In this week's issue: "Team-driven care: Ambulatory Practice of the Future now accepting new patients," "The buzz on caffeine and fertility," "Diabetes care redesign recommendations ready to be implemented" and more.
Stories in the 08/19/2011 Issue of Hotline
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data indicate that nearly 26 million people in the U.S. are affected by diabetes. David Nathan, MD, director of the Diabetes Center at MGH and co-chair of the Partners Diabetes Redesign Initiative, describes diabetes as a major chronic health issue that differs from other acute conditions like heart attacks, strokes and colon cancer.
A NOVEL THERAPY that reduces blood levels of a potentially toxic protein in women with preeclampsia, a dangerous complication of pregnancy, may someday address the therapeutic dilemma posed by the condition – balancing life-threatening risks to the mother with the dangers early delivery poses to a fetus.
Two fuzzy friends from Six Flags New England – Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird – stopped by MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) on July 25 to brighten the day of pediatric patients. Visiting the Ellison 17 and 18 playrooms and about 20 patient rooms, the characters handed out free tickets to Six Flags New England and superhero capes.
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR of providing MGH employees and their dependents with team-based primary care, the Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) is growing – and accepting new patients.
IT’S A DAILY RITUAL for many: a steaming hot cup of joe to kick off the morning. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. Americans drink more than 400 million cups a day, and women comprise roughly half of that consumption.
MEDICAL IDENTITY THEFT is a growing problem across the nation. On Aug. 30, the MGH will kick off the VERI (Verify Everyone’s Identity)-Safe Patient Care campaign, a hospitalwide effort to improve patient safety and prevent medical identity theft. When checking in for ambulatory practice visits, inpatient admissions and surgery, patients will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification (ID) such as a driver’s license.
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