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The Importance of Placebo Effects to Medical Care

The "placebo effect" is often described as events that occur when patients show improvement from treatments that contain no active ingredients. A "Perspectives" article in the July 2 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine proposes that placebo...
26-Jun-2015 4:05 PM EDT

Eliminate Emotional Harm By Focusing on Respect and Dignity For Patients

BOSTON – Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report “To Err is Human.” In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel...
1-Jul-2015 2:30 PM EDT

BIDMC Cancer Center Director Knighted by the Republic of Italy

Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, Director of the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been knighted by his native country of Italy. Pandolfi, an internationally recognized cancer geneticist, was honored on June 3 at Boston's...
4-Jun-2015 2:05 PM EDT

Single 30-Day Hospital Readmission Metric Fails To Reflect Changing Risk Factors

BOSTON – A new study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) suggests that risk factors for readmission change significantly over the course of the 30 days following hospital discharge. Thirty-day hospital readmission...
2-Jun-2015 10:30 AM EDT

Study Identifies Possible Role for Carbon Monoxide in Treating Hemorrhagic Stroke

Carbon monoxide is typically associated with brain injury and neurological symptoms. But a new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that when administered in small, carefully controlled amounts, CO may actually...
22-May-2015 2:05 PM EDT

How to Short Circuit Hunger

The drive to tame gnawing hunger can sabotage even the best-intentioned dieter. Now, investigators have identified the brain circuit that underlies this powerful physiological state, providing a promising new target for the development of...
24-Apr-2015 11:00 AM EDT

Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution May Pose Risk to Brain Structure, Cognitive Functions

BOSTON – Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study led by scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine suggests that...
23-Apr-2015 4:00 PM EDT

The Placebome: Where Genetics and the Placebo Effect Meet

As researchers are discovering that placebo responses are modified by a person's genetics, investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are raising questions as to how "the placebome" will impact both patient care and drug development.
13-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

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