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Released: 22-Sep-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Study reveals racial disparities in clinical trial recruitment and points to strategies to achieve more inclusive clinical research
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In a new study published in the journal Clinical Trials, researchers led by Stephen Juraschek, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) compared four electronic-based recruitment methods and four traditional recruitment methods to determine how different strategies may impact enrollment of groups traditionally under-represented in the medical literature.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 mortality rates higher among men than women
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A new review article from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) shows people who are biologically male are dying from COVID-19 at a higher rate than people who are biologically female.

Released: 10-Sep-2020 12:40 PM EDT
High blood pressure treatment linked to lower risk of orthostatic hypotension
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In a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine and presented at the virtual American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2020 Scientific Sessions, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that treatment for lower high blood pressure did not increase – and may have in fact decreased – the risk of developing orthostatic hypotension. The authors conclude that orthostatic hypotension, prior to or in the setting of more intensive blood pressure treatment, should not be considered a reason to stop or reduce treatment for hypertension.

Released: 9-Sep-2020 10:15 AM EDT
How Laughter Can Help Your Heart
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Stress is a well-known risk factor for heart disease. But the opposite of stress — laughter and lightheartedness — may actually help protect your heart. BIDMC experts weigh in.

Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate prevents severe clinical disease in animals
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In new research published in Nature Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center immunologist Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD, and colleagues demonstrated that the optimal vaccine elicited robust immune response in Syrian golden hamsters and prevented severe clinical disease — including weight loss, pneumonia and death.

Released: 28-Aug-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Study examines racial and ethnic disparities among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts
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In a new study published in Health Affairs, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examines the association between community-level factors and COVID-19 case rates across 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts between January 1 and May 6, 2020.

Released: 25-Aug-2020 4:45 PM EDT
One size may not fit all: BILH psychiatrists develop mental health app assessment tool
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Researcher-clinicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, both part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, have collaborated to develop an online assessment tool to help patients and providers make more informed decisions about choosing and using a mental health app.

Released: 10-Aug-2020 9:30 AM EDT
Heat-related Injuries and How to Stay Cool
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Before lathering on the sunscreen and heading outdoors, it's important to know the signs of heat-related injuries and how to stay cool when the temperatures soar.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest – July 2020 Edition
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The July 2020 Edition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Research & Health News Digest.

Newswise: Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine protects non-human primates
Released: 30-Jul-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Single-shot COVID-19 vaccine protects non-human primates
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A leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center creates the groundwork for a newly launched COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Dealing with Crohn's Disease During Pregnancy
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"Because it affects them in their childbearing years, women need to know when it is safe to get pregnant," says Dr. Jacqueline Wolf, a national expert on IBD and pregnancy and a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, shares her expertise on Crohn's disease and pregnancy.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 11:40 AM EDT
Screening for Hepatitis C: Not Just for Baby Boomers
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While screening guidelines for hepatitis C previously targeted baby boomers, experts say more universal testing guidelines should be followed for early detection and better outcomes.

Released: 23-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Study Finds Significant Decline in Emergent Medical, Surgical and Obstetric Hospitalizations During Early Phase of COVID-19
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Researchers from BIDMC report on the decline of emergent medical, surgical and obstetric hospitalizations at the medical center during the six-week period following the week of the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in Boston in mid-March 2020.

Released: 8-Jul-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers propose novel approach to limit organ damage, improve outcomes for patients with severe COVID-19
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In a paper published in Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, a team of researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital propose that controlling the local and systemic inflammatory response in COVID-19 may be as important as anti-viral and other therapies.

Released: 7-Jul-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Study: surgical delay associated with increased risk in some gastrointestinal malignancies
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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread cancellations of electively-scheduled or “non-emergency” operations were implemented to free up hospital beds and conserve protective equipment for health care workers. For some conditions, including cancer, timely surgery is critical for patients’ survival. In a new study published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, a team of investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) examined the effects of delaying surgery for gastrointestinal cancers.

Released: 1-Jul-2020 4:30 PM EDT
National Survey on COVID-19 Pandemic Shows Significant Mental Health Impact
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The findings of a nationwide survey assessing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the emotional wellbeing of U.S. adults show 90 percent of survey respondents reported experiencing emotional distress related to the pandemic.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 1:45 PM EDT
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest: June 2020 Edition
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A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Reducing severe breathlessness and psychological trauma in COVID-19 ARDS patients
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A new Viewpoint article published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society examines ventilation and medication strategies that can help avoid psychological trauma for severe COVID-19 survivors treated for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) with mechanical ventilation.

Released: 20-May-2020 5:05 PM EDT
BIDMC-developed vaccines protect against COVID-19 in non-human primates, study finds
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Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) and colleagues reported today in Science two studies of laboratory monkeys that suggest antibodies produced during recovery from COVID-19 provide immunity from the virus, whether triggered by infection or vaccine.

Released: 11-May-2020 11:25 AM EDT
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest – COVID-19 Special Edition
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A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Heart-Healthy Cooking with Pantry Items
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BIDMC dietitian Elisabeth Moore, RD, shares tips for grocery shopping and suggests heart-healthy pantry items to stock up on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Cabin Fever? BIDMC Podiatrist Offers Tips for Safe Outdoor Running
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BIDMC's Chief of Podiatric Surgery John Giurini, DPM, shares some insight on avoiding common injuries and knowing when it's time to see a podiatrist.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
How to Avoid Stress Eating
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Elisabeth Moore, RD, a dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, offers advice to help us make healthy snack choices during these trying times.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
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BIDMC’s Blair Wylie, MD, MPH, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Chloe Zera, MD, MPH, Director of Obstetric Population Health, provide some information and advice for expecting parents.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
When Is It Okay to Go to Urgent Care?
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Barbara A. Masser, MD, Medical Director at BIDMC urgent care centers in Chelsea and Chestnut Hill, offers advice to help you make the right decision when your care can't wait.

Released: 20-Apr-2020 12:10 PM EDT
BIDMC-led clinical trial identifies four novel 3D-printed swabs for use in COVID-19 testing
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A clinical trial conducted by a multi-disciplinary team from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has identified four novel prototypes of 3D-printed swabs that can be used for COVID-19 testing.

Released: 10-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
BIDMC enrolling patients in clinical trials evaluating existing drug as treatment for severe COVID-19
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Physician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are now enrolling patients in a clinical trial to evaluate a potential treatment of patients with COVID-19. Part of a multi-site investigation, the trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of sarilumab, a biologic medication already approved for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis, for the treatment of COVID-19.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 3:35 PM EDT
BIDMC launches clinical trial to assess common anti-clotting medication for treatment of COVID-19-related respiratory failure
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A team of physician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are now enrolling patients in a clinical trial to evaluate a common anti-clotting drug for the treatment of COVID-19-positive patients with ARDS. The newly launched trial follows a special report the team published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery that suggested the use of a drug called tPA could reduce deaths among patients with ARDS as a complication of COVID-19.

Released: 31-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EDT
BIDMC physician-scientists spearhead effort to address nationwide COVID-19 testing swab shortage
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As the numbers of patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 in the United States continue to rise exponentially, physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, launched a collaborative and open-source effort to address the shortage of swabs that is hampering the nation’s ability to test for and track the spread of the virus. The team’s mission is to catalyze the development and clinical validation of novel designs for swabs for COVID-19 testing that can be manufactured quickly and in large numbers.

Released: 24-Mar-2020 2:55 PM EDT
BIDMC launches clinical trials evaluating anti-viral drug remdesivir as treatment for COVID-19
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Physician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) are now enrolling patients in two clinical trials testing treatment options for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Two trials, led by infectious disease specialist Kathryn Stephenson, MD, MPH, will test the antiviral drug remdesivir for safety and efficacy against the respiratory infection that has sickened more than 300,000 and killed more than 15,000 around the world to date.

Released: 12-Mar-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Geriatrician vs. PCP: What’s the Difference?
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BIDMC geriatrician Medha Munshi, MD, breaks down the difference between a geriatrician and a PCP.

Released: 10-Mar-2020 2:45 PM EDT
Low-income older adults dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid have substantially higher mortality rates than adults solely enrolled in Medicare
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In a new study published today in JAMA, a team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) evaluated how health outcomes for low-income older adults who are dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid have changed since the early 2000s.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EST
Platinum-based Agents are Not Superior to Standard Chemotherapy for Patients with Breast Cancer Who Carry BRCA Mutations
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BIDMC clinician-researchers provide new evidence about the optimal way to treat patients who carry BRCA mutations who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 1:20 PM EST
Expert available: MCAT & its use in medical school admissions
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Rich Schwartzstein, MD, Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC, available for interview to discuss his perspective on the MCAT and its use in medical school admissions.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EST
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest
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A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 11:55 AM EST
Study highlights potential need to standardize quality measurement for cardiovascular care
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In a new study, a team of BIDMC researchers evaluate how hospitals awarded for high quality cardiovascular care by the AHA/ACC performed under federal value-based programs.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 12:10 PM EST
BIDMC Marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science
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February 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN-Women to promote the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. BIDMC has a long history of women researchers in medicine and science. Below is a brief list of only a few of our distinguished women leaders.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 11:35 AM EST
Heart Health Month Special Edition of BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest
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Welcome to the Heart Health Month Special Edition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Research & Health News Digest. February is Heart Health Month. This special edition includes consumer-friendly news and research briefs specifically tailored to Heart Health Month:

Released: 3-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
Changing Your Exercise Routine
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Jeremy Robbins, MD, a cardiologist at BIDMC, discusses how altering the intensity of your workout or trying a new activity may benefit your cardiovascular and mental health.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
Ensuring a Heart-Healthy Pregnancy
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Loryn Feinberg, MD, Director of Women's Cardiovascular Health at BIDMC, discusses how a highly specialized treatment approach is important for women with underlying cardiovascular issues who want to become pregnant as well as for women who develop cardiac problems during pregnancy.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 4:50 PM EST
Panic Attack vs. Heart Attack: How to Tell the Difference
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Patricia Tung, MD, a cardiologist at BIDMC, outlines the key differences between a panic attack and a heart attack.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 9:45 AM EST
BIDMC’s Research & Health News Digest: January 2020
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A monthly roundup of research briefs showcasing recent scientific advances led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center faculty.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Study shows orthostatic hypotension not associated with higher risk of adverse events among patients undergoing more intensive blood pressure treatment
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Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that orthostatic hypotension was not associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events, falls, or fainting among participants in The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial. In a study published in the journal Hypertension, the scientists showed that hypertension treatment had no impact on the link between OH and cardiovascular outcomes or other adverse events.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Blood pressure drug linked to lower risk of gout
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A new study led by physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) reports that the antihypertensive drug amlodipine lowered long-term gout risk compared to two other drugs commonly prescribed to lower blood pressure. The findings are published in the Journal of Hypertension.

Released: 21-Jan-2020 10:35 AM EST
New study debunks notion that salt consumption contributes to weight loss
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Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that reducing sodium intake in adults with elevated blood pressure or hypertension decreased thirst, urine volume and blood pressure, but did not affect metabolic energy needs. These results support the traditional notion that decreasing sodium intake is critical to managing hypertension – disputing recent studies.

Released: 17-Jan-2020 10:15 AM EST
Study: Critical Care Improvements May Differ Depending on Hospital’s Patient Population
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A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reveals that while critical care outcomes in ICUs steadily improved over a decade at hospitals with few minority patients, ICUs with a more diverse patient population did not progress comparably.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 5:30 PM EST
Everything You Need to Know About the Flu
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Sharon Wright,MD, MPH, BIDMC’s Senior Medical Director of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shares everything you need to know about the flu.

Released: 8-Jan-2020 3:15 PM EST
Program encourages female medical students to specialize in orthopaedics
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In findings published recently in the Journal of Surgical Education, a team at BIDMC and colleagues reported that annual workshops offered to female medical students boost the presence of women in the field of orthopaedic surgery.


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