Medicine

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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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Cyberknife: Surgery Without Cutting For Hard-To-Reach Tumors

More than 50,000 people have turned to it to treat hard to reach cancers: Cyberknife RadioSurgery uses real-time, image-guided robotics to accurately target tumors and lesions that may otherwise be untreatable.

07/14/2011

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Back In The Pilot Seat After Rectal Surgery

Flying high was always part of Joshua Sager’s life plan. He would become a well-respected Navy fighter pilot on his way to a Squadron Commander title. He had found the girl of his dreams. But, just before finishing up his Master’s degree work at Naval College, he noticed some irregular bleeding.

07/14/2011

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Surgeons Remove Kidney Tumor With Leading-Edge Technique

John is a busy man, a firefighter in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a member of the Pats Peak Ski Patrol. He is athletic, daring, and tough. So when he slipped and fell on the stairs outside his home last winter, he didn’t think much of it. But a few days later, John’s back was still bothering him.

07/14/2011

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Help Speed Your Recovery From Surgery

“One of my main concerns is helping people get moving after surgery. Your surgeons will have some very specific recommendations based on the procedure that you had done, about what you should and shouldn’t do right after surgery. But we have some recommendations that just about everybody can follow,” says Kathleen Shillue.

07/14/2011

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Mass. To Get Share Of $69M Settlement With Drug Company

Massachusetts will get a share of a nearly $69 million settlement with Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals.

03/10/2011

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Medicine Is Next For IBM’s Watson

Fresh off its shellacking of two human champions of the “Jeopardy!” television show, a computer program developed by IBM Corp. will soon get a workout in two hospitals that have signed up to test the technology.

02/17/2011

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Curious About Prescriptions For Over-The-Counter Medication

There are some over-the-counter medication that require you to get a prescription for now.

01/25/2011

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Mass. Pharmacies Will Start Asking For IDs

Starting January 1st, new regulations will require pharmacists to check customers IDs for more than 250 prescriptions.

12/29/2010

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