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In this week's edition: "Sports Medicine Service welcomes new chief," "A package deal," "In memoriam: Cesar Villa, RN," and more

Stories in the 08/09/2013 Issue of Hotline

A package deal

Whirling through the halls of Ellison 16, a motorized wheelchair is pulled over by Police and Security. The man using the wheelchair, with a megawatt grin, is Kevin Currie, an MGH Mail Services volunteer, and the traffic stop is just another practical joke concocted by his adoring coworkers.

Changes at Eat Street Café

The Eat Street Café will look a little different starting Aug. 15. A wall will be constructed to block off a portion of the café to accommodate a patient food services renovation project.

Drives for Durant

On the greens of Oyster Harbors Golf Course in Osterville, Mass., golfers recently teed off to support the Thomas S. Durant, MD Fellowship for Refugee Medicine, which raised $57,000.

FDA sets new labeling regulations for gluten-free foods

In a long-awaited step toward accurate gluten-free food labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its definition of “gluten free” to be used by food manufacturers.

In memoriam: Cesar Villa, RN

Cesareo “Cesar” Villa, RN, who worked in the MGH operating room for more than 40 years before he retired in 2009, died July 26. He was 71.

MGH study finds nerve damage in some fibromyalgia patients

About half of a small group of patients with fibromyalgia – a common syndrome that causes chronic pain and other symptoms – was found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN).

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service welcomes new chief

Matthew T. Provencher, MD, has been appointed chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

What's Happening: Aug. 9, 2013

What's Happening: Aug. 9, 2013

White House official learns about MGH’s substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts

Benjamin B. Tucker, deputy director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, recently visited Charlestown to meet with area residents and MGH physicians and staff to discuss substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts.

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