COVID-19 Test Results in 24 Hours

Team clinicians and researchers in Clinical Molecular Pathology and Microbiology

Brigham and Women’s Hospital successfully validated a COVID-19 test for admitted patients, offering results within 24 hours. A team of experts from the Department of Pathology have been racing against the clock in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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ED Diabetes Rapid-Referral Program Leads to Improved Mortality and Other Benefits

Picture a woman with acute diabetes arriving at the emergency department at 2 a.m. Her blood glucose level is extremely high and she is experiencing chest pain. Upon ruling out a heart attack and seeing no sign of hyperglycemic crisis, the ED physician concludes the patient does not require acute care. He then pages the doctor on call to request that outpatient care be arranged.

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Making the Case Against Using Intranasal Steroids and Antihistamines for Otitis Media With Effusion


illustration of eustachian tubeShould allergy medications such as intranasal steroids and oral antihistamines be used to treat isolated otitis media with effusion (OME)? The answer is a resounding no, according to a review of previously collected data published in October’s Current Allergy and Asthma Reports. Rachel E. Roditi, MD, of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is lead author of the paper.

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Scott A. Shikora, MD, Elected President of IFSO

Scott Alan Shikora, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Scott Alan Shikora, MD, FACS, FASMBS, director of the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was recently named president-elect of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO). Dr. Shikora’s official appointment will begin in July at the 25th IFSO World Congress in Miami. He is the first Brigham physician to serve as President of IFSO.

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Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Appendiceal Cancers

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Appendiceal cancers are rare, with an estimated 1,500 people diagnosed per year in the United States. The rarity of these cancers and their diverse manifestations can make accurate diagnosis challenging.

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Strong Progress Made in Kidney Replacement Therapy Program

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Stereolithographic 3D bioprinting (left two panels) of a dog kidney nephron (right panel).

The once-long road to developing a viable alternative to kidney dialysis has become a little shorter thanks to strides made by a unique public-private partnership.

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New Skull Base Surgery Technology Designed to Eliminate Postsurgical Complications

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A duo at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has developed a new intraoperative, image-based guidance system to help surgeons more accurately visualize anatomical structures. The technology uses augmented reality to precisely register operative endoscopy views with preoperative CT or MRI images, allowing for real-time adjustment and fine-tuning based on the operator’s changing visual field.

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Care Model Has a Critical IMPACT on Patient Care in Psychiatry

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For over 20 years, the Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) model has offered improved care for patients in need of psychiatric care in the primary care setting. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a collaborative care paradigm modeled on IMPACT is in the final stages of being rolled out to primary care practices throughout the system.

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Higher Mortality and Hospital Use Linked to Dependency in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Among Cancer Patients

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A recent study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital advises that older cancer patients receive routine assessments of their ability to conduct certain daily living activities to identify those who need supportive intervention. The study, led by Clark DuMontier, MD, geriatrician and research fellow in Brigham and Women’s Division of Aging, found a correlation between patients’ ability to live independently and their odds of being hospitalized or dying.

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