Microendoscopic Surgery Offers Alternative for Spine Patients

Microendoscopic Surgery Offers Alternative for Spine Patients

On a Mission

Microendoscopic spine surgery can treat patients with a range of spinal disorders—including disc herniation, spinal stenosis and sciatica.

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How to Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain

How to Break the Cycle of Chronic Pain

Health Hub

Reversing chronic pain involves a multi-pronged treatment approach that addresses the issue at many levels.

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A Biopsychosocial Treatment Model for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A Biopsychosocial Treatment Model for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

On a Mission

The Brigham has pioneered a broader approach to improving the health of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by focusing on lifestyle, health education and psychosocial aspects that contribute to IBD.

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How to Reduce Exposure to Hidden Hormones

How to Reduce Exposure to Hidden Hormones

Health Hub

Many common personal care products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals known as endocrine disruptors that have been associated with health problems.

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Same-Day Joint Replacement

Same-Day Joint Replacement

On a Mission

The Brigham makes the push toward same-day joint replacement.

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The Brigham’s Bioengineers: Forecasting Disease

The Brigham’s Bioengineers: Forecasting Disease

Clinical & Research News

The first story in a series of stories about how these investigators translate understandings of biology into novel diagnostic materials, medical devices and therapies.

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Treating the Whole Person with Integrative Medicine

Treating the Whole Person with Integrative Medicine

Health Hub

Research shows that many areas of integrative medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic care and therapeutic massage offer significant benefits for a wide range of medical conditions.

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8 Tips to Sleep Better and Wake Up Refreshed

8 Tips to Sleep Better and Wake Up Refreshed

Health Hub

Sleep tips from Stuart Quan, MD, clinical director of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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How to Prevent Back Pain During Pregnancy

How to Prevent Back Pain During Pregnancy

Health Hub

Back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women. In fact, 50 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy.

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NICU Redesigned with Families in Mind

NICU Redesigned with Families in Mind

Health Hub

Having a premature baby can be stressful, which is one of the reasons why Brigham and Women's new NICU facility offers a more open and welcoming environment for families and their babies.

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Multiple Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Multiple Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Health Hub

You’re pregnant with more than one baby. It’s an exciting time, but a multiple pregnancy can increase the risk for complications.

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Innovative Video-Assisted Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery, Less Pain

Innovative Video-Assisted Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery, Less Pain

Health Hub

A patient was speaking with her physician by phone after a recent chest X-ray when he said four words that would change her life: “You have a lesion."

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10 Myths About Contamination

10 Myths About Contamination

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

A story I ghostwrote about controlling the spread of infectious agents in animal facilities. read more

Fighting Cancer: Better Models Make Better Drugs

Fighting Cancer: Better Models Make Better Drugs

Huffington Post

A story I ghostwrote about oncology animal models called “cancer avatars." read more

Of a Certain Age? Time for a Colonoscopy

Of a Certain Age? Time for a Colonoscopy

HealthHub

The American Cancer Society recommends that both men and women undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years, starting at age 50. read more

From Visits to Visas, IPC Helps International Patients Navigate Care

From Visits to Visas, IPC Helps International Patients Navigate Care

HealthHub

When Ying Zhang decided to pursue breast cancer treatment in the US, she faced the daunting task of leaving her home country. read more

A Case of Legionnaires Podcast

A Case of Legionnaires Podcast

Eureka

This episode of EurekaLab discusses the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the American Legion convention in 1976. With sounds effects and compelling music, the spoken story follows one man with Legionnaires. read more

Lung Transplant Program

Lung Transplant Program

Vital Lines

Brigham and Women's Lung Transplant Program tripled its volume over a two-year period, performing 75 lung transplants in 2017. read more

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Vital Lines

Minimally invasive surgery offers most effective treatment for lung cancer patients. read more

How to Create an Ergonomic Workstation

How to Create an Ergonomic Workstation

HealthHub

Tips for creating an ergonomic workstation to increase comfort, avoid injury, and maximize productivity. read more

Community Health Workers: A Model for the Global Health Community

Community Health Workers: A Model for the Global Health Community

HealthHub

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, an anthropologist and physician, discusses how community health workers helped Rwanda achieve the steepest declines in mortality ever documented. read more

The Hospital of the Future May Be Your Bedroom

The Hospital of the Future May Be Your Bedroom

HealthHub

The “Home Hospital” model uses sophisticated technology to offer advanced care in the comfort of a patient’s home. read more

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

How to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

HealthHub

There are currently no FDA-approved, disease-modifying agents for Alzheimer's disease. However, research suggests that some lifestyle factors may lower one’s risk of developing the disease. read more

Q&A with Elite Cyclist: How to Exercise, Eat and Sleep During Menopause

Q&A with Elite Cyclist: How to Exercise, Eat and Sleep During Menopause

HealthHub

In this Q&A, Team Brigham Health cyclist, Susan Lynch, explains how she stayed healthy through 20 years of menopausal symptoms. read more

Men’s Sexual Health: Five Things You Need to Know

Men’s Sexual Health: Five Things You Need to Know

HealthHub

Understanding how sexual health issues are caused, diagnosed, and treated can help men restore sexual function and regain confidence in their sex lives. read more

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Common Hip Condition

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Common Hip Condition

HealthHub

For those with a common hip condition, known as FAI, minimally invasive surgery can repair damage around the hip socket and may prevent a hip replacement years down the line. read more

Understanding Thyroid Nodules

Understanding Thyroid Nodules

HealthHub

A thyroid nodule is a solid or fluid-filled lump in the thyroid. Most are not serious and don’t cause symptoms. read more

New Depression Treatment: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

New Depression Treatment: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

HealthHub

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA-approved treatment for people with treatment-resistant depression. read more

Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease?

HealthHub

Loneliness may be an early sign of brain changes that lead to Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a recent study. read more

Race Across America (Infographic)

Race Across America (Infographic)

HealthHub

A look inside the longest-running ultra-endurance cycling event read more

Having Trouble Controlling Your Asthma?

Having Trouble Controlling Your Asthma?

HealthHub

Asthma affects approximately 25 million Americans. Roughly 5 to 10 percent of these people experience severe asthma. read more

An Alternative “Approach” to Hip Replacement Surgery

An Alternative “Approach” to Hip Replacement Surgery

HealthHub

The "anterior approach" to hip replacement surgery offers lower risk of dislocation, reduced hospital length of stay, faster recovery, and less post-operative pain. read more

Egg Freezing: Listening to Your Biological Clock

Egg Freezing: Listening to Your Biological Clock

HealthHub

For professional women with a lot to juggle, elective egg freezing offers a means to postpone fertility. read more

Lyme Disease: Prevention, Detection and Treatment

Lyme Disease: Prevention, Detection and Treatment

HealthHub

Lyme disease is an infection that is transmitted through the bite of a tick infected with a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. read more

How to Choose an IVF Program

How to Choose an IVF Program

HealthHub

With hundreds of IVF programs in the US, conducting a search can be daunting. Here are pointers from infertility specialist, Dr. Mark Hornstein. read more

Breast Reconstruction: New Surgical Approaches

Breast Reconstruction: New Surgical Approaches

HealthHub

Plastic surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are now offering women several new options for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. read more

Hip-Spine Syndrome: It’s Complicated (and Often Overlooked)

Hip-Spine Syndrome: It’s Complicated (and Often Overlooked)

HealthHub

Hip-spine syndrome is a condition where both hip and spine problems are occurring in tandem. read more

Going Often? Benign Prostate Symptoms are Common in Old Age

Going Often? Benign Prostate Symptoms are Common in Old Age

HealthHub

Urinary symptoms are often symptoms of a non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which most men develop later in life. read more

Suffer from Migraines? The Most Cutting-Edge Treatment Isn’t a Drug

Suffer from Migraines? The Most Cutting-Edge Treatment Isn’t a Drug

HealthHub

Integrative approaches to migraine treatment, focusing on lifestyle modifications, can lessen the intensity and duration of migraines. read more

Treating Movement Disorders

Treating Movement Disorders

HealthHub

For some people with movement disorders, focused ultrasound and deep brain stimulation can help treat symptoms that don't respond to medications. read more