Brigham Offers Comprehensive Approach to Afib Management

Ablation imaging
Detailed, accurate renderings such as this one help guide operators during ablation, without use of fluoroscopy, enabling a safe, effective, and efficient ablation procedure.

The Heart & Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a well-established reputation for innovation in atrial fibrillation (Afib) treatment. Twenty years ago, the Brigham pioneered cryoablation therapy, which currently comprises about 20 percent of Afib ablations conducted worldwide.

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Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy for Head & Neck Cancer Patients

Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy
Image of tumor sample from a patient who demonstrated pathologic response to neoadjuvant pembrolizumab (10X magnification, courtesy of Dr. Rebecca Chernock)

Researchers at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) are advancing innovative approaches to decrease tumor recurrence rates in patients with HPV-negative squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN).

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The Lung Center Provides Specialized Treatment for TBM

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Chest CT: 62-year-old woman with tracheomalacia and emphysema.

An often-misdiagnosed lung condition is receiving special attention from a multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Lung Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Studying Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health in Young Adults

Young adults in masks at schoolThe COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for almost everyone, and different populations have been hit in different ways. For people aged 18–30 years, it has had an outsized effect on mental health, especially in terms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Study Finds RA not Associated With Increased Type 2 DM Risk

Person doing finger prick for diabetesDoes rheumatoid arthritis (RA) raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM)? Previous epidemiologic studies have drawn varying conclusions. Now, a large population-based cohort study bolsters the case that RA in fact is not associated with a heightened risk.

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Improving Telehealth in Psychiatry for Non-English Speakers

woman on phone at home

Telemedicine has become an increasingly important mode of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain specialties lend themselves to telemedicine to a greater degree than others. One of these is psychiatry, thanks in large part to relevance of observation and conversation with patients and their families to obtain neuropsychiatric history.

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Helping Families Navigate Multiple Pregnancy and Beyond

two pairs of newborn feet

In order to meet the unique demands and concerns of mothers and families expecting twins, triplets or higher-order multiples, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) launched the Comprehensive Care Center for Multiples in December. It is the first center of its kind in Massachusetts and one of only a few in the United States.

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Does Long-Term Regular Aspirin Use Prevent Frailty?

man on virtual visit

It is well-established that chronic inflammation may lead to frailty. Less understood is the potential of anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin to prevent this state of increased vulnerability.

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Optimizing Care for Every Patient With Genitourinary Cancer

Masked doctor and patient

Based on clinical expertise and patient volume, the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) is one of the top programs in the country for the treatment of genitourinary cancers. The integrated center draws on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists to provide exceptional patient care.

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Highlights of Abstracts From ACR Convergence 2020

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The American College of Rheumatology’s annual Convergence conference, which took place Nov. 5–9, featured significant contributions from Brigham and Women’s Hospital physicians and scientists. The tally included over 120 abstracts: two plenary presentations, 36 oral presentations, one late-breaking poster and 86 poster presentations.

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