Newswise — Welcome to the latest edition of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Research & Health News Digest.
This edition’s update includes:
- Hepatitis C experts available: BIDMC physicians urge hepatitis C screening for adults of all ages (Infectious Disease, Liver Center)
- Stop the distractions with these safe driving tips (Injury Prevention)
- Minimally invasive prostate procedure improves quality of life (Interventional Radiology)
- Study highlights potential need to standardize quality measurement for cardiovascular care (Cardiovascular Medicine)
- Former basketball coach credits BIDMC for saving his life (Organ Transplant)
- Breast cancer survivor decides to 'go flat' following double mastectomy (Breast Cancer/Surgery)
If any of these briefs pique your interest and you’d like to speak with one of our experts, please contact us at email@example.com or at 617-667-7300. You can also reach the BIDMC communications team member on call through the BIDMC page operator at (617) 667-4700 by asking for pager ID #33880.
The BIDMC Media Relations Team
BIDMC Research & Health News Digest
Hepatitis C experts available: BIDMC physicians urge hepatitis C screening for adults of all ages
This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a final recommendation statement on expanding screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in all adolescents and adults ages 18 to 79. In an accompanying editorial published in JAMA, Camilla S. Graham, MD, MPH, Infectious Disease Specialist at BIDMC, makes the case for universal HCV infection screening in all adults aged 18 to 79 years, regardless of known risk factors as well as for teens who engage in injection drug use. The expansion to universal screening is also strongly endorsed by Michael Curry, MD, Medical Director of the Liver Transplantation Program at BIDMC. Both experts are available for interview on this important public heath topic.
Stop the distractions with these safe driving tips
Kathryn Kowalsky, LCSW, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for BIDMC’s Trauma Program, shares some tips for keeping your drive distraction-free.
Minimally invasive prostate procedure improves quality of life
When Ed was diagnosed with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), a noncancerous condition extremely common in older men where the prostate enlarges, his interventional radiologist, Sahil Mehta, MD, informed him of a minimally invasive procedure – prostate artery embolization (PAE) — that would effectively treat BPH without surgery. Learn more about this approach.
Study highlights potential need to standardize quality measurement for cardiovascular care
In a study published in JAMA Cardiology, researchers led by Rishi Wadhera, MD, MPP, MPhil, an investigator in the Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at BIDMC, found that hospitals that received awards from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology for the delivery of high-quality care for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure were more likely to be financially penalized under value-based programs than other hospitals.
Former basketball coach credits BIDMC for saving his life
BIDMC patient and former basketball coach, Victor, says a double organ transplant at BIDMC gave him a second chance at life. He credits his transplant care team at BIDMC, including Michael Curry, MD, Section Chief of Hepatology and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, and James Chang, MD, his cardiologist, for saving his life.
Breast cancer survivor decides to 'go flat' following double mastectomy
BIDMC patient and breast cancer survivor, Devorah, shares her empowering story of "going flat." Her surgeon, Ted James, MD, Chief of Breast Surgery and Co-Director of the BreastCare Center at BIDMC, supported her in making the choice that was right for her.