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In this week's issue: "Circular Letter bicentennial," Palliative care: New study shows improved quality of life, extended survival in lung cancer patients," "MGH Transplant Center hosts inaugural golf tournament," and more.

Stories in the 08/27/2010 Issue of Hotline

Circular Letter bicentennial

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 On Aug. 20, 1810, Drs. James Jackson and John Collins Warren penned a petition calling for the support of efforts to establish a hospital in Boston.

Cops for Kids with Cancer

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 During what's become a summertime tradition, several pediatric cancer patients, along with their siblings and parents enjoyed an evening filled with exciting activities designed to give them a break from the stresses of cancer treatment.

Iftar: A Muslim tradition shared

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 One of the religious observances during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is Iftar, the communal breaking of the daily fast.

Instant care for the smallest, sickest patients

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Imagine it's the middle of the night, and a resident in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) needs to consult with the attending physician on call about a patient.

MGH grant supports study of electronic insulin-order system

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Administering the correct dosage of insulin to hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes is a top issue in quality and safety for many hospitals.

MGH Transplant Center hosts inaugural golf tournament

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Nearly 100 golfers -- including MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; MGPO Chairman and CEO David F. Torchiana, MD; and Chief of the MGH Division of Transplantation James F. Markmann, MD, PhD -- took to the links at the Weston Golf Club July 12 for the inaugural MGH Transplant Center Golf Classic.

Palliative care

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Integrating palliative care early in the treatment of advanced lung cancer not only improved patients' mood and quality of life, but also extended their lives.

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