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Smart Lenses Will Do More Than Just Improve Your Vision

Some forty million Americans wear contact lenses, but imagine if those lenses could do more than just bring the outside world into focus?

02/10/2012

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Get Discounts On Medications With Co-Pay Assistance Cards

A growing number of local governments, doctors offices and non-profit agencies are offering co-pay cards to help people get discounts on their prescription medication.

10/11/2011

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6 Questions To Ask Your Surgeon

“There are a series of about six questions that really cover the essential concerns that any patient would have in discussing а potential surgical procedure with a physician,” says Dr. Elliot Chaikof MD.

07/15/2011

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A “Navel” Idea: New Technique Can Remove Gallbladder With One Small Incision

First, there was laparoscopic surgery, which allowed a surgeon to remove the gallbladder through small incisions in the abdomen. Though much less invasive than traditional open surgery, it still required making several cuts in the abdominal wall.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Procedure Successfully Treats Brain Aneurysms

On a sunny spring day in 2009, Mary Ann Tosi was sitting in a Needham church, attending a memorial mass for her parents. As she sat with her family in a back pew, a pain crept up the back of her head.

07/14/2011

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New Technology Means Kidney Cancer Can Now Be Treated Laparoscopically

Charlie Fischer was driving home from a high school basketball game he had officiated in late November of last year when he started to suffer from a sudden onset of severe, stabbing pain in his back.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Procedure Effective For Treating Fibroids In Some Women

A minimally-invasive procedure has been shown to successfully treat uterine fibroids while requiring little downtime for the patient and preserving the woman’s uterus.

07/14/2011

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Physicians Are Often The First To Seek A Second Opinion

A second opinion is appropriate whenever the patient feels the need to seek one. Some patients may get the benefit of a second opinion of their case even though they never asked.

07/14/2011

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Minimally-Invasive Surgery Offers Greater Options For Esophageal Cancer

For the 16,000 people who are diagnosed each year with cancer of the esophagus – the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach – the surgery many face is complicated. It often involves major incisions to open the chest, abdomen and neck in order to remove the esophagus and craft a new tube, fashioned from the stomach.

07/14/2011

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Live Donor Kidney Transplant Program Thriving At BIDMC

Patients with failed kidneys typically have to spend about five years on dialysis waiting for a transplant from a deceased person to become available. But those lucky enough to have a family member or friend who will donate one of their kidneys can skip the wait–and generally do better in the long run.

07/14/2011

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